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Great Doubt: Practicing Zen in the World

“Like other religions, Zen Buddhism encourages faith or trust–but it also encourages doubt.  There are however, 2 kinds of doubt: skeptical doubt and great doubt.  Skeptical doubt is of little value indeed–along with greed, hatred, ignorance and pride–skeptical doubt is usually considered a defilement, a hindrance, or a poison.  That kind of doubt gives rise  to a hesitant attitude that keeps one from entering the Way. Great doubt, the kind of doubt that Zen values, is something entirely other.  There is good reason it is called great doubt.”  from the introduction


In the still night by the vacant window, Wrapped in monk’s robe I sit in meditation, Navel and nostrils lined up straight, Ears paired to the slope of shoulders. Window whitens, The moon comes up; Rain’s stopped, But drops go on dripping. Wond...

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