Someone with a little inner training, checks the position of the chair before sitting down, and is careful not to encroach on any neighbouring space. He settles down silently, and then withdraws and sits still. With audience of this kind, the place fills up without any disturbance; they come in, as the Zen phrase has it, ‘like snowflakes falling’.
The silence can deepen into an almost tangible peace. When the concert or address begins, it is heard by minds already calm, and correspondingly capable of fullest appreciation. They come in this way who have passed through the Zen riddle called The Sound Of One Hand. They have well come.