Kōan facts for kids
- For other uses, see Koan
The kōan can be a special kind of metaphor with a hidden meaning, such as "the sound of one hand clapping".
Kōans originate in the sayings and events in the lives of wise men and legendary figures.
A kōan can refer to a story selected from Buddhist historical records and sutras.
The kōan is a fundamental part of the history and practice of Zen Buddhism.
- "Firewood becomes ash and it does not become firewood again".
- "The verbal and the nonverbal are like vines clinging to a tree".
Classical kōan collections
- Blue Cliff Record or Account of the Blue Montains Chinese: 碧巖錄 Bìyán Lù; Japanese: Hekigan-roku, is a collection of 100 kōans compiled in 1125 by Yuanwu Keqin (圜悟克勤 1063–1135).
- The Book of Equanimity or Book of Serenity Chinese: 從容録; Japanese: 従容録 Shōyōroku is a collection of 100 Kōans compiled in the 12th century by Hongzhi Zhengjue (宏智正覺 1091–1157)
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