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If anything exists it changes June 3, 2011

Posted by Ezra Resnick in Language.

The New Yorker reports on a 300-person game of Telephone, played on the streets of Manhattan as part of the World Voices Festival of International Literature. Into the ear of the first person in the chain were whispered the opening three phrases of a Tibetan Buddhist sutra:

  1. Like a shimmering star, or a flickering lamp.
  2. A fleeting autumn cloud, or a shining drop of morning dew.
  3. A phantom, a dream, a bubble, so is all the existence to be seen.

These are the words of wisdom that emerged at the other side:

  1. Follow the glass stone. Follow the glass stone.
  2. The droid from hell.
  3. If anything exists it changes.


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