When asked what he gained most from Buddhism, the Dalai Lama mysteriously and enigmatically simply held forth a flower. This enigmatic and puzzling response is confusing but forces us to examine it carefully. Enigmas or riddles abound not only in religious matters, but also throughout the humanities. Who hasn’t seen the Mona Lisa’s enigmatic expression and wondered what makes her smile so obscurely and teasingly?
Quiz: What is an example of something that is enigmatic?
- A child’s hearty laughter that causes everyone around them to laugh as well.
- A popular new dance club that is attracting local celebrities and politicians.
- An ancient stone structure for which historians can find no purpose or meaning.