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Mondō (Jap.; Chin., wen-ta). ‘Question and answer’, the exchange between teacher and pupil in Zen Buddhism, which evokes from a pupil, not so much an answer as an expression of the pupil's deepest disposition (kokoro). Many mondōs were recorded later as kōans. See also HOSSEN.

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mondo used in reference to something very striking or remarkable of its kind (often in conjunction with a pseudo-Italian noun or adjective). The term comes from Italian Mondo Cane, literally ‘dog's world’, the title of a film (1961) depicting bizarre behaviour.

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