Let's check out a literal koan (pronounced "KO on"), reprinted in Steven Heine's Opening a Mountain: Kōans of the Zen Masters, and practically guaranteed to make you scratch your head and say "...um, what?":
This word has Japanese roots that mean "public matter," or "public material for thought."
"[The film] also quotes Gertrude Stein: 'I am I because my little dog knows me.' Stein wrote that koan in a Vanity Fair essay where she grappled with her own success."
Explain the meaning of "koan" without saying "conundrum" or "enigma."
Fill in the blank: "To _____ is a koan, an impossibility."
Spend 20 seconds or more on the game below. Don’t skip straight to the review—let your working memory empty out first.
1. A near opposite of KOAN is
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