The Middle Way

Zen Spot #207 — Mindfulness, meditation and the life of a single tree September 28, 2018 00:00


The tree that was planted on my birthday, 55 years ago, was cut down yesterday. It wasn’t my tree. It was my tree. My grandfather planted it as a gift for my mother for when she returned home from the hospital.

The image above is a stock photo. I never took a picture of my tree and wasn't there when it was destroyed. To know the precise day a tree was planted, and to know that, any day I wanted, I could pass by and say hello, is a weird loss that I will never write about again.

Goodbye, my friend.


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An artist, entrepreneur and writer walking the Buddhist path, his art focuses on the Dharma Wheel. The four wheels shown above are among over 600 Michael has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read the story of these wheels or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit

 What are The Four Noble Truths?

  1. The truth of suffering
  2. The truth of the origin of suffering
  3. The truth of the cessation of suffering
  4. The truth of the path to the cessation of suffering

What is The Noble Eightfold Path?

  1. Right view
  2. Right intention
  3. Right action
  4. Right speech
  5. Right livelihood
  6. Right effort
  7. Right mindfulness
  8. Right concentration

What is a Dharma Wheel?