Practicing with Great Doubt

Great questioning, or great doubt is to investigate every point. You may say, “The Buddha says such and such” or “Dogen Zenji says such and such” or “I believe such and such.”

And yet, somehow you say, “I cannot really accept how my life is.” “Who am I?” and “Where do I get stuck? Why can’t I have a great faith that takes care of everything?”

These questions are good to focus on. The more serious you are in resolving these matters, the more desperate you feel, the stronger your determination becomes, and the clearer the answers come.

Have good trust in yourself. Have good faith in your practice. Sit well and unconditionally open yourself up.—Taizan Maezumi Roshi (Founder, White Plum Asanga)