Zen Spot #165 — Mindfulness, meditation and a single tree March 8, 2018 00:00

 

Questions and answers

A particular satisfaction can be found by making a single mark, while drawing, and giving it a name: tree. The visceral becomes the literal. The literal begs questions.

  1. Where are the branches?
  2. What is the season?
  3. Is it bending in the wind?
  4. What is the surrounding landscape?
  5. Is it dying?
  6. Are the branches covered in snow?

Dozens of questions can be asked about a single mark and, while I see a tree, you may see something else — or nothing at all. Language extends well beyond the order of characters of the alphabet.

Be mindful. What do you see?

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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?