koan koan

Definition(s):

  • (n) a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning

Usage(s):

  1. Jackson pleasantly chuckles a no, probably holds back on offering a koan about one-year contracts.
  2. The purpose of the koan, however, is not mental gymnastics but rather a wordless insight into reality.

News

  • New Show Has Washington Artist Nancy Lasar at the Top of Her Game

    I don’t mean to give you a Zen koan, but the work I did is the work I know, and the work I do is the work I don’t know. That’s why I can’t tell you. I don’t know what I’m doing. And it’s the not knowing that makes it interesting.”
    on June 9, 2013     Source: Litchfield County Times

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