"What is the sound of one hand clapping?" is a traditional zen koan -- a question posed by a Zen master to a student.
It is meant to be pondered from within the routine of daily life until the answer opens the true heart of the question. All koans must be answered from within the realm of one's own personal experience, and thus be encountered in the journey of living rather than in the rationalizations of logical thought.
Accordingly, each koan has many answers, answers that will vary both in words and in the stirring of one's mind and emotions.
Even the wisest Zen teacher cannot tell you your own answer. You must find it for yourself, and not in your mind, and not in the comfort of a rational response. Once experienced, the answer is often a life changing experience, and needs no confirmation from anyone else.
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The Sound of One Hand Clapping has 425 pages.
When clapping both hands one sound is heard. The sound only seems as one, but it is actually the sum of two sounds. Right hand and left hand. Each hand is making the sound of one hand clapping.
The duration of The Sound of One Hand Clapping - film - is 1.55 hours.
The ISBN of The Sound of One Hand Clapping is 0-7329-0896-5.
The Sound of One Hand Clapping - film - was created on 1996-04-23.
This question has 2 answers. Either a one-hand clapping makes a lighter sound than a two-hand clapping when your one hand tries to slap its fingers to its palm. The other answer would be that it sounds like this:
no.that is not true because, you have to think "well what can I clap on one hand for it to make a sound?" or "is my clapping metaphorical as in silent applause?"there are many answers to this but there wouldn't be a definite "yes" or "no"Well.... No. Clapping is useing both hands and hitting them against eachother to make a sound, you cannot make a sound useing only one hand. Unless you use a object or another hand. There for there is no sound of one hand clapping.
I'm not completely sure what you are asking but I think the sound of one hand clapping is snapping your fingers because the sound from a snap comes from the air escaping from under your middle finger when it contacts the base of your thumb.
The duration of One-Hand Clapping is 1.57 hours.
What is the question ? The answer to -7 is a lot like one scissor, or the sound of one hand clapping.
A product of one number is like the sound of one hand clapping. It cannot exist.
This is called a loaded question. Loaded questions contain false or questionable assumptions. The classic example is "Do you still beat your dog?" This question assumes that the person owns a dog and that the dog has been beaten. If either of these assumptions are false the question cannot be answered with "yes" or "no", correct answers expose the false assumptions contained within the question. Answers might be "I do not own a dog" or "I have never beaten my dog." In our question the assumption is that one hand can clap and thereby make a sound. The answer to this question will be determined by how we define "clapping," which will then determine if the assumption it contains is true or false. If we define clapping as "two hands slapping together, thereby producing a sound," then the assumption that one hand can clap is false and the answer should then expose the false assumption. The answer would then be "one hand cannot clap." However, if we define clapping as "one hand slapping another object, thereby producing a sound," then the assumption is true, clapping only requires one hand, and the answer to the question is simply "a clapping sound".
The cast of One Hand Clapping - 2013 includes: Kyle Worthington as Alex
Try clapping with one!
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The cast of One Hand Clapping - 1972 includes: Don Arioli Dave Broadfoot Judith Gault
The sound of one hand clapping. GCF, greatest commonfactor, needs two or more numbers to work on.
Uh--they're unseen, it would be hard to know, like the sound of one hand clapping.
no I'm not
It is the sound of a single hand clapping
A 'product' is the answer you get when you multiply two numbers (multiply one number by another).There's no such thing as the product of one number. It's like the sound of one hand clapping.
A chest clap could be referring to a form of applause done with one hand.
The clapping at the beginning of the song "Please Mr. Postman" is known as the hook.