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Zen kōans: unsolvable enigmas designed to break your brain - Puqun Li


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How do we explain the unexplainable? This question has inspired numerous myths, religious practices and scientific inquiries. But Zen Buddhists practicing throughout China from the 9th to 13th century asked a different question – why do we need an explanation? Puqun Li details the bewildering and ambiguous philosophical thought experiments these Buddhists called Zen kōans.

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Puqun Li
  • Director Felipe Grosso, Odirlei Seixas
  • Script Editor Dan Kwartler
  • Senior Animator Daniel Freire, Mateus Contini
  • Producer Felipe Grosso, Odirlei Seixas, Liana Abatti
  • Editor Felipe Grosso, Odirlei Seixas
  • Animator Gui Kirinus
  • Art Director Gui Kirinus
  • Illustrator Ricke Ito, Jaislan Gregate, Luke Passos
  • Sound Designer Astrolábio Studio
  • Composer Astrolábio Studio
  • Associate Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott, Elizabeth Cox
  • Content Producer Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Producer Alex Rosenthal
  • Narrator Adrian Dannatt

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