14 April, 2011

Zen Koan

What is the sound of one hand clapping?

This blog is starting to seem like the answer to that koan. I don't expect to have dozens of hits a day, but I had hoped that this would start some discussions with friends I don't regularly have contact to.

It's sort of uncomfortable to write in a public diary that I can't figure out if anyone is reading, other than Sam and Toni. I know they read.

If you are reading, could you let me know? If it's just Sam and Toni, I'm going to close this down and head back over to Facebook as my main form of writing and communication.



  1. No.......... ! And wtf is a koan?

  2. That is what Google is for. All the information in the world can be googled!

    But what a koan is: a question like the one I used. It is meant to give Zen students something to meditate on.

    "It consists of a story, dialogue, question, or statement, the meaning of which cannot be understood by rational thinking but may be accessible through intuition."

    An example:
    Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.

    Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor's cup full, and then kept on pouring.

    The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. "It is overfull. No more will go in!"

    "Like this cup," Nan-in said, "you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?"

  3. Be patient. If you build it they will come.