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a paradoxical anecdote or a riddle that has no solution

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Koan Health helps health care organisations improve performance in value-based relationships, enabling accountable providers and payers understand their networks, provider performance and costs--and target interventions to improve clinical and financial results.
But then, after working with a koan, a person might experience moments of clarity and delight, when everything seems to be right with the world.
Having been sidelined in all education policies by the colonial administration, the Chinese (whose population grew in the period of 1870-1930 from 50,000 to more than a million) were faced with the challenge of having to address the situation themselves and found their own educational institutions; thus Tiong Hoa Hwe Koan, an organization commonly known as THHK, was formed in 1900, and its first school opened in 1901.
This same sense of koan or paradox can be applied to further understand invitational classrooms.
There has been a university society called the Koan Society and, in the early 90s it was the subject of a strip cartoon by Steve Shipway that not only recalled the affection that the students felt for the sculpture, but gave the Koan its own, student-like identity.
Ki-bong's major practice is meditation on the koan the Master gives him: "When the moon in your mind waxes beneath the water, where does the Master of my being go?
This holding of the koan question in reverse place is complicated by the koan itself: the question seems to do all it can to bring about failure, which in this case takes the form of a too-hasty answer.
You don't carry the koan around consciously all day long.
An old woman responds in a koan, writes Jerry Shinshin Wick, to every sojourning monk asking for directions to the monastery on the Great Mountain: "Straight ahead" (34).
External influences such as the Reform movement in China and Singapore, internal factors such as the discriminative 'Ethical Policy' and the decision to make Japanese legally equal to Europeans, led to the establishment of the remarkable Tiong Hoa Hwe Koan (THHK or The Chinese Association) in Batavia in 1900, as described in Chapter Three.
takes a new approach to the philosophical koan of how to represent the inexpressible by seeking to reorient the study of Holocaust literature and survivor testimony away from the focus on the awestruck language of the unspeakable to the spaces between speech and silence, and body and text.
Zen Sand: The Book of Capping Phrases for Koan Practice.
There is an old Zen koan that poses the following question: "How do you proceed from the top of a 100-foot pole?
Some of most important public works include White Koan at the University of Warwick