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(Jap.). In Ch'an andzen practice, this represents a highly intense doubt about everything one thinks to be true, including the efficacy of Zen practice itself. It induces a kind of paralysis, described as feeling that one has ‘a hot iron ball in one's throat that one can neither swallow nor spit out’, and is seen as a necessary precursor to the experience of enlightenment (bodhi;satori).

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