I’ve been looking at this painting for a long time. It’s strange to say but I can’t recall which I did first: the inner or outer circle, the viridian or the ochre. Technically I’m supposed to load the brush with the colours and let the enso unfold in one stroke. I do that but then I feel compelled to do more… and we know where that leads, don’t we!?
The ways in which I encourage my suffering through poor consumption of nutriments are legion. It’s quite likely that I will be spending the rest of my lifetimes just on one turning of the wheel – recognition. Yet every so often, I hit an understanding of how I not only encourage the causes of my suffering but also how I can encourage a different choice. This is the second turning of the wheel of the Second Noble Truth.
In a response to a question during our zazenkai dharma discussion, Frank pointed out that the joy of practice is not about feeling a sense of whoopee when we become aware. It is in seeing that we now have the opportunity to make a different choice for the next moment. It struck me that the second turning of the 2NT is about attaching a steering wheel to the turning wheels! Now this buggy can take those hair-pin turns without flipping.
Buckle up and hang on! We’re about to hit the Autobahn of Awareness practice!
haha! thank you!
Autobahn for you, muddy track for me.
Buckle up! Do they have insurance for that?
Joseph, So glad you liked this. Writing a blogpost in a hotel room with none of my comforts around was tough!
Barry, ox love muddy tracks!
ZDS, are hitting on a great scam… I mean… charitable business venture??? Dharma insurance. But I think Martin Luther put an end to that, no? 😉