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The Sound of the One Hand: 281 Zen Koans with Answers

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281 Zen Koans with answers.
Paperback, 322 pages
Published January 26th 1976 by Basic Books (first published January 1st 1975)
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Peycho Kanev
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
In clapping both hands a sound is heard; what is the sound of the one hand?

ANSWER
The pupil faces his master, takes a correct posture, and without a word, thrusts one hand forward.

MASTER
If it’s that convenient a thing, let me hear it too!

ANSWER
Without a word, the pupil slaps his master’s face.


The one hand—how far will it reach?
ANSWER
The pupil places his hand on the floor and says, “This is how far it goes.”


Why do birds shit on Buddha’s head?

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“What the hell! Some damned bird shit on my head!”
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