Shattering the Great Doubt: The Chan Practice of Huatou

Shattering the Great Doubt: The Chan Practice of Huatou by Sheng Yen 159030621X 9781590306215
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Huatou is a skillful method for breaking through the prison of mental habits into the spacious mind of enlightenment. The huatou is a confounding question much like a Zen koan. Typical ones are What is wu [nothingness]? or What was my original face before birth-and-death? But a huatou is unlike a koan in that the aim is not to come up with an answer. The practice is simple: ask yourself your huatou relentlessly, in meditation as well as in every other activity. Dont give up on it; dont try to think your way to an answer. Resolve to live with the sensation of doubt that arises, and it will pervade your entire existence with a sense of profound wonder, ultimately leading to the shattering of the sense of an independent self.

Author: Sheng Yen

Language: English

Edition: Original

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 208

Publisher: Shambhala

Publication Date: 2009-05-12


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