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Great Doubt

by Padmavajra

This is the seventh in an excellent 8-talk sequence by Padmavajra on Zen Buddhism. The series is full of colourful stories and challenging insights from the lives of the great Masters of China and Japan.

Crazy stuff now as we hit koan country. A fascinating look at doubt in spiritual life in general, and in the lives of some of the most celebrated practitioners of Zen. Uncompromising stuff towards a more profound level of awareness - steer to the deep!

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2004

This talk is part of the series Tangling Eyebrows with Zen Masters.

Tracks (click play to listen)

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1. Mind and the Alaya; Chao Chu; 'Lip Cha'an'; Does a dog have Buddha Nature? (10:29) 
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2. The Great Doubt; mundane doubt and confusion; growing up and building character (8:48) 
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3. Doubt from faith; materialist versus religious world view; spiritual life without God; the dialectic between Great Faith and Great Doubt (7:09) 
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4. Hakuin and doubt; Yen Tu cut down; feeling let down; Master Bao and Hakuin (8:29) 
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5. 'Mu' - Wu Men and the Gateless Gate; the 'No' beyond 'yes' and 'no' (7:41) 
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6. Hakuin's autobiographical account of the Great Doubt; entering the ice field and awakening (2:40) 
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7. Sho Ji and Hakuin - zen sickness (4:28) 
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8. Koans realized in life - a deeper level of practice; work, relationships, sex ('the red thread of passion'), etc; using problems in practice (6:50) 
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9. Practising in the Alaya; Ta Hui and Yuan Wu - in the whirlpool (6:57) 
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10. Dogen's verse (0:35) 

Total running time: 1:04:06