Jun 22, 2010
Philosophical Phun - Koans
A koan can’t be grasped by logic, or explained in words.
The most famous koan is probably: “Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand?”
"...in the beginning a monk first thinks a kôan is an inert object upon which to focus attention; after a long period of consecutive repetition, one realizes that the kôan is also a dynamic activity, the very activity of seeking an answer to the kôan. The kôan is both the object being sought and the relentless seeking itself. In a kôan, the self sees the self not directly but under the guise of the kôan...When one realizes ("makes real") this identity, then two hands have become one. The practitioner becomes the kôan that he or she is trying to understand. That is the sound of one hand." — G. Victor Sogen Hori, Translating the Zen Phrase Book
I find the concept of Koans refreshing and very thought provoking. Here is my first effort: "Can a passing thought be profound?"