The Greater the Doubt, the Greater the Enlightenment

Steven Heine

in White Collar Zen

Published in print April 2005 | ISBN: 9780195160031
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850273 | DOI:
The Greater the Doubt, the Greater the Enlightenment

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the three stages of elevation, purification, and activation (EPA). It then describes the Zen idea that heaven can be gained through a sudden flash of insight referred to by the Japanese term satori. Triggered by an insignificant comment or observation, an intense instant of inspiration hits home like a ton of bricks. You shed attachments and distractions as the clouds of ignorance disperse and the light of day shines through, revealing a clear view of the mountain peak. Anecdotes about Zen masters who attain enlightenment through the sudden path describe a variety of seemingly ordinary experiences.

Keywords: Zen; Buddhism; elevation; purification; activation; enlightenment; inspiration

Chapter.  6140 words. 

Subjects: Buddhism

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