Bruce Feiler’s Generation Freedom: The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World, Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project, koans: I am reading Bruce Feiler’s Generation Freedom: The Middle East Uprisings and the Remaking of the Modern World: Bruce Feiler and came across the word “koan” tonight.
Even soldiers climbed on the tops to join the prayers, with some inviting marchers to join them on the bulwarks of repression. The serpentine lines and weaving trails looked like the fingerprint of a changing world. It’s as if they created a new koan for the sages to consider: What’s the sound of a million people praying?
I think Gretchen Rubin introduced me to the word “koan” in a blog. See also: 5.7.13 Dennard’s Clipping Service.
I love paradoxes, teaching stories, Secrets of Adulthood, and Zen koans (rhymes with Ken Cohens). In Buddhist tradition, a koan is a question or a statement that can’t be understood logically. Zen Buddhist monks meditate on koans as a way to abandon dependence on reason in their pursuit of enlightenment.
The most famous koan is probably: “Two hands clap and there is a sound. What is the sound of one hand?”
In the last video, you had a chance to take a quiz about how mindful you happen to be. This week’s resolution is to resolution is to meditate on koans. Wondering what a koan is? Listen!