The Sound of Rain

“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.‘” – Alan Wattsrain on grassIt reminds me of a discussion I had with Dad when I was a young teenager, only it was not quite so lofty. It was good old-fashioned one-upsmanship, and, oh, I thought I had him! Dad used to help me with Math. (Really, I just threw tantrums about how stupid Math is and refused to learn it.)

“What is life, Dad? What’s real? Life is connection, STORY, interaction, to know one another! Life is language!”

“Christie,” my analytical father chuckled, “If you speak Math, you can speak anywhere in the world.”

Bested!

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