Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Super Elastic Bubble Plastic Zen Koan

As we recover from Contemporary Commercial Photography Week on the blog, we'll shift gears with this little lesson :

In Zen Buddhism, a Koan is a succinct paradoxical statement or question used as a meditation discipline for novices. The effort to “solve” a koan is intended to exhaust the analytic intellect and the egoistic will, readying the mind to entertain an appropriate response on the intuitive level. Each such exercise constitutes both a communication of some aspect of Zen experience and a test of the novice’s competence.
A characteristic example of the style is the well-known koan “When both hands are clapped a sound is produced; listen to the sound of one hand clapping.”

Sometimes the koan is set in question-and-answer form, as in the question “What is Buddha?” and its answer, “Three pounds of flax.”


No comments: