This book is very small, you can carry it in your pocket; it is a pocketbook. But you can also carry the Kohinoor in your pocket…although the Kohinoor is studded in the British crown, and you cannot carry that in your pocket. But the most beautiful thing about Paul Reps is that he has not added a single word of his own – which is incredible. He has simply translated, just translated – and not only translated, but he has brought the flower of Zen to the English language. That flower is not found in any other English writer on Zen. Even Suzuki has not been able to do it, because he was a Japanese. Although enlightened he could not bring the flavor of his enlightenment to his English books. Suzuki’s English is beautiful but very unenlightened – perhaps electrified but absolutely unenlightened.
Paul Reps has done an almost impossible task, being an American, and yet, I repeat, and yet getting the full flavor of Zen. And not only getting it for himself but bringing it in Zen Flesh, Zen Bones for the whole world too. The world should remain grateful to him forever, although he is not an enlightened person. That is why I say he has done an almost impossible task.
Ninth…I am waiting for you to rise a little higher, because I am going to talk about something which belongs to the heights, the ultimate heights. Good…but don’t stop. Good does not mean stop, it simply means go on, go on…charaiveti, charaiveti.
By the way, the book I am going to mention as the ninth is Christmas Humphries’ Zen Buddhism. Originally he wanted to call it Go on, go on – as a translation of charaiveti, charaiveti – or Walk on, walk on. But after all an Englishman is an Englishman; he finally dropped the idea and called the book Zen Buddhism.
The book is beautiful, but the title is ugly because Zen has nothing to do with any “ism,” Buddhism or any other. Zen Buddhism is not right as a title. Just Zen would have been enough. Humphries writes in his diary that he had chosen Charaiveti, charaiveti as his first preference for the title, but then he thought it was too long. Walk on, walk on…Go on, go on. He changed the title and made it something ugly: Zen Buddhism. But the book is beautiful. It has introduced millions of Westerners to the world of Zen. It has served tremendously.
This man Humphries was a disciple of D.T. Suzuki, and he has served the master as nobody else has, particularly in the West. He remained devoted to Suzuki his whole life.
Gudia was saying to me yesterday that she had told Devageet that “If you live with Osho like me even for only one month, then you will know what it is – hard.” I know it is certainly hard. To be with an enlightened person is hard – and to be with one who has gone beyond that is even harder.
But Humphries proved to be really a disciple; he remained true and loyal and obedient to Suzuki to the very end of Suzuki’s life and his own. He did not waver for a single moment. You can find that unwavering spirit in his book.