Carpe Diem #935 Cicada
In the words of Chev., ( Kristjaan )
Koan after koan explores the theme of nonduality. Hakuin’s well-known koan, “Two hands clap and there is a sound, what is the sound of one hand?” is clearly about two and one. The koan asks, you know what duality is, now what is nonduality? In “What is your original face before your mother and father were born?” the phrase “father and mother” alludes to duality. This is obvious to someone versed in the Chinese tradition, where so much philosophical thought is presented in the imagery of paired opposites. The phrase “your original face” alludes to the original nonduality.
Comparable statements are: “Look at the flower and the flower also looks”; “Guest and host interchange”.
Analyzing the koan for its literal meaning won’t lead to insight, though understanding the context from which koans emerged can make them more intelligible. For example, when a monk asked Zhaozhou (Joshu) “does a dog have Buddha-nature or not?”, the monk was referring to the understanding of the teachings on Buddha-nature, which were understood in the Chinese context of absolute and relative reality.
The aim of the break-through koan is to see the “nonduality of subject and object”:
The monk himself in his seeking is the koan. Realization of this is the insight; the response to the koan […] Subject and object – this is two hands clapping. When the monk realizes that the koan is not merely an object of consciousness but is also he himself as the activity of seeking an answer to the koan, then subject and object are no longer separate and distinct […] This is one hand clapping.
after groping in the realm of the ” koan ” , and the nondualty (that the koan is not merely an object of consciousness but is also he himself as the activity of seeking an answer to the koan, then subject and object are no longer separate and distinct […] This is one hand clapping.) , I came to the conclusion that I have a koan ‘ moment ‘ some days back while I was roaming in a garden .
following the path of the master ,Basho , here is my attempt for a koan haiku
honeybee sucks its nectar
am I satisfied ?
photo ( my pic )