A Leonard Cohen Koan: What Is The Sound Of Two Zen Monks Hearing Ten New Songs?

How do you feel your experience of Buddhism has influenced you and why is your experience of meditation not reflected more in your songs?

 

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A while ago I played the record [Ten New Songs] for two Zen monks. When it was finished they were silent for some time. Then one of them said, ‘That was as good as two weeks of session’ (an intensive meditation retreat). The other monk kept his eyes closed and only opened them when I filled his glass. Then we kept on drinking.

 

Leonard Cohen

 

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I am republishing selected posts from my former Leonard Cohen site, Cohencentric, here on AllanShowalter.com (these posts can be found at Leonard Cohen). This entry was originally posted Mar 17, 2018.

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