Zen Spot #101 — Mindfulness, meditation and reaching into a swarm of flies February 24, 2018 00:05

Carnival barkers crucified circa 1977

The walls of CBGB, the Punk music club in New York City’s Bowery, were true, ambitious, calculated, spiraling and unconscious. Control that could have been exercised over the crucifixion of cheap playbills was turned over to the gods and chance. The air and culture was saturated. That single, never-ending, unanswerable, existential question floated between the walls and hovered while musicians, artists, writers and thinkers tried to grab it, like reaching into a swarm of flies, with the desire to shackle it and jam it down a listener’s throat. Philosophies, schools and ideas were smashed together, bash-printed on the cheapest crap available, and then stapled to the plaster with hope.

The Eightfold Path

The walls of my temple, an anonymous destination in Philadelphia, are true, ambitious, calculated, spiraling and unconscious. Control that could have been exercised over the distribution of chant hymnals has been turned over to the proctors. The air and culture are saturated. That single, never-ending, unanswerable, existential question floats between the walls and hovers while believers try to grab it, like reaching into a swarm of flies, with the desire to transcend. Philosophies, schools and ideas are distilled, discussed with whomever available, and then stapled to our insides with the hope of dissolving like stitches on a wound.

With work, commitment and letting go of desire, we occasionally emerge from the dark.

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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?