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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Dogen, the Zen Master: A Search and a Fulfillment, # 5, (mp3) - natural, reflection, dogen

 

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The Moon Never Breaks the Water

Talk #5 of the Series, Dogen, the Zen Master: A Search and a Fulfillment

"Maneesha, Dogen is making a very specific point. It deserves absolute attention and concern, because he is saying nobody obstructs your enlightenment. Then why are you not enlightened? Nobody in the whole existence is interested in becoming an obstacle to you. It is something of major significance that has to be understood.

"As we go along in the sutra, I would like to make it clear to you what it is that is obstructing. Certainly you are not obstructing it. And existence loves it, rejoices in it. The whole universe dances in every man's enlightenment. One part of it, which had been groping in the dark, has come back home in its full glory. The whole existence receives him with a showering of flowers. So there is no question of any obstruction from existence."
 
 
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Osho continues:
"And there is no question about yourself. Then who is obstructing? There certainly are obstructions; otherwise there would be no need to become enlightened – you would be enlightened. There would be no need for any master to tell you. It is a little bit complicated, but not so complicated that you cannot understand and overcome it. Dogen says:
When we achieve enlightenment, it is just like the moon reflecting itself on the water
"So peaceful, so silent. The moon reflects on the surface of the water. In fact, nothing is happening. The moon is in its own place, it has not moved even a little inch towards the water; nor is the water disturbed even a little bit.

"But in a silent lake the moon's reflection becomes even more beautiful than the moon itself, because the lake also adds some beauty to it. It makes it more alive and more fragile.

"Enlightenment – according to Dogen, and I agree with him absolutely – is just like the moon reflecting itself on the water. There is no effort on the part of the water, that the moon has to be reflected. There is no commandment that has to be followed, no doctrines that have to be practiced, no yoga posturesso that the moon can reflect itself in the water. There is not even a desire, not even a longingnot even a faint longing. And the same is the situation on the part of the moon – the moon has no desire to be reflected. Both are desireless, but the reflection happens on its own accord. So does enlightenment. Just in a silent, peaceful consciousness it suddenly reflects your buddhahood.

"But the lake has to be silent. If there are too many ripples or too many waves on the lake the reflection will be broken. The reflection may be broken in many parts and you will not be able to see the moon, but only a silver line spread all over the lake. It will not be a true reflection; it will not be representative of the moon. The lake, when silent and still, doing nothingnot even any wavesand the moon reflects.

"Your consciousness has its own way of making waves, ripples."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

natural, reflection, supreme, accepting, celebrate, conformity, ecstatic, enlightened, dogen, reagan
 

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