Zen Spot #47 -- Mindfulness, meditation and hundreds of dog bowls wanting to sing December 17, 2017 02:06

Singing bowl

The Buddhist concept of interdependence fascinates me. That the air within a bowl defines the bowl as much its material, color and shape, is an equally sensible and esoteric idea. A playful, serious paradox.

It naturally follows that the sound of a Buddhist singing bowl is made up equally of its song and the preceding and receding quiet.

The sound of a dog eating from a bowl

Mayze is a Boston Terrier. Much loved, her chrome bowl sits on our kitchen floor. Unless forced into the corner of the room, it slides around while she eats. For some reason, she seems to prefer chasing her food. 

Quiet. Slurp. Chew. Slide. Nudge. Quiet.

Hundreds of singing bowls

Sitting across from hundreds of new dog bowls, while Mayze's nails were being trimmed at our local pet supply store, it occurred to me that, if all the bowls were set on the floor for hundreds of dogs to eat together, the song would be no different -- and completely different -- than the song of one dog eating. 

Quiet. Slurp. Chew. Slide. Nudge. Quiet.

Interdependence.

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