Qi and phenomenology of wind
A famous Zen priest Hohtetsu was gently fanning himself. A young monk asks him: The wind-nature is always everywhere between heaven and earth. Why are you using the fan? The priest answers: You know only that the wind-nature is always everywhere. However you do not know the way-truth that no place is not penetrated by the wind-nature. The monk asks: What is this way-truth? Then the priest answers without a word using only his fan. Dogen explains this dialogue: To say that you do not use the fan because the wind-nature is always everywhere, and that you shall hear wind by using no fan, means that this young monk does not know the always and everywhere being of the wind-nature. The wind-nature is always everywhere, therefore the Buddhistic wind lets the golden earth be....1
Ogawa, T. (1998)., Qi and phenomenology of wind, in A. Steinbock (ed.), Phenomenology in Japan, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 97-111.
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