Monday, 19 December 2016


71. It is said that to practise Zen one needs Great Faith, Great Doubt and Great Determination. None of these is enough on its own. Great Doubt works together with Great Faith and Great Determination, not to bring about Awakening but to set up the conditions for Awakening to happen. Great Doubt's contribution is to keep alive the questioning aspect of the Zen quest for the True Self. As for koans, they can be thought of as the language of Awakening. They can open the Zen practitioner to the dynamism of the questioning that underlies all questions. Here it is best to heed the koan injunction, 'Standing nowhere, let your True Self come forth'.

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