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China gōng àn
Japan kouan
Koan Vertical Wall Scroll

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.

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Mandarin gōng ān / gong1 an1
Taiwan kung an
Japanese kouan / koan / こうあん
Koan Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese (Ministry of) Public Security; public safety; public security
Japanese public safety; public welfare; (female given name) Kouan; (personal name) Kimiyasu


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Mandarin gōng àn / gong1 an4
Taiwan kung an
Japanese kouan / koan / こうあん
Koan Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese judge's desk; complex legal case; contentious issue; koan (Zen Buddhism)
Japanese Zen question for meditation (e.g. the sound of one hand clapping); koan
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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Mandarin quán / quan2
Taiwan ch`üan / chüan
Japanese gon / ごん    kon / こん    koan / こあん    kuon / くおん
Chinese authority; power; right; (literary) to weigh; expedient; temporary; surname Quan
Japanese (surname) Gon; (surname) Kon; (surname) Koan; (surname) Kuon
The weight (on a steelyard), weight, authority, power; to balance, adjudge; bias, expediency, partial, provisional, temporary, positional; in Buddhist scriptures it is used like 方便 expediency, or temporary; it is the adversative of 實 q.v; expedient


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


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


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Mandarin jiāng nán / jiang1 nan2
Taiwan chiang nan
Japanese chiannan / チアンナン    kannamu / カンナム    kounan / konan / こうなん    kouan / koan / こうあん    eminami / えみなみ    enan / えなん    enami / えなみ    ena / えな
Chinese south of Changjiang or Yangtze river; south of the lower reaches of Changjiang; often refers to south Jiangsu, south Anhui and north Zhejiang provinces; a province during Qing times; in literature, refers to the sunny south; Gangnam (district in Seoul, South Korea)
Japanese (place-name, surname) Kounan; (place-name) Gangnam (Seoul, South Korea); (place-name) Jiangnan (China); (given name) Kouan; (surname) Eminami; (surname) Enan; (place-name, surname) Enami; (female given name) Ena



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Mandarin wú zì / wu2 zi4
Taiwan wu tzu
Japanese muji / むじ
Japanese {Buddh} (See 狗子仏性) "No." (Zhaozhou's answer to the koan "Does a dog have Buddha nature?")
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Japanese kouan / koan / こうあん Japanese (noun/participle) plan; device; idea; invention


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


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



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


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


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Japanese kushibusshou / kushibussho / くしぶっしょう Japanese {Buddh} (See 公案) "Does a dog have Buddha nature?" (classic Zen koan)

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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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