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Koan in Chinese / Japanese...

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gōng àn
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In Buddhist context, this is a Zen question for meditation.

From the Buddhist dictionary this is:
Problems set by Zen masters, upon which thought is concentrated as a means to attain inner unity and illumination.

The secular meaning of this word can mean a judge's desk, complex legal case, contentious issue, a dossier, case record, public laws, regulations, or case-law.

The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji (Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Koan公案kouan / koangōng àn / gong1 an4 / gong an / gongankung an / kungan

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gōng ān / gong1 an1
kung an
 kouan / koan / こうあん
Koan Scroll
(Ministry of) Public Security; public safety; public security
public safety; public welfare; (female given name) Kouan


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gōng àn / gong1 an4
kung an
 kouan / koan / こうあん
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judge's desk; complex legal case; contentious issue; koan (Zen Buddhism)
{Buddh} koan; kōan; Zen question for meditation (e.g. the sound of one hand clapping)
J. kōan; 因緣 A dossier, or case-record; a cause; public laws, regulations; case-law. Problems set by Zen masters, upon which thought is concentrated as a means to attain inner unity and illumination; public case


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (personal name) Kouan


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (personal name) Kouan


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 koan / こあん (female given name) Koan


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (surname) Kouan


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (given name) Kouan


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 kouan / koan / こうあん Kōan era (of the Northern Court) (1361.3.29-1362.9.23); (given name) Kouan


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 kouan / koan / こうあん Kōan era (1278.2.29-1288.4.28); (female given name) Hiroyasu


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (personal name) Kouan


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (given name) Kouan


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (personal name) Kouan


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (given name) Kouan


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (noun/participle) plan; device; idea; invention


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gǒu ān / gou3 an1
kou an
 kouan / koan / こうあん
see 苟且偷安[gou3 qie3 tou1 an1]
(noun/participle) (obsolete) (See 偸安) snatching a moment of rest; seeking temporary ease



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gān shǐ jué / gan1 shi3 jue2
kan shih chüeh
 kanshiketsu / かんしけつ
(derogatory term) {Buddh} (ref. to the Buddha in a famous koan; trad. translated as "dried shit stick" (now considered a mistranslation of the orig. Chinese)) something worthless; something impure; something unimportant; dried excrement in the shape of a stick
A stick used in India as 'toilet paper', in China paper, straw, or bamboo; shit-stick


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 kushibusshou / kushibussho / くしぶっしょう (Buddhist term) "Does a dog have Buddha nature?" (classic Zen koan)


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gǒu zǐ fó xìng / gou3 zi3 fo2 xing4
kou tzu fo hsing
 kushi busshō / くしぶっしょう
(out-dated kanji) (Buddhist term) "Does a dog have Buddha nature?" (classic Zen koan)
dog, buddha-nature



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jiàn xìng gon gàn / jian4 xing4 gon1 gan4
chien hsing gon kan
 kenshō kōan
gong-an (kōan) of seeing the true nature


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 sekishunoonjou / sekishunoonjo / せきしゅのおんじょう (See 公案) the sound of one hand clapping (a classic Zen koan)


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 kouan / koan / こうあん (noun/participle) plan; device; idea; design; contrivance; conception; invention


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 kushibusshou / kushibussho / くしぶっしょう {Buddh} (See 公案) the Mu koan ("does a dog have Buddha nature?")

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