Koan is for the practitioners to wake to the fact that we are enslaved by our mind.  Such that we could open our Inner Self and be in touch the "real form" of the universe, which is the invisible life force and wisdom of the universe in a complete separate domain from the domain of the consciousness.

That's my witness.

Fa Jian wrote:



A Koan is a story, dialogue, question or statement in the history and lore
of Zen, generally containing aspects that are inaccessible to rational
understanding, yet that may be accessible to intuition. A famous Koan is,
"Two hands clap and there is a sound; what is the sound of one hand?" (oral
tradition, attributed to Hakuin Ekaku, 1686-1769, considered a reviver of
the Koan tradition in Japan).

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I realize that there are many interesting stories about Zen Koans. I have
found it to be very entertaining reading.

However, some of the koans make me wonder if they do not have to be
interpreted based on a culture of alcoholism and illiteracy which existed
back in those days? Some of those stories only make sense if the people
involved had been drinking heavily.

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