Can you hear the river?

A Zen Master was travelling with a few disciples, from one monastery to the other in the mountains. When they settled for the evening, one disciple asked the Master:

What is the essence of Zen? What is the essence of the Buddha’s teaching, of meditation?
Tell me, Master.

The Master said to the disciple: Listen. Can you hear that far away river?

The disciple becomes quiet.
Yes, I can hear the river – he said.

The Master said: That is the essence of Zen, of meditation.

Vasant Swaha