What use is there for the wooden fish?


Wooden fish, commonly called mu-yu in Chinese transliteration, is an

implement for worship during singing in praise of the Buddha. A piece

of wood hard and solid is carved such that it is hollowed, rounded on

one end, and with a handle on the other. Once hit, it emits a potent

low-toned sound as reminder for those heeding. To the analogy of a

fish in water not ever breaking, not ever closing its eyes, the wooden

fish is there to spur everyone to refrain from indolence, to seize time

for continual practice.