Great Doubt

In Zen practice, the essential point is to rouse doubt. What is this doubt? When you are born, for example, where do you come from? You cannot help but remain in doubt about this. When you die, where do you go? Again, you cannot help but remain in doubt.

We are not used to being called up short so continuously as Boshan does for us. We have all read wonderful enlightenment stories in Zen and gotten to know the colorful characters of old. We have learned the Bodhisattva vows and techniques of meditation; how often, though, has a mirror-like this been placed before us in real life?

The Daily Zen Teisho
Great Doubt