One day Yao-shan Wei-yen (750-834), one of the well-known Chinese Ch'an master, was asked by the host of the monastery to give his sermon to the assembly who for a long while was expecting his teaching. Yao-shan said: "Strike the bell."
TOPIC: THE NEED TO PARTAKE IN IDLE AND UNESSENTIAL CONVERSATION
Posted on Mar.17.2013 @ 03:40PM EDTbyRickytone
The need to partake in idle and unessential conversation becomes logical if one is to interact with some members of modern society. It seems ultimately useless to communicate at all less a beneficial end is attained yet events rarely develop where a need to speak is caused by the need for insight in the average environment of experience. The topic for discussion then is: If zen is the soup is conversation the can opener and the mind the can?
indeed even soup is not soup but a collection ingredients label thus and a can is merely a material formed in a way that provides a function and in the case of the can the function being containment so given these elaborations