Our world is at a very interesting age. In the West, people are studying yoga, karate, meditation - Eastern things. In the East people are studying science, business, Western art and philosophy - Western things. This is now the time when Yin and Yang are changing very quickly. So if you are holding on to any idea - of what is Eastern, what is Western, how things are, how things ought to be - holding any idea, any opinion at all, then you will have a problem; you cannot connect with the world. But, if you lay it all down, all your ideas, all opinions, then the truth is right in front of your eyes...Zen Master Seung Sahn of Providence Zen Center writes in the introduction to A Still Forest Pool, a compilation of the teachings of the Thai Forest Buddhist tradition meditation master Achaan Chah. My soundtrack is Sabîl from Palestinian oud player Ahmad Al Khatib and the Israeli Druze percussionist Youssef Hbeisch, a CD from the record label with a secret life that I found recently in FNAC in Montpelier. The Druze are a minority within Israel and consider their faith to be a new interpretation of the three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. More from the Thai Forest Buddhist tradition in The sound is just following its own nature.
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