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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-Mind, # 4, (mp3) - parts, imprisoned, baso


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Zen Is as Simple as the Taste of Tea

Talk #4 of the Series, Zen: The Quantum Leap from Mind to No-Mind

"Maneesha, Zen is a simple phenomenon – as simple as the taste of tea. But if you want to explain it, it becomes the most difficult thing in the world.

"These anecdotes indicate again and again the existential status of Zen, not philosophical, not theological. It is more poetry than religion, more music than philosophy; a language that is understood even by the bamboos, by the flowers, even by the cuckoos. It is a language of existence itself. This is the way existence opens its doors.

"Mind is the enemy: the more knowledgeable the more dangerous, the more knowledgeable the more closed. When there is no-mind – even for a single moment – you have come home: a thousand-mile journey is finished in a single moment.

"The questions asked are very symbolic."
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Osho continues:
"There are only a few questions that have been asked down the ages. Everybody knows the answer. Even the questioner knows the answer – as far as mind is concerned. But he is asking the question so that he can see beyond the mind and beyond the answer of the mind into reality itself.
Ryuge was asked by a monk,
'What is the meaning of Bodhidharma coming from the West?'
"This is one of the most important questions asked in the Zen tradition. Obviously, Bodhidharma is the most important master, who introduced Zen into China from India. The question: 'What is the meaning of Bodhidharma coming from the West?' You will have to understand: by West is not meant what you mean by West. From China, the place Bodhidharma landed, India is West. The concepts of east and west are very relative. What is east from one point is west from another point: in itself, it is neither east nor west.

"Wherever you are, in the East or in the West, inside there are no directions, no indications, but just pure isness. You are, and so strongly that you don't have to believe in it: you cannot disbelieve. All the religions of the world have been telling people to believe, and I want to make it clear to you that unless you come to a point where you cannot disbelieve, all your beliefs are meaningless. That point where you cannot disbelieve, that indubitable point, is neither East nor West.

"And in fact that was the purpose of Bodhidharma going from India to China. In those days in China, when Bodhidharma reached, they were overwhelmed by the thoughts and philosophy of Confucius and Mencius, both great intellectuals. But neither of them had known the peace of no-mind. They knew much – and yet they knew nothing.

"Bodhidharma's master had sent him; it was a long journey. Three years he had to waste to reach China. He himself was a son of a king. His master gave him this order: 'It is now absolutely essential that you carry the message of being in to China, because it is being overwhelmed by Confucius, Mencius and other thinkers. They think they have found the truth."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

parts… imprisoned… baso… bodhidharma… gensha… mencius

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