Zen Spot #361 -- Mindfulness, meditation and the lost Dharma Wheel June 30, 2020 00:00

Six hundred Dharma Wheels

In 2013, I drew almost 600 Dharma Wheels. In hindsight, the number seems a bit excessive but, once I got going, momentum propelled me forward until I intuitively knew it was time to slow down. I’ve never stopped, but I now draw only one or two each month. The compulsion to create art is a funny thing. 

In the chaos of creation, I lost the file for a very special wheel. An inset of the artwork is shown above. I think I cropped the final drawing and accidentally destroyed the remainder. Seven years later, having repeatedly torn my library apart, I’ve finally accepted that it’s gone forever.

At the time, it was easy to create. The process was playful and I wasn’t paying close attention. I was in the moment and, when I stopped, I knew I had created something special. 

Using the inset as a guide, I could recreate the entire wheel, but I believe art can only be created once. When it’s done, it’s done. The process should be forgotten. The experience should be forgotten. 

All that should remain is the instant visceral response when first viewed, and even that should forgotten. 



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 600 he has created over the course of his career. Each has a unique story. If you’d like to read more about an individual wheel or purchase a framed 20" x 20" ready-to-hang print, visit SilkDharma.com.

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