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# What is the sound of one hand clapping?

Glennn

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Thu 6 Nov, 2014 08:35 am
@PhilipOSopher,
It's like a story problem I heard long ago. The person talking to me said, "See how quickly you can come up with the answer to this after I've finished. A city bus with thirty people on it stops and lets off twelve people, and picks up seven. It stops again and lets off three people, and picks up eleven. It stops again and picks up one, and lets off five. On the next stop it lets off nine people and picks up four. The bus makes one more stop and lets off no people, and picks up two. Now, tell me quickly how many times the bus stopped?"

One hand clapping? One hand doesn't clap. End of discussion.
JLNobody

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Thu 6 Nov, 2014 11:10 am
@Glennn,
It never was a discussion; it was a demonstration of one mental condition.
Glennn

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Thu 6 Nov, 2014 11:53 am
@JLNobody,
End of demonstration.
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balesrj

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Mon 20 Apr, 2015 05:19 am
Polarities moving toward one another forms a vibration of movement. Without both sides coming toward each other, there is no movement or action. They need each other. I believe this is the meaning.
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frustrationiskey

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Thu 24 Mar, 2016 02:00 pm
@Ogitoc groe sum,
*clap*
cicerone imposter

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Thu 24 Mar, 2016 02:21 pm
@frustrationiskey,
*clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* so on, and so forth...
Glennn

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Sat 26 Mar, 2016 04:59 pm
@cicerone imposter,
The sound of one hand clapping is the same as the sound of two hands clapping, but only half as loud. Or, the same as three hands clapping, but only 1/3 as loud.

Only one hand has to move to make the sound of clapping.
cicerone imposter

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Sat 26 Mar, 2016 05:03 pm
@Glennn,
Oh, I see! Your imagination is much better than mine. You get four stars.
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Fil Albuquerque

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Mon 28 Mar, 2016 08:25 am
Its the waving sound of saying goodbye to this silly thread !
Glennn

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Mon 28 Mar, 2016 08:32 am
@Fil Albuquerque,
It is also the sound of a hand slapping your face.
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Mon 28 Mar, 2016 11:35 am
@Ogitoc groe sum,
The sound of one hand clapping is the sound of rain on a cloudless day.
Glennn

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Mon 28 Mar, 2016 11:57 am
Close. The truth is that the sound of rain on a cloudless day is the sound of one hand clapping.
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Glennn

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Mon 28 Mar, 2016 12:51 pm
@JLNobody,
Quote:
A koan (the kind of puzzle of which the sound of two hands is an example) is a tool (upaya) for zen "education" in the Rinzai tradition. The monk sits for hours forcusing with all his strength on a riddle/paradox that cannot be "solved".

Some koans have obvious answers; they can be solved.
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cicerone imposter

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Mon 28 Mar, 2016 12:59 pm
I have seen rain when it was sunny. Yes, there were clouds.
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AugustineBrother

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Thu 30 Jun, 2016 03:37 pm
@Ogitoc groe sum,
I think it shows the stupidity of the one posing it.

William James told the story of a group of hunters in the forest. One of the men sees a squirrel on a tree, and the squirrel sees him. The squirrel scrambles to the opposite side of the tree from the man. The man circles the tree, and the squirrel cautiously stays on the opposite side of the tree from him, and around and around they go, The other hunters disagree. One says the man goes around the tree and the squirrel, and another objects that the man goes around the tree, but not the squirrel. They turn to James to get the opinion of a philosopher. "It's all a matter of defining your terms," James answers. "If by 'going around' you mean 'going east, south, west, north, east, etc.,' then the man certainly goes around the squirrel. But if by 'going around' you mean 'going from side to back to side to belly to side, etc.' then the man does not go around the squirrel."
cicerone imposter

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Thu 30 Jun, 2016 03:41 pm
@AugustineBrother,
Perspective makes all the difference in the interpretation of events.
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Soda4

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Wed 8 Feb, 2017 04:21 am
@Ogitoc groe sum,
That soft focused moment of pure awarenesss. ... without thinking ,
sometimes you find the answer in the question :-)
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