Zen Buddhism, the ancient Japanese spiritual tradition, is filled with paradoxes, puzzles, contradictions. Does a tree that falls unnoticed in the forest make a noise? What is the sound of one hand clapping, or one mind snapping? The proud man of skill is defeated by the inspired ineptitude of the clown. Or, as the great 12th century poet, Sushi Toro says: "Toro moguro hamachi saki, uni onagi, yakitori sukiyaki." Translation: "Never give a sucker an even break."
Mastersingers of Nuremberg
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