Silence is not the absence of sound

Zen Flash

Sometimes there would be a rush of noisy visitors,
and the Silence of the monastery would be shattered. This would upset the students; not the Master,
who seemed just as content with the noise as with the Silence.

To his protesting disciples he said one day,
“Silence is not the absence of sound, but the absence of self.”

~ Anthony de Mello ~

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