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What is the Buddhist view in Socratic questioning?

This meta-topic mentioned the Pañha Sutta, which includes, There are these four ways of answering questions. Which four? There are questions that should be answered categorically [straightforwardly ...
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What is the Buddhist view in Socratic questioning?

Yes, this is pretty much the way Buddha has led all his conversations with individual students when he was not preaching to groups. In Pali Canon there are many examples of dialogs following same ...
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Not-Buddhism is the highest level of Buddhism?

The Aggi-Vacchagotta Sutta shows how the Buddha treats views about the cosmos being eternal and views about the fate of the Buddha after death. "Vaccha, the position that 'the cosmos is ...
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How do kōans work?

The original connotation of the term in Chinese pertains to public records. Koans are often accounts of pupils interacting with masters, or their expression which was part of such interaction, and is ...
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Which materials exist on the construction and origin of kōans?

This book might be useful: The Koan. Texts and Contexts in Zen Buddhism. By Steven Heine e.a. With contributions from several specialists in the field
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Not-Buddhism is the highest level of Buddhism?

Many Zen teachings seem to regard 'non-discrimination' as the highest thing, such as when Huineng said: There is no Bodhi Tree Nor the stand of a bright mirror, Since all is void, Where can the dust ...
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Not-Buddhism is the highest level of Buddhism?

Whenever Zen Buddhist talks of 'emptiness', or 'no', they are essentially referring to dependent origination with the terminology as used by the Madhyamaka. As stated by Nagarjuna: All dharmas that ...
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The Buddha-nature of a dog

People often report this koan with out explaining the surface meaning. Chinese at the time considered dogs nasty dirty animals, that hold the same position as pigs in the western mind. Pigs or ...
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Bodhidharma leaving for china

This is a long-standing mystery, described in many Zen Koans. Here are two Koans from the Gateless Gate that mentions it: Kyogen said: "Zen is like a man hanging in a tree by his teeth over a ...
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How to do the Koan study?

Koans break the intellectual mind and require deeper investment. SN41.6:1.4: “Householder, there are three processes. Physical, verbal, and mental processes.” Practice a koan physically, verbally ...
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History of Mumonkan versus Blue Cliff Record

I checked the table of contents. There seems to be no overlap of cases. The purpose seems to be to build wisdom. I haven’t read those books of koan but they seem cryptic for example it says- before ...
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How to do the Koan study?

Maybe a koan is provided, maybe by The Teacher, when appropriate, and might be selected by The Teacher for the Student: there are a number of documented koan. Asking what to do with it/them, eg. is a ...
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How to do the Koan study?

"Hey, Newbie! What was your original face before you were born?" Choose ONE koan. Not two. Of the two you refer to, I recommend 'original face', unless you are spending a LOT of time with your ...
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Not-Buddhism is the highest level of Buddhism?

This is basically a call to keep on focusing on the real thing and a warning not to get stuck in any concept, even or especially high order concepts from within the doctrine. Even those are to be ...
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What is the Buddhist view in Socratic questioning?

Yes it is the greatest fantasy by rationalists that a discussion among rationalists is the way to reach truth. They create the fantasy that things have ''definitions'' and that a ''thesis'' is ...
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Bodhidharma leaving for china

What prompted the great BodhiDharma to go to China to spread his teachings- why not at home in the first place. Because he was a noble disciple who fulfilled the instruction of the Great Teacher: "...
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Bodhidharma leaving for china

He never went. For he had no purpose. At least, that is what a Daoist perspective on the Koan would suggest as an "answer". And given that Chan (Zen) is in essence a Daoist expression of Buddhism, I ...
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The Buddha-nature of a dog

I have always found koans to be useful tools for thought. Through study of the dharma, interaction with the sangha and a variety of other means we reach new insights that are much like dull tools. ...
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Book of zen kōans

Two of the ones you quoted are new to me (and two are not). There's a collection of 101 such stories here: http://www.ashidakim.com/zenkoans/zenindex.html These koans, or parables, were translated ...
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