Violin Guy & Koan Nr. 12.

Via on Feb 18, 2012

The Koan: Zuigan Calls Himself “Master” goes something like this…

Every day Zuigan used to call out to himself, “Master?” He would respond, “Yes?” He would then ask himself, “Are you awake?” and would answer “Yes.” He would then ask, “Are you really awake? Don’t be fooled, not now, not ever.”
A man sat in DC metro during rush hour and started to play the violin. He played six Bach pieces for 45 minutes on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Who stopped to notice it was Joshua Bell, one of the most known violinists?
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Stop and hear the music. Are you awake? Are you really awake?            Don’t be fooled, not now, not ever.

Read more about Gene Weingarten’s story in The Washington Post: here.

About Tanya Lee Markul

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10 Responses to “Violin Guy & Koan Nr. 12.”

  1. Love this Tanya! We all could wake up a little more.

  2. Katherine says:

    I think maybe people just don't like Bach that much anymore. :o)

  3. karlsaliter says:

    I'm sorry, what? I was asleep.
    Nice idea, putting these two together, Tanya.
    Just posted to Elephant Spirituality on Facebook.

  4. Andrea Balt Andréa Balt says:

    Beautiful story. I'd heard it before but never with Bach in the background. Thanks!

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  6. Eric says:

    One person recognizes him, but her comment was very sweet (and he probably made like, $.77 in change :)

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