Thursday, June 17, 2010

The koan (2 cases)

Kōans are verbal tools that convey a deep message, such as "Does a dog have Buddhanature?" or "What is the sound of one hand clapping?"

A koan should be short and more importantly non-obvious. Think cold shower to the mind. Dadaists used koans, example, the one above.  
Here is a good compilation.