Zen Spot #131 -- Mindfulness, meditation and a tattooed rose departure February 1, 2018 00:15

Begin with an observation of beauty

The image above begs so many questions. It was found on the wall of a building, below a much larger mural of horses, while driving through the Northern Liberties section of Philadelphia. Perhaps 12 inches high, it is invisible except to those who stop to look at the horses.

To be sure, the image is lovely, if only because it was made from love. This fact needs to be clearly written. Love prompted. Love lost prompted. 


Red roses

Passion incarnate. Taken into the next life. Left behind. Simple. Unmistakable in their symbolism. No need to reinvent. Prose left to other ideas.

A closing eye

The animation of the inanimate. Sleep coming. Sleep having arrived. Moving to the next place. Simple. Mistakable. A certain joy. Perhaps the end of suffering.

A cartoon coffin

Again, the animation of the inanimate. Rendering what the hand of the renderer can render. Not Bugs Bunny. Not a tattoo. Not Gomez Addams. Not Shiva. 

A white sash

Purity of the soul, no matter whose. Washed clean. No matter whose. Enough room to write a message. Perhaps no truer a message. The dead having been here for 100 years or a hundred seconds. It doesn't matter.

Saying goodbye as a loved one moves into the next life

To take the time to create such a memorial, and find a home that will contrast the maker’s need to have the message posted for the world to see with the dead’s implicit wish to not make a fuss, demonstrates a wonderful love — and, with its placement, a goodbye that is never final. 

A wonderful love, left in a holy place.


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 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 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?