yama uba     DAisetz Suzuki introduces     page      4
 

Valet


How bizarre to ask us to do such a thing!

You must have mistaken us for some other people.

You’d like us to sing the song of the hag!




Hag


C’mon.

Don’t tell lies.

I know who the lady is.

She is the very famous singer, Diva the hag.

She is well-known for her song about a hag who prowls in the mountains.

Please sing that marvellous song of the hag for me.

Please do, Diva the hag!


Hag.

It’s just a name.

She doesn’t know what she is singing about.

She doesn’t know what a hag really is.




Valet


Of course, she does.

Everyone knows that a hag is an ugly old witch in the mountains.




Hag


Right!

One can think that a hag is an old witch in the mountains.

Oh, it doesn’t matter if she is a witch or a human.

But if she is an old woman living in the mountains, precisely it is about me.

You are singing about me!

But you don’t care!

You sing the song beautifully, but that’s all.

Just lyrics and pretensions.

You don’t give a damn about the woman you are singing about.

Curse it, you!

You are famous.

Everyone’s talking about you.

Why?

Because of the song about me!

You know it very well.

Then, why don’t you sing the song for me?

If you dedicate that beautiful song to Buddha, how wonderful, it will purify me and I can forget about the obsession to the material world.

the playwright's recommendation

Some researchers like Karl Pribram believe that we recreate three-dimensional images, or holograms, in our brain in order to understand what the world is. Our "perception" is just another name for our interpretation of "information at a different level of reality". (See «The Field» by Lynne McTaggart, p106; Element, HarperCollinsPublishers)


Zen masters used a beautiful metaphor of the dewdrops reflecting the moonlight in order to express the same mechanism.


Zen Buddhists should not ignore science. On the contrary, they should be glad to have got much richer vocabulary to explain how Zen works thanks to scientists.


Ikkyu and Dogen must be happy to employ the word "holography" to illustrate Zen's function much more simply.


Those three books («The LOL2A Principle», «Siddhartha», «The Field») are good preparatory reading materials. Sincerely recommended. They bridge the gap between the East and the West, or Zen and Science.

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