205. what is a koan?

a student asked, “what is a koan?”

the guru replied, “a koan is a question with no answer. a koan is a story with no end. a koan is a lesson, a riddle, a fable. love is a koan. life is a koan. yesterday, tomorrow, and today? all koans.”

“okay,” the student replied, “then what isn’t a koan?”