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WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution; used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical reasoning

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Japanese k?an, from k? public + an proposition Date: 1945 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

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n. a riddle used in Zen Buddhism to demonstrate the inadequacy of logical reasoning. Etymology: Jap., = public matter (for thought)



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