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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol. 3, # 9, (mp3) - look, simplicity, ikkyu


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Talk #9 of the Series, Zen: The Path of Paradox, Vol. 3

"A man of the people one day asks Master Ikkyu: 'Master, will you write for me some maxims of high wisdom?'

"Ikkyu took up a brush and wrote the word Look.

"'Is that all?' said the man, 'Won't you add a few more words?'

"Ikkyu then wrote twice: Look, look.

"'All the same,' said the disappointed man, 'I don't see much depth or subtlety in what you have written there.'

"Ikkyu then wrote the same word three times.

"Slightly irritated, the man said: 'After all, what does this word look mean?'

"And Ikkyu replied, 'Look means look.'

"This one word look contains the whole message of Zen. Fra Giovanni in AD 1513 said: 'The gloom of the world is but a shadow. Behind it, yet within reach, is joy. There is a radiance and glory in the darkness, could we."
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Osho continues:
"but see, and to see we have only to look. I beseech you to look!'

"The word look is exactly the whole substance of Zen. How to look contains all religion. How to look with pure eyes, so much so that there comes a unity in looking where the object and the subject both disappear and only pure look remains. In that purity of looking – nobody looking at and nobody looking at anything – in that purity of look, darshan, in that vision, truth is known.

"Zen people talk about Three Pillars of Zen. These are the three pillars – they prepare you for the look. First is: no-form. Second is: no-mind. Third is: no-soul.

"This will look strange, particularly because people who are accustomed to so-called religion know it almost as a clich – that man has three existences: the physical, the psychological and the spiritual. And the politician and the priest and the professors go on talking about the health, the balance, between the physical and the psychological and the spiritual.

"Zen says: No-mind means no psychology; no-form means no body, no matter; and no-soul means no spirit, no self. Zen says: The physical is the gross ego – ego number one. The psychological is a little more subtle, less gross, but still the ego – ego number two. And the so-called spiritual is the subtlest ego – ego number three. But they are all egos. And all these three egos make one egoist, create one egoist.

"It is Zen which goes to the deepest root of the illness called man. It says: Unless a person comes to see that the form is illusory, that the thought is illusory, not only that, but that the person believed, inferred, to be behind the mind, the self, is also illusorywhen all these three have been known, looked into, and found lacking in substantiality, there arises the look. That look gives you that which is real – that which is.

"These are the Three Pillars of Zen.

"No-form means all the forms in the world are fluid, in a flux. The child is becoming young, and the young man is becoming old, and the old man is dying, and the dying is getting ready to be born again."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

look… simplicity… music… disappears… disappeared… love… obvious… ikkyu… shakespeare… judas

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