Zen Spot #54 — Mindfulness, meditation and a flying mud bubble bath January 20, 2018 19:36

At altitude

I look forward to my first visit to Lhasa. For years, I’ve poured over books and pictures. Prayer flags. Scooters. Permafrost at altitude. Open markets. Fresh vegetables. Free dogs. Ornamental architecture — homes, temples, gateways. And, of course, Potala Palace in the sky

I’ve never seen rain or mud. 

John Cage

A musician of sorts, his Buddhist beliefs influenced his work. An overt eastern influence shouldn't be expected when one listens. Instead, quiet and chance are embraced. Roll a bowling ball down a piano keyboard. Put your ear against a brick wall. Hold a stick in a babbling creek. Remain quiet for 4 minutes and 33 seconds.

My influences

Perhaps too often I write about a small group of artists. It’s not that I don’t know art history, it’s that my visceral connection resides within a particular minority of major artists or a worldwide base of nameless amazing minor artists. This essay, too, finds the work of the minority a focus. I will withhold the name. It’s easy to find.

Impermanence, nature, engineering and chance

I had read about a 20th century mud bubble bath ten years ago, but long forgot its existence. Having only seen pictures, I hadn't embraced social media before its memory faded. 

Walking around a corner, paying attention to other things at MOMA, a black room holding a giant glass vat the size of a five car garage presented itself, farting and burping--mud. Beautiful, sexy, wonderful mud.

Motors, forcing air through PVC pipes underneath the vat, pushed bubbles the size of softballs to the surface. Viscous, thick — it takes a little while for the bubbles to rise from the bottom. The music was sublime. I fell in love and considered starting a mud fight. 

If I took a flying leap, it would cuddle me with goo and I’d never hit the bottom. Like a salt water lake, I could lie on my back, make a snow angel, and let the bubbles burst around my body. I could fart and let the stench creep.

Buddhists fart.


About DharmaMechanic

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 DharmaMechanic 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 SilkDharma.com.

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?