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A koan is a riddle that aspiring students of Zen Buddhism should solve. The students are given a series of koans which constitute the syllabus. These koans appear completely illogical and paradoxical and therefore impossible to resolve, i.e., if the student applies his mind to resolve the koan. As long as the student is using his intellectual brilliance and thinking horsepower to resolve the koan, so long will he fail to make sense of the illogical paradox. When the student solves the koan, it ceases to be a paradoxical, illogical riddle and becomes a profound statement of an aspect of…


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