By 'work on' them, you undoubtedly mean resolve the koan with the non-discursive mind. The consequence of this is that the 'meaning' of koans is *private*, and a koan's ineffable meaning is known to the Master only. This fact grants the Zen Master sole and incontestable power to pronounce judgment on whether a koan has been resolved by the the student or not - and his judgment is beyond appeal. Therefore, the koan-resolving practice is based on a total and blind faith in the roshi. --ED --- In Zen_Forum@yahoogroups.com, <billsm...@...> wrote: > > Mayka, > > Here is a link to one of the most well known collection of koans THE GATELESS GATE: > > http://www.ibiblio.org/zen/cgi-bin/koan-index.pl <http://www.ibiblio.org/zen/cgi-bin/koan-index.pl> > > There' absolutely no problem with just reading and enjoying these. You don't have to "work on them' and in fact shouldn't try if you're not working with a competent zen teacher. > >...Bill!