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 does it mean when something is enigmatic?
- It makes you feel stupid.
- It possesses no easy answer.
- It is annoying because it has no answer.