The Sound of Water, The Sound of Wind

The Sound of Water, The Sound of Wind

by Bopjong, Brian Barry

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The lotus blossoms in July, so the other day I took a trip-something of an annual pilgrimage of sorts-to a provincial park famous for its sea of pink lotuses. I go there every summer and just saunter around the huge pond for half a day or so and then return.
The rainy season had already begun and when I arrived it was drizzling and the park was deserted. With umbrella in hand, I stood on the footbridge in the center of the pond, inhaling the mystical fragrance and watching the raindrops fall on the large green lotus pads. As it began to rain harder, it was interesting to observe that what seemed like large raindrops falling in front of my eyes looked more like tiny grains of millet once they landed on the pads.
Then I noticed something else.
The raindrops would collect into little transparent crystal pools on the pads. As more raindrops fell, the pools became larger and heavier, and the pads began to roll the pools around on their surfaces. When these little crystal pools grew to a certain size and weight, the pads unhesitatingly dropped them down onto the other pads below. Those pads in turn rolled the pools around until they were too big and heavy, whence they just rolled them off and down into the pond.
I watched this process rather indifferently until I realized what was going on, and then I marveled at the wisdom to be found in the lotus pond. The pads held what they could until it became too much for them, and then they freed themselves of their burdens. If they didn't and, out of greed, tried to hold as many raindrops as possible, then either the pads would tear or their stems would break from the weight.

- Zen Master Bopjong, Spring, Summer, Winter, Fall

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BN ID: 2940158730146
Publisher: Jain Publishing Company
Publication date: 06/28/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 1 MB

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Zen_and_Back_Again More than 1 year ago
Revered Korean Zen Master Bobjong writes "The Sound of Water, The Sound of Wind" with gentle simplicity and profound insight. His words read like water-color landscape paintings--beautifully, with earthy grandeur and deep spiritual gravity. "The Sound of Water," translated by Brian Barry, includes essays that Master Bobjong wrote between 1976 and 1986. Each chapter focuses on a different theme, some Buddhist, others more universal, but all redolent with the fragrance of wisdom. My favorite was "An Unforgettable Dharma Friend," in which Master Bobjong relates the loss of his dear friend Suyon. The story is poignant and heartfelt, reminding us how fragile and ephemeral life truly is. A close second is "Branches Snapping in the Snow," a meditation on how gentleness is often stronger than sturdiness. Elegant and exquisite, this collection warms the heart. I really enjoyed reading it, and am certain to reread it over the years; it's the kind of book that you can return to again and again, discovering something new every time you read it. I wish you the same luck with the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It should be noted that Barnes and Noble has misprinted the author. The author is Zen Master Ven. Bopjong no Brian Bopjong. The translator and editor is Brian Barry. Ven. Bopjong (recently deceased) is a personal favorite of mine and so likely read this more closely than others might. I have read other works (there are few) in English by Ven Bopjong. Mr. Barry has done an excellent job of translating and editing this collection of early writings into a very readable form. not an easy task. The work is easy to follow and well organized. It is easy to read one section and ruminate for a while, read several sections at different points in the book or go back and reexamine a section. Ven Bopjong's books have been very popular in Korea and bestsellers for years after publication. He lived a very simple life style challenging many at all levels of society. This book clearly reflects the depth of his simple and practical life. It can be understood by anyone at any level of knowledge or experience.