Ching Ch'ing, a Chinese Ch'an master, asked a monk:
-What is the sound outside?
The monk answered:
-That is the sound of rain.
The master said:
-Sentient beings are upside down, they lose themselves in pursuit of things.
TOPIC: TO TRANSLATE ZEN BOOKS TO ENGLISH IS A WASTE OF TIME
Posted on Sep.21.2013 @ 07:31PM EDTbyleoj99
To translate Zen books to English is a waste of time.
"I had a
discussion with a great master in Japan, and we were talking about the
various people who are working to translate the Zen books into English,
and he said, 'That's a waste of time. If you really understand Zen, you
can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in
Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because the sound of the rain
needs no translation."