The Three Essentials
There are three essentials of Zen practice.
These are considered some of the greatest and most important virtues.
They are great faith, great doubt, and great determination.
Great faith means having faith in our mind’s ability to recognize our Buddha Nature. This is clearly very different from what other religions usually mean when they suggest that we should have faith.
It is holding on to the belief that the Buddha nature is present within us.
Great doubt is like the scientific method. It means don’t believe in anything unless we can demonstrate the truth for ourselves. All of our beliefs should be examined and re-examined often. Beliefs should be accepted or rejected based on our judgment. Any ideas that are found to be unhelpful, should be rejected.
In Zen we do not follow our religious teachers and leaders blindly. We check…
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