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Chapter 5: Signatures on Water

The great master Basho was seriously ill.
The chief priest of the temple came to pay his respects.
He asked, “How do you feel these days?”
The master said, “Sun-faced Buddha, moon-faced Buddha.”

Setcho says:

Sun-faced Buddha! Moon-faced Buddha!
Compared with them,
How pale the three sovereigns, the five ancestral emperors!
For twenty years I have had fierce struggles,
Descending into the dragon’s cave for you.
The hardship defies description.
You clear-eyed monks, don’t make light of it.

Osho,
You rarely speak on any hardships you may experience for us, and I know that some of us tend to think you are beyond pain or discomfort because you have the capacity to witness everything.
Some have expressed the idea that your illnesses are just devices for us.
Could you please comment?

And the second question:

I have heard you say, “This very body, the Buddha,” and I have also heard you remind us that we are not the body.
Would you talk about these seemingly opposing statements?

Maneesha, the clouds have come again..

Basho’s statement, “Sun-faced Buddha, moon-faced Buddha

looks like a puzzle. It is not. It is simply saying that Buddha is Buddha whether he is sun-faced or moon-faced; Buddha is Buddha whether he is sitting, standing, walking or lying down. In the world of Zen buddha simply means your very nature. So whether or not it starts raining, you will be the same, or clouds come thundering - you will be the same. In sickness your consciousness does not become sick; in old age your consciousness does not become old; in death you are not dead. Your buddhahood, your nature, your essence is immortal. This is my comment.

The great master Basho was seriously ill. The chief priest of the temple came to pay his respects.
He asked, “How do you feel these days?”

Just a formal question. But you don’t ask formal questions of a man like Basho, because a man like Basho is going to reply something which you had never expected. The master said, “Sun-faced Buddha, moon-faced Buddha,” in response to the priest’s question, “How do you feel these days?” when he was sick.

Basho is saying, “Whether I am sick or healthy, alive or dead, it does not make any difference to my essence. So don’t ask such stupid questions.” And Basho is certainly one of the most precious men ever born on the earth.

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