koan

[ UK /kˈə‍ʊɑːn/ ]
NOUN
  1. a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning
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How To Use koan In A Sentence

  • Like the ponderer of a Zen koan, the viewer must come to terms with this paradox.
  • The goal of the Zen koan is enlightenment, which is a profound change of heart.
  • 4 The koan is the principal form of meditation practiced by the Rinzai sect. Notes on 'Kafka and the Coincidence of Opposites'
  • Whether you think of it as a Buddhist riddle termed a "koan", a mystical allegory, or an inner-world travelogue; if you're in the right frame of mind, you will surely be fascinated by Bae's highly intelligent, visually arresting film. John Farr: Getting Religion: The Ten Best Films on Faith
  • I suppose you could say that it was like the sudden solution to a koan, which is not an intellectual affair, but more of a breakthrough into the ground of being. One Cosmos
  • A koan is a Zen riddle, the answer to which—if, in fact, there is an answer—is largely immaterial. Mother of the Unconventional
  • Nippostrongylus kendo kyu nisei kesa-gatame kyudo No keyaki linked verse nogaku kiaki mai noh kibei maiko nori kiku makimono norimon Kikuchi mama-san norito kikumon mamushi noshi kikyo mana notan ki-mon matsu nunchakus kimono matsuri oban kimono sleeve matsuyama, adj. obang kin mebos obe kiri medaka obi kirigami Meiji odori kirimon menuki ofuro kirin metake o-goshi koan miai oiran mikado ojime sub mikan Okayama, adj. kobang Mikimoto Okazaki kobe, adj. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1
  • The teachings of Zen were encapsulated in very short anecdotes, koans, intentionally absurd, with unexpected moral lessons.
  • Nippostrongylus kendo kyu nisei kesa-gatame kyudo No keyaki linked verse nogaku kiaki mai noh kibei maiko nori kiku makimono norimon Kikuchi mama-san norito kikumon mamushi noshi kikyo mana notan ki-mon matsu nunchakus kimono matsuri oban kimono sleeve matsuyama, adj. obang kin mebos obe kiri medaka obi kirigami Meiji odori kirimon menuki ofuro kirin metake o-goshi koan miai oiran mikado ojime sub mikan Okayama, adj. kobang Mikimoto Okazaki kobe, adj. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1
  • Nippostrongylus kendo kyu nisei kesa-gatame kyudo No keyaki linked verse nogaku kiaki mai noh kibei maiko nori kiku makimono norimon Kikuchi mama-san norito kikumon mamushi noshi kikyo mana notan ki-mon matsu nunchakus kimono matsuri oban kimono sleeve matsuyama, adj. obang kin mebos obe kiri medaka obi kirigami Meiji odori kirimon menuki ofuro kirin metake o-goshi koan miai oiran mikado ojime sub mikan Okayama, adj. kobang Mikimoto Okazaki kobe, adj. VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol IX No 1
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