“I had a discussion with a great Zen Master in Japan… and we were talking about the various people who are working to translate the Zen books into English, and he said, “That's a waste of time. If you really understand Zen… you can use any book. You could use the Bible. You could use Alice in Wonderland. You could use the dictionary, because… the sound of the rain needs no translation.”
— Alan Watts
Only with the mind can we translate. And so much is lost in this translation. When we look, listen, feel the world around us, everything we need is there. Directly. Translate it into words, and something is lost.
But until we awake, words are needed, to point the way to Truth.
Today, ask you go about your day, listen, inhale, and step your way through Zen.
Because it is all around you.
It is life itself.
This is the True meditation of Zen.
This is Truth.
Listen to the rain,
…the sound of the rain needs no translation.