Zen Spot #205— Mindfulness, meditation and every imperfect silly bloom June 14, 2018 11:48

One / Million

Perhaps the aspect of the Buddhist path I love most is its ability to host paradox and logic equally well. One voice is no different than one million voices. One mind is no different than one million minds. One mile is no different than one million miles.

One flower is no different than one million flowers.


Somewhere, a blueprint exists for every specie of flower. Perhaps it’s not traditional, like that created to construct a building. But, at some point, a central design evolved, and an argument can be made that every flower — quintillions and quintillions — evolved from a single bloom.

A quintillion flowers

The sum total of every flower that ever bloomed, across all species, across all of time, is uncountable — somewhere less than an infinite number but somewhat more than any number countable. Assuredly, there have been a million flowers that could have been picked by every human being in history, with the knowledge that to do so would be impossible if done with care, one at a time.

A single flower

To carefully harvest one bloom, acknowledge it’s place in the soil, shape, aroma and beauty, is a sublime gift. To do so, is no different than to close one’s eyes and sit quietly for the same length of time in front of an infinite number of blooms. 

A billion petals

Perhaps counting the number of flowers that have bloomed across the entirety of history is a silly exercise. If so, it would naturally follow that counting the sum total of all petals is even sillier. Silliness, in this context, is more sublime because it often leads to a smile.

A single petal

Happiness and silliness are different. And, should one petal be truly silly, and lead to a smile, it might begin to explain why giving a single flower to a loved one can lead to a happiness that far exceeds the smile provided by the sum total of all silliness.


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?