Saturday, April 19, 2008

The Koan and the Hacker Koan

The koan is a type of ancient Buddhist riddle, used to enlighten students of Buddhism to exercise their minds, and arrive at answers not normally found by standard logical thinking.

Among the most famous koans range from short and simple ones like:
What is the sound of one hand clapping?

To long and more difficult (or is it just the opposite?) ones like:
A monk put a goose in a bottle when it was young. As the goose grew, the monk could not remove the goose from the bottle any longer. He would like to remove the goose, but he also does not want to break the bottle. What would you do if you were the monk?

Recently some very clever "hacker koans" have come to light. Take a look at these. Pretty funny.

If you have an answer to one of the aforementioned koans, please leave a comment detailing your answer. If it is agreeable to I, the Zen Master... I'll send you a cookie! :D
And if there is a good response, I will list more!

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At April 20, 2008 at 12:32 PM, Blogger Zaku-sama said...

Zaku has a missile, Rickdom asks Zaku if he'll really use the missile to kill all of the people in the town below. Zaku shakes his head. Rickdom is relieved. Zaku kills the people below using nuclear power.

I wonder how people become enlightened over this.

At April 20, 2008 at 12:36 PM, Anonymous Anthony-kun said...

the one with the goose riddle
the answer is "the same way he got the goose in"

At April 20, 2008 at 3:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

That sounds painful, A-kun.

At April 21, 2008 at 6:07 PM, Blogger Kira-neko said...

Put acid in the bottle, as for zaku, The town below was enlightened, and continued to be enlighted for several hundred years with a dull green glow.


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