Zen kōans: unsolvable enigmas designed to break your brain - Puqun Li

Duration: 04:57
Posted: Aug 16, 2018
TED-Ed

How do we explain the unexplainable? This question has inspired numerous myths, religious practices and scientific inquiries. But Zen Buddhists practicing throughout China from the 9th to 13th century asked a different question – why do we need an explanation? Puqun Li details the bewildering and ambiguous philosophical thought experiments these Buddhists called Zen kōans.

Lesson by Puqun Li, directed by Cabong Studios.

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