Tuesday, October 25, 2005

The Question Is The Answer!

What is meant by that?
You can search on it! Google on it: "the question is the answer"
And you will get about 900 hits.
And you can add Zen and get this in Google: Zen "the question is the answer"
And you will get about 300 hits.

One of them is this one:

And you can read a question:
I have recently read a book on Zen Buddhism and it seems very interesting, but one thing I really can't understand is one question (koan...or something) that goes like:
"What is the sound of one hand clapping?"
and I am thinking and thinking and thinking about this, but i can't find the answer.
it's driving me insane, so that's why I am asking here.
Does anyone know the answer to this?
(or at least explain to me what it means)
Thanks so much!
- Anastasia

And you can read an answer:
If anybody "knows" the answer, they certainly can't tell you. I don't know "The Answer" myself, but I suggest that the answer you are trying to get doesn't exist. Not that there isn't an answer, it is just not what you think it is.

To get you started though you have to inquire into this koan as deeply as you can.

What is clapping anyway? Can one hand even clap? What is sound for that matter? What is hearing and what is it that hears? What is this question? What could possibly be an answer to it??

Full concentration on the question is the answer. It is a dharma door, IMO. You have to open it and walk through, not just say 'ooh there's a door'. My break's over though, so I'll be quiet now.