Mandala #353 – Asemic Cipher

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asemic /əˈsem.ɪk/ adjective

  1. using lines and symbols that look like writing, but do not have any meaning.

cipher /ˈsʌɪfə/ noun

  1. a secret or disguised way of writing.
  2. DATED a zero; a figure 0.

This is the zeroth post in a short series of mandalas created from excerpts of text written in scripts that are — at least to me — undecipherable. The resulting forms invite the observer to perhaps ponder for a moment as to the original meanings, or perhaps to simply rest a while in their asemic nature.

This series is dedicated to my dear friend, fellow blogger, wanderer, keen photographer and insightful observer of nature, bluebrightly. Thank you for the spark of inspiration for these.

Mandala #349 – Arête

But then he learned that, whatever the guards did or whatever situation he was in, his own reaction was quite another thing. This uncoupling of outer goings on from our reactions to them is key to our finding peace. [Referring to Gochen Tulku Sangak Rinpoche, imprisoned age 13]

Lama Tsomo, Wisdom and Compassion, 2021