“The fact is always obvious much too late, but the most singular difference between happiness and joy is that happiness is a solid and joy a liquid.” -J.D. Salinger, Nine Stories
“I’m going to need all of you. Put your embarrassment in a box and set that box on fire, when I clap you clap.” -John Kolvenbach, Stand Up If You’re Here Tonight
The epigraph to J.D. Salinger’s Nine Stories is the Venerable Master Hakuin’s famous Zen Koan:
“We know the sound of two hands clapping. But what is the sound of one hand clapping?
Well, that’s entirely up to you.
Hint: Don’t worry about coming up with an answer. Just sit with it for a while. Like all koans, allow it to break through your logical thought and reasoning, both of which are responsible for attachment and subsequent suffering.