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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky, # 4, (mp3) - witnessing, rebellious, kyozan


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Talk #4 of the Series, Isan: No Footprints in the Blue Sky

"Maneesha, before I discuss the sutras, something of great importance has to be understood. Zen is neither Buddhism nor Taoism; it is a crossbreed. When the great Bodhidharma met the masters of Taoism in China, the meeting and their dialogues created something new, which has the flavor of Buddhism in it but is not dependent on Buddhist literature. It has also the flavor of Tao in it, but is not dependent on Taoist tradition. It is independent of both the parents.

"As all crossbreeds are better than the parents – even philosophical systems, theological ways, meditation function in the same way as fruits, as animals, as human beings – the crossbreed by nature itself takes the best of both the parents and leaves all that is non-essential.

"Zen's greatness and height is because it has left all the non-essentials of Buddhism and all the non-essentials of Taoism, and two great peaks have merged into a higher peak, which has only the flavor from both."
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Osho continues:
"But the synthesis of the flavors makes it a totally new phenomenon.

"Hence the traditional Buddhist will not give any credit to Zen. He will simply laugh and will say, 'It is just crazy.' The traditional Taoist also will say the same thing: 'It is crazy. It is not part of our system.' But this became a great opportunity to rebel against all traditions. Zen is pure rebellion.

"But unfortunately, the way history moves, even the very rebellious people…Gautam Buddha himself was a great rebellious mind; he rebelled against Hinduism, he rebelled against Jainism, he rebelled against the whole past of India. He had the guts and the genius to do it.

"But this is the unfortunate part: that sooner or later Buddha had to die. His words would fall into the hands of the scholars. He could not prevent it – although his last premonition was this: 'Don't make me an institution. Don't make me a tradition! I have been against the traditional way; I don't want to become myself a tradition, but I will not be here to prevent you. So my last words are: Don't make my statues, don't make my temples, don't write my scriptures – so that I can disappear just like the birds' footprints in the blue sky. Don't be worried that my disappearance will be in any way a disturbance in the evolution of humanity. Better buddhas will be coming, greater revolutionaries will be coming. I don't want to stand in their way.'

"But nobody listens. The moment he died, the next thing his disciples did was to collect all that he had said in forty-two years' continually speaking, morning, evening. And he had not allowed anybody to take notes, for the simple reason that these notes would become scriptures. But the words were so profound that the first gathering – just the second day after Buddha's death – decided that all the enlightened disciples should gather together. There were five hundred enlightened disciples – this was called the first great meeting – and they decided that everybody should relate his experience, 'so we can collect somehow the great treasure that is going to disappear if we don't collect it now.'

"One can understand their concern for the future generations, that Buddha should not be lost."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

witnessing… rebellious… circumference… beautiful… inwards… salvation… kyozan… isan… socrates… bodhidharma

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