The Shrine of Sounds


Human ear can hear sound frequencies between approximately 20 and 20,000 hertz. You identify certain sounds for different things and make sense of the world through sounds, to sense and to communicate. Some sounds are unfamiliar to your ears, and you’ll sense anticipation for what you’ll face. Some sounds are unwanted, they disturb you like that time you were taking a nap and a loud bang on your front door woke you up abruptly, or the ones that made it difficult for you to hear your friend speaking to you across a loud bar, these sounds are called noise.

But instead I found myself in that very shrine hearing all the noises I never expected to hear.

I pictured an air of serenity in my head when I thought of a Buddhist shrine; the sound of the monk’s bare feet against the wooden flooring of the shrine and faint chimes…

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