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koan

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noun ko·an \ˈkō-ˌän\

Definition of koan

  1. :  a paradox to be meditated upon that is used to train Zen Buddhist monks to abandon ultimate dependence on reason and to force them into gaining sudden intuitive enlightenment



Origin and Etymology of koan

Japanese kōan, from public + an proposition


First Known Use: 1945

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