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Would you like to solve a cyber-koan?

A Koan is a task you must solve to reach enlightenment. A well-known koan is "what is the sound of one hand clapping?" Others are "tell me what you looked like before you were born," and "swallow up the Pacific Ocean in one gulp."

In the typical case, the Roshi gives you a koan and you must demonstrate the correct answer. There are an infinite number of possible answers to choose from; to pass, however, you must choose the right answer.


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