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(1998) Phenomenology in Japan, Dordrecht, Springer.

Qi and phenomenology of wind

Tadashi Ogawa

pp. 97-111

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

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DOI: 10.1007/978-94-017-2602-3_7

Full citation:

Ogawa, T. (1998)., Qi and phenomenology of wind, in A. Steinbock (ed.), Phenomenology in Japan, Dordrecht, Springer, pp. 97-111.

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