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What is the purpose of koans in Zen Buddhism?

What is the purpose of koans in Zen Buddhism?

A koan is a riddle or puzzle that Zen Buddhists use during meditation to help them unravel greater truths about the world and about themselves. Zen masters have been testing their students with these stories, questions, or phrases for centuries.

What are the first two main divisions of Buddhism?

Buddhism today is divided into two major branches known to their respective followers as Theravada, the Way of the Elders, and Mahayana, the Great Vehicle.