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Doubt as Path

by Amaraketu

A good and useful talk on the dangers of certainty in spiritual life - individually and within a community. Amaraketu draws on his own experience of zen and of painting in order to evoke a sense of what it might be like to live and practice not knowing. Everything is just beginning...

Talk given at Padmaloka Retreat Centre, 2005.

Please note that some small noise artefacts can be heard occasionally on this talk due to a poor original recording.

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1. Introduction - quote from Dogen on intellectual ideas and meditation (1:18) 
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2. Wishing to find certainty; Amaraketu's experience of Catholicism; painting - an impossible quest (4:27) 
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3. The three lakshanas; Amaraketu's experience of the FWBO and of zen practice; not knowing; using ideas and context as a buffer between you and Reality; other people (4:29) 
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4. Questioning where you're coming from; the difficulty of being inherently open; questioning the existence of the mountain; a P.G. Wodehouse story; doubt as a way of practising (3:43) 
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5. Quote from Sungsan - you don't know what's going to happen; the floating cloud of life and death; everything just beginning; making meanings and patterns; compassionate action (3:15) 

Total running time: 17:12