Zen Spot #93 — Mindfulness, meditation and the Boogie Woogie baby monk February 10, 2018 00:05

Orange, guttural warble

Buddhist monks reach into the abyss while chanting together. The return of an echo that was never fog-horned into a canyon happens. Better heard with eyes closed, the depth can seem infinite. Wondering if the boundless warble has resided within the monks since they were children is reasonable. 

Pre-monk funk

Toddlers dance. Every toddler. They can’t help themselves. Sometimes to music. At other times, to an internal blitz. At some point though, the blitz fades. Study begins. Dancing becomes either a decision or a natural outcome of study. That is to say, dancing leaves with the learned language of the monk.

A finish line is reached.

I’m not a monk and I can’t see the finish line

The wish to dance resides inside me. Ugly dancing is possible, of course. Everybody can ugly dance. Rhythm is desired, while trying to walk a path where desire leads away from enlightenment.

A paradox.

Without desire, dancing is a neutral act because, well, all physical movement is a dance. Rhythm can be found in silence, if only from one’s heartbeat. Dancing to one’s heartbeat, whether ugly or not, is unknowable by passersby. 

Dance to your heartbeat.


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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

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