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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen, # 2, (mp3) - enjoy, mental, hyakujo


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The Great Pearl

Talk #2 of the Series, Hyakujo: The Everest of Zen

"Maneesha, this series of talks is entitled The Great Pearl, Hyakujo, With The Haikus Of Basho. Hyakujo is immensely expressive and knows what he is doing and how to bring people to the unknowable.

"Basho never wrote prose. Basho is one of the greatest poets in the world. His greatness is not in his poetry – there are far greater poets as far as the composition of poetry is concerned. His greatness is that his poetry is not just verbiage, is not just putting words together according to a certain pattern, his poetry is an experience.

"I have put them together because Hyakujo never wrote any poetry. His approach is very prose and direct, and the haikus supplement what is missing in the prose. Basho expressed himself very graphically. His experiences are more paintings than poetry."
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Osho continues:
"And his understanding is – and I agree with him – that where prose fails, poetry may succeed. Poetry has a more feminine way, more subtle, more graceful, entering into the heart.

"Prose directly enters into the head and immediately becomes a concern of logic and reason. Poetry has a different root, a different path. You don't bring in rationalization as far as poetry is concerned. Something else becomes stirred in you, something deeper than the mind. Poetry cannot be a logical statement. It is an existential statement – what Basho himself has seen he has tried to put into words. Hence I have put together two great masters.

"The name, The Great Pearl is Hyakujo's old name in Chinese. His childhood name was Chu, and Chu means pearl. Both are Himalayan peaks, and together they are going to create a tremendous harmony. What prose can say in a very straightforward way, poetry cannot say in that straightforward manner. But there is much that is left out. Poetry can pick up that which is left out because it has no obligation to any logic, no obligation to any grammar, no obligation to any formulation. It has a certain freedom which prose has not, so it can say things that prose will become embarrassed to say. The Great Pearl applies to both. They both are the most beautiful Zen masters.

"Before I discuss Hyakujo's and Basho's sutras…Yesterday I introduced you with a biographical note on Hyakujo. Today I want to introduce you with the biography of Basho.

"The Japanese haiku poet, Basho, was born in 1644, the son of a samurai in the service of the lord of Ueno castle. As a young boy, Basho became the page and study companion of the nobleman's eldest son, and together they learned, among other skills, the art of making verse.

"On the death of his master, Basho went to Edo – now Tokyo – where he studied verse under Kigin. He then became a disciple of the Zen master, Buccho.

"Basho's fame as a master poet spread. He began to attract disciples of his own.

"Journeying became Basho's life-style, providing him with a chance to observe and write of nature, with which he felt such a deep affinity."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

enjoy… mental… lying… answer… obvious… haikus… delighted… hyakujo… picasso… lenin

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