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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Great Zen Master Ta Hui, # 7, (mp3) - sound, attached, vimalkirti


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Talk #7 of the Series, The Great Zen Master Ta Hui

"Ta Hui is a strange fellow, but he represents all those people who try to find their self-nature by intellectual effort. The problem with these people is that they have a good intellect. They can grasp words from masters, they can repeat them; they can deceive people and they can be deceived themselves.

"Now this is one of the most stupid sutras amongst all his teachings, and I will show you why I am saying that. As I go more and more into Ta Hui, I am wondering whether to call him a great teacher or just a pseudo teacher. A master certainly he is not; a teacher he may have been, but there are things which are even below the status of a teacher. He seems to be a pseudo teacher."
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Osho continues:
"He has not fulfilled even the qualifications for being an authentic teacher, just transmitting knowledge from the masters to the masses.

"He cannot even understand what has been happening in the school of Zen. It is so special that a very rare insight is needed to comprehend it, and unless you have your own experience there will always remain something of a doubt in you.

"For example, Zen is the only school in the world where the masters have slapped the disciples, hit them with their staffs, or even physically thrown students out of the window. Not only that, one master jumped on top of a disciple; sitting on his chest he asked, 'Got it?'

"The Zen master is mysterious in his working. People who simply read the anecdotes cannot make any sense out of them because they don't know the inner story which cannot be compiled in the anecdotes. It is a happening between the master and the disciple: it is the invisible transfer of energy.

"Just to give you an insight so that you can see the stupidity of Ta Hui…. An understanding of this man who has been thrown out of the window by Lin Chi, who then jumped on him and asked, 'Got it?', needs the total background to the story and the intrinsic undercurrent running through it.

"The disciple had been working for almost a year on a koan which is the most famous koan in Zen – 'the sound of one hand clapping.' Now, there cannot be any sound of one hand clapping. You can go on clapping one hand, but sound is not possible. Sound is only produced when two things clash; if there is only one thing, sound is not possible.

"So the first thing to understand is that a Zen koan is not an ordinary puzzle which can be solved. It needs a different approach – not that of solution, but that of dissolution.

"The poor student went, sat under a tree, thought about it, meditated – what can be the sound of one hand clapping? Do you hear the cuckoo…? He heard a cuckoo from a faraway bamboo grove. He said, 'This is it!' – so beautiful, so peaceful, bringing such joy."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

sound… attached… sages… sayings… awakened… methods… adepts… vimalkirti

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