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Are Koans the David Lynch movies of thoughts?

Since they basically intentionally screw with your mind and there’s no rhyme or reason behind them no matter how hard you try?
Koan: a nonsensical or paradoxical question to a student for which an answer is demanded, the stress of meditation on the question often being illuminating.
The most famous koan: What is the sound of one hand clapping?
Here are another couple of exampes:
A monk asked Zhaozhou, “What is the meaning of the ancestral teacher’s (i.e., Bodhidharma’s) coming from the west?” Zhaozhou said, “The cypress tree in front of the hall”.
Huìnéng asked Hui Ming, “Without thinking of good or evil, show me your original face before your mother and father were born”.
So … Are Koans the David Lynch movies of thoughts?
For reference: David Lynch did “Twin Peaks”.


  1. I want to answer this so bad but…………I don’t know how.
    I don’t think I know who David Lynch is.

  2. No, koans are the Eastern way of dealing with the fact that certain questions can not be answered. The Oriental religions would have us believe that there is something to be gained by extensively meditating on nonsense, which is probably part of the reason why they were dominated by the West for so long.
    Aside from Japan, it was only after adopting Western thinking that Eastern nations began to elevate themselves above the status of third world nations.
    There is no virtue in wasting extensive amounts of time trying to find inspiration or inner peace, when these things are right in front of your face.

  3. I don’t know much about either, but I will research it, then email you my answer by Sunday night :D.

  4. If a tree falls in the forest and squishes a mime, are there any sounds from either?
    Just throwing it out there.


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