Zen Spot #88 — Mindfulness, meditation and Early Sunday Morning February 19, 2018 00:05

Rise, no rise

There is a palpable calmness and solitude to the Edward Hopper painting shown above. It’s as if the town through which the street runs is abandoned and safe — like nobody is laying in bed, behind the curtains. Nobody is cooking breakfast. Music isn’t moving. Oranges are not being squeezed. Eggs remain in the icebox. Entire families' freshly laundered Sunday-best hang completely still in hundreds of cedar closets.  

The quiet of an empty church. The fall of a tree in the woods when nobody is around. An unplugged black and white television sitting like a fire plug.

A fierce empty soundlessness

There is a kind of quiet that, when experienced, so reveals the omnipresence of nature of the true, that the rarity of an extended immersive encounter is inexplicable. A dropped pin that should have been a chainsaw. A falling feather that should have been a fire engine.

Ironically, the Middle Way of silence.


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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?