Requests to answer Zen-Riddles or New Koans were sent to me by e-mail through Message me or "Free Koan and Riddle service".
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.
Do you think you can become enlightened by just using Koans alone?
This question is a question about enlightenment.
Is it possible to achieve Zen through Self-Mutilation? Anything you have to offer would be "wunderbar" ........(show/hide the answer)
This story most probably refers to a historic person, Tan-Lin ("the armless Lin"), whose late 6th century text: "Treatise on the Two Entrances and the four Practices" is seen by some scholars as a basic text for the later Chinese Zen school.
That's one of the Zen-Koans used to irritate students. Zen teachers like to do that...
Your question lacks a main feature of Koans, the contradiction.
That's a nice Koan.
The Koan is only about grass.
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.
There are some variations of this Koan. The traditional version is case no. 5 of the 13th century Wu-men Hui-Kai collection.
Zen doesn't care about logic but only about reality, real everyday life.
The Koan makes something simple difficult.
There may be a "secret of the universe" or not.
This is a slightly changed version of Koan no. 46 of Wu-men Hui-Kai collection ("Gateless Gate"):
This is Koan no. 46 of the 13th century collection of Wu-men Hui-Kai ("Gateless Gate")
This is Koan no. 23 of the 13th century collection of Wu-men Hui-Kai ("Gateless Gate")
This Koan is known as the basic koan of Zen which shows the first gimps of enlightenment.
A monk once asked Chao-chou, "I have just entered the monastery. Please teach me, Master."
It's a quite famous Koan for it refers to the situation of newbies in Zen.
"Give me the best piece of meat you have," said the customer.
The story is derived from a Taoist story about a butcher.