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Zen Riddle #8-well :
Looking in a well a man without shadow is drawing water. Why?
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These questions were often well-known Zen Koans, sometimes a little changed.
Others were more general questions about Zen.

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The introduction to my free e-book "Miscellaneous Koans" Part 1 gives you further information about solving these riddles.



General Questions about Riddles, Koans and Zen


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    Do you think you can become enlightened by just using Koans alone?
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    Is it possible to achieve Zen through Self-Mutilation? Anything you have to offer would be "wunderbar" ........(show/hide the answer)



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    I don't know what I think...... I hope I didn't just step on another karma landmine
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    Where is Buddha when we meditate ?
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    Is this a Koan: Does a grasshopper need wings to jump?
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Introductory Riddles and Koans

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    What is the difference between a cat?
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    Why is there grass?
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    The mouse eats cat food, but the cat bowl is broken. What does this mean?
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    You are travelling with a friend. You come upon a bandit. He tells you that one of you must die so that the other can live.
    You must make a choice. If you do not choose, both of you will die. What do you do?

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    How can it be that the Bodhi tree is a tree and it isn`t?
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    The water is like a mirror. It's sound is clear. The dust on it's surface reminds you to reflect yourself.
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    The secret of the universe is here in my hands. Yet if I try to grasp it, it eludes me and I hold nothing. Therefore, I let it rest.
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Questions from Traditional Koan Collections

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    You're on the top of a mountain and you can not move anywhere. What is your next step?
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    Why does Bodhidharma have no beard?
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    What is Bodhidharma's original face?
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    A monk once asked Chao-chou, "Does a dog have a Buddha-nature?" Chao-chou answered, "Mu!" (No)
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    A monk once asked Chao-chou, "I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me, Master."
    Chao-chou said, "Have you had breakfast?"
    "Yes, I have," replied the monk.
    "Then," said Chao-chou, "wash your bowl."

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    "Give me the best piece of meat you have," said the customer.
    "Everything in my shop is the best," replied the butcher. "You cannot find any piece of meat here that is not the best."

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