Moving Mind: Zen storytelling in ASL

The Zen parable Moving Mind illustrates how one tells a story in ASL (American Sign Language).

Above is a parable interpreted in May 2009 along with the English text below.

Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. The first one stated, "It's the wind that is really moving." The second contended, "No, it's the flag that is moving." A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. "Neither the flag nor the wind is moving," he said. "It is MIND that moves."

Netizens' Views

"We all perceive things differently. Reality is colored by our experiences."

"Mind over matter."

"Mind is the ultimate power."

Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. The first one stated, "It's the wind that is really moving." The second contended, "No, it's the flag that is moving." A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. "Neither the flag nor the wind is moving," he said. "It is MIND that moves."

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