Zen

Q. Why don’t I get enlightened even though I have perfect understanding when a koan is explained?

A. You may think that you have perfect understanding, but the fact is that you are mistaking intellectual comprehension for perfect understanding, which is achievable only through experience. The former is different from the latter just as having perfect intellectual understanding of how to swim is one thing and being able to enjoy swimming freely in a deep river is another. 

If you had had perfect understanding of a koan as you said, you should be able to grasp other koans without explanation, just as you can solve other arithmetic problems easily once you have perfect understanding of arithmetic rules through an arithmetic question.

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