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"A study of Koans is the focus in this quiz. I shall present a Koan and you try to determine the pertinent answer to the ancient Chinese-Japanese puzzles of the Zen buddhists. Have fun."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
'When it is not present in the consciousness and it is not present in phenomenon...what is IT?'
An upsided statement
What ought to be the reply to Hakuin's statement here: 'Look, are my eyebrows still there? Asking if his eyebrows have fallen out, he hangs a sheep's head but sells dog-meat'. Your reply..?
Isn't that annoying?
Stand by a stump and wait for a rabbit
'Cease, desist and an ____ tree blossoms.'
'What does the sky say? The four seasons go there. What does the earth say? Myriad beings are born there. The substance can be seen in the operation of the 4 seasons, the action can be seen in the birth of myriad beings, but where can a Zen practitioner be seen? Detached from speech and activity can you discern?'
Seen in silence
Seen by his shadow
Contained in the tao
Not contained the six
'What is concentration on every atom?'
The end of one's toe
Food in the bowl, water in the pail
'With no place to sink your teeth, the seal of Zen masters are like the works of an iron ox. Having passed through a bramble of thorns, they are are like a snowflake in a raging furnace...leaving aside piercing and penetrating on level ground for now, when you no longer fall into conditions, then what?'
sitting in Nansen's circle
'How would you speak with your mouth shut?'
A sharp student needs only one word?
A paper tiger does not need stripes?
I am bereft of descendents?
'What is the talk beyond Buddhas and Zen masters called?'
The stillness dripping from the clouds
The face before your nose
A piece of cake
'Medicine and disease quell each other. The whole earth is medicine, what is your self?'
'What is the sound of one hand clapping'
a rabbit giving birth
a stone statue reciting a poem
a hand in motion
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Compiled Jun 28 12