Zen Spot #65 — Mindfulness, meditation, fiery fangs and graffiti February 10, 2018 00:05

A never-ending canvas

In north Philadelphia, near 5th and Cecil B. Moore, is a cinder block wall that partially surrounds a courtyard of some sort. The owners allow people to create street art on the walls. Artists continually paint over the previous work, after a respectful time — perhaps a month or so. The quality of the work ranges, but all of it is careful and personal. Those who paint are thoughtful.

I visit the canvas occasionally.

In space, no one can hear you scream

The mural above has since been painted over. It was born and it died. In between, hundreds of people stopped to visit and marvel, including myself. Among the most notable movie experiences of my lifetime is the scene, in Alien, where the monster breaks out of the chest cavity of one of the characters. The fight scenes are vicious and mercy is never shown. The volume is staggering in a theater.

Mindfulness near the fangs

I was by myself when I took the picture above. Otherwise, you would see me sitting, with my eyes closed, breathing, with no fear of being eaten.


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 DharmaMechanic 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?