One Hand Clapping

ZEN MASTER - Silent Thunder Order

“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?

The answer?

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.

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