Zen Spot #126 — Mindfulness, meditation and the purple electric inside February 11, 2018 00:05

The color of a paradox

There is the question of the color of the nature of the mind. In the case of metaphysics, I’m confident that the color of the nature of the mind falls outside the visible spectrum of light. It naturally follows that the color would be logical but inconceivable.

Depictions, however, necessarily require words or pigment. And, while desire is something that we aspire to remove in pursuit of the reduction of suffering, few people would balk at the opportunity to choose the color of their mind. I desire purple despite my favorite color being red. Purple is my choice, when answering an absurd question grounded in a state of desire that will, by its very nature, prolong suffering.

The owner of the home above, whose interior projected a radiating purple light onto translucent window blinds, chose precisely the color I chose — on a Friday night, in November, in Philadelphia, on a street that I desire.

The road is long and, one way or another, the lights in the windows along the street will fade. Perhaps, at one point, we will see beyond the spectrum.


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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?