This is a systematic compilation of Koans and ancient proverbial quotes that has been strategically placed for easy reference guide. A Koan is a puzzle that has no solution, hence it is never solved. It is usually given by a Zen Master to test the enlightenment of his students. A well known Koan is: What is the sound of one hand clapping? The effort to unscramble a Koan is designed to exhaust the analytical intellect, and willpower. The Zen Master uses it to train monks to abandon ultimate dependency on reason. However; then creating an atmosphere for the monk to gain sudden intuitive enlightenment. A Koan is a thought that disappears in deep meditation. Zen Buddhist has over a thousand Koans, riddles used to focus the mind in meditation, and to develop intuitive thinking. A Proverb gives external common sense advice about worldly affairs; however a Koan presents penetrating suggestions of wisdom into the Sub-Conscious mind.
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