[lit-ideas] Re: to lurk or not to lurk, that's the question -"AMEN!"

  • From: John Wager <johnwager@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 02 May 2004 08:13:00 -0500


Learning to be Silent

The pupils of the Tendai school used to study meditation before Zen 
entered Japan. Four of them who were intimate friends promised one 
another to observe seven days of silence.

On the first day all were silent. Their meditation had begun 
auspiciously, but when night came and the oil lamps were growing dim one 
of the pupils could not help exclaiming to a servant: "Fix those lamps."

The second pupil was surprised to hear the first one talk. "We are not 
supposed to say a word" he remarked.

"You two are stupid. Why did you talk?" asked the third.

"I am the only one who has not talked," concluded the fourth pupil.

(#71 of Zen Stories)

Torgeir Fjeld wrote:

>phatic remarks, while twisting on his dancing shoes (which also serves as 
>his work shoes -- phatic is a poor dancer)  that it seems that a post 
>declaring it's own status as lurking is inherently paradoxical. It almost 
>makes me feel alive, phatic says, with an implicit nod to McEvoy. 

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