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2 definitions found
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
n 1: a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution;
used in Zen Buddhism to show the inadequacy of logical
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :
A Zen teaching riddle. Classically, koans are attractive paradoxes to be
meditated on; their purpose is to help one to enlightenment by temporarily
jamming normal cognitive processing so that something more interesting can
happen (this practice is associated with Rinzai Zen Buddhism). Defined here
because hackers are very fond of the koan form and compose their own koans
for humorous and/or enlightening effect. See Some AI Koans, has the X
nature, hacker humor.
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