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Hi, everyone

Post by Redzen » Sun Apr 06, 2014 9:40 am

I'm Paul, in Sydney, Australia, and I'm here to learn and hopefully get some questions answered. I've been something of Buddhist dilettante in the past, something of an interested sceptic, if you like, but I feel the time has come to take it as seriously as it truly warrants. That is not to say I am without doubts. I have several doubts, but these can and will be resolved, I am sure.

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Post by lobster » Sun Apr 06, 2014 11:30 am

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Hi,

Maybe your doubts will be replaced with a better class of doubt . . . :shrug:

:namaste: Hope your serious commitment works out :twothumbsup:

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Post by Wayfarer » Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:07 pm

Hi Paul, I'm Jonathan, also from Sydney Australia.

There are two kinds of doubts - nagging worries about 'will this be any good, will this work out OK?, is this really something worth pursuing?' They are what I would call 'small doubts'.

There is also the 'great doubt', of which Zen Master Hakuin said 'At the bottom of great doubt lies great awakening. If you doubt fully, you will awaken fully.'

And welcome to the Forum.
Only practice with no gaining idea ~ Suzuki Roshi

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Re: Hi, everyone

Post by Redzen » Sun Apr 06, 2014 1:57 pm

I see. I would say that my doubts are of the small sort. I cannot understand what Hakuin means by great doubt.

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Post by Kaccāni » Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:18 pm

Welcome to the forum and best wishes.
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Post by DNS » Sun Apr 06, 2014 5:13 pm

Welcome to Dharma Wheel!

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Post by LastLegend » Sun Apr 06, 2014 6:33 pm

Redzen wrote:I see. I would say that my doubts are of the small sort. I cannot understand what Hakuin means by great doubt.
I don' have it.
NAMO AMITABHA
NAM MO A DI DA PHAT (VIETNAMESE)
NAMO AMITUOFO (CHINESE)

Bodhidharma [my translation]
―I come to the East to transmit this clear knowing mind without constructing any dharma―

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Post by Wayfarer » Mon Apr 07, 2014 3:09 am

Redzen wrote:I see. I would say that my doubts are of the small sort. I cannot understand what Hakuin means by great doubt.
The gist of it is the state of mind that arises from wresting with the difficulties of Zen training and going through states of complete perplexity and deep questioning. (There is a reasonable entry on Hakuin on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakuin_Ekaku). I only made the remark because of your comment about 'doubts', didn't mean to imply that it is something you ought to know about! And, welcome again.
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Re: Hi, everyone

Post by Redzen » Mon Apr 07, 2014 12:25 pm

jeeprs wrote:
Redzen wrote:I see. I would say that my doubts are of the small sort. I cannot understand what Hakuin means by great doubt.
The gist of it is the state of mind that arises from wresting with the difficulties of Zen training and going through states of complete perplexity and deep questioning. (There is a reasonable entry on Hakuin on Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hakuin_Ekaku). I only made the remark because of your comment about 'doubts', didn't mean to imply that it is something you ought to know about! And, welcome again.
Thanks, your explanation is helpful.

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Post by DGA » Wed Apr 23, 2014 1:20 pm

Hi Paul,

Welcome to DharmaWheel!

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Re: Hi, everyone

Post by Redzen » Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:46 am

A belated thank you, one and all for your warm greetings from April 6-23, 2014. It is only four and a half years since I posted my introduction, but what does that matter? I'm back and here to learn once more. And that's all that matters. I am particularly interested to learn more about Pure Land Buddhism, and its relationship to Zen Buddhism, in the Sino-Japanese tradition. That ought to keep me occupied here for a while.

I hope all is well with you, troops! Best wishes! Paul

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