The sound of one hand clapping…

Impossible? Impossible is nothing…

Imagine you only had one  hand available, the other could be lighting up a cigarette, playing a piano or answering a telephone. This could be a common occurance as we’re almost always busy doing something with our hands nowadays.

Now imagine you were suddenly required to clap, but you cannot stop what you are busy doing. Most naturally you would resort to hitting your leg to make a clapping sound.

Lets be honest, the sound eminating from your leg really doesn’t sound half as good as a clap using your two hands. I’d think this is mostly due to the absence of a hand clapping a hand. Could it be possible to clap your unoccupied hand with itself?

Impossible is nothing.

Like most of the finer things in life, if you want to learn to clap with one hand all you need to do is find a tutor and give it a go. Depending on how fast a learner you are, you could be making the sound of one hand clapping in no time!

Rumour has it, the sound is alot better than a two handed clap. Tempted to give it a try? Google awaits you with open arms…

The question “What is the sound of one hand clapping?” is actually a philosophical Zen riddle. Pondering the question is meant to bring you some form of enlightenment.

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The good news is that there can be no wrong answer (so you won’t be getting a ‘klap’ in the neck anytime soon). How each of us have interpreted this topic will be according to what we believe and know.

I feel the power of individuality in that and I’m loving it!



3 responses to “The sound of one hand clapping…

  1. nicolefernandes

    thank goodness im not a monk. although my mother must have thought I was one while growing up. got quite a few ‘klaps’ hehe interesting read.

  2. Great minds think alike! I also used that image in my post 🙂 My one hand is always occupied! Especially wen driving! So if you are sitting in the passenger seat, do not make me want to “klap” you! We might just “klap” the car “onderstebo”!

  3. Saw this pic of the monks and couldnt stop laughing!!

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