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What is the sound of one hand clapping?
The phrase "the sound of one hand clapping" is a Zen kōan, a type of riddle or paradox used in Zen Buddhism to test and challenge a student's understanding of the nature of reality. The koan is not meant to be taken literally, but rather as a tool for meditation and introspection. The point of the koan is to lead the student to a deeper understanding of the self and the world by questioning the mind's usual ways of thinking and perception. The answer to the koan is not a sound, but rather a realization or enlightenment.
The sound of one hand clapping is the sound without a hearer. There is no two-ness, no duality of a hearer and a sound, hence there is only sound. This is the realization.
Exactly, the koan "the sound of one hand clapping" is not meant to have a literal answer, but to challenge one's understanding of the nature of reality, specifically the duality of subject and object. It is meant to question the idea that sound needs an observer or hearer to exist and instead points to the idea that sound is an inherent characteristic of the universe and that the division of subject and object is just a human construct. The realization that you described is the understanding that in the ultimate reality, there is no duality, there is no subject and object, there is no separate self and the world, there is only the unity of the all. This realization is often associated with the attainment of enlightenment in Buddhism.
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