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May 10, 2008 / gus3

The Ice Cream Koan: Solved

A new koan:

If you have some ice cream, I will give it to you.

If you have no ice cream, I will take it away from you.

It is an ice cream koan.

I am pleased to report that, in typical Zen manner, the solution came to me when I was not looking for it. And the solution is typically Zen, being the same for both parts:

I will give you ice cream.

For the former, I am giving you the ice cream which is already yours.

For the latter, what you actually have is no-ice-cream, that is, an absence of ice cream. By giving you ice cream, I am taking away your no-ice-cream, removing your absence of ice cream.

I have solved the ice cream koan.



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  1. JB / Mar 4 2009 1:10 am

    When I pondered this one I kinda thought that it was about desire and none attachment…but hey…I could be wrong…or not…

  2. Pico / May 17 2012 1:58 pm

    Actually, I think this was referring to an ice cream CONE. (cone/koan… get it?)

    • gus3 / May 17 2012 2:20 pm

      I applaud you with one hand.

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