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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Solitary Bird, # 5, (mp3) - awakened, missed, bodhi


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A Very Dangerous Place

Talk #5 of the Series, Zen: The Solitary Bird

"Maneesha, the greatest friend is within you, so is the greatest enemy. Without you there is no danger – all is absolutely beautiful and silent. It is within you that jealousy is burning, anger is poisoning; it is within you that greed is growing. And all these together are clouding your consciousness and destroying your individuality, your essential existence.

"Zen is not concerned with words, it is concerned with your being. It is not a philosophy. It is not even a religion. It is a way of seeing, a way of being, a very strange style of living through consciousness and not living through unconsciousness.

"Before I enter into this sutra, I am reminded of Gautam Buddha, who is the original source of the only religiousness that has come into existence in the world."
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Osho continues:
"There have been religions – many, almost three hundred religions are already in existence – but religiousness is absolutely absent.

"It is possible to practice religion, just like an actor practices. Religion is possible through knowledge, because mind is a great bio-computer; you can accumulate as much knowledge as is contained in all the libraries of the world in a single mind. But knowledge is not knowing, knowledge is not wisdom, knowledge is not awakening. On the contrary, it may help you to sleep a little deeper because it will give you a false sense that you know.

"And this is the greatest tragedy that can happen to a man. Knowing nothing, but filled with borrowed knowledge, a great ego arises – but your moon disappears in the clouds, in the dust of old scriptures and doctrines. Your presentness is covered by many layers; you are almost lost in a jungle of concepts, theologies, philosophies, dogmas.

"Gautam Buddha is perhaps the first man in human history who has made the distinction between knowledge and knowing. Knowledge is always borrowed – knowing is your own understanding. Knowledge is cheap. Knowing is a tremendous revolution, a metamorphosis.

"One day Gautam Buddha and his disciple, Ananda, were passing from one village to another village. On the way, a fly sat on Buddha's forehead. He was talking with Ananda. He continued talking, just as you would have done, and moved his hand to make the fly go away. Then suddenly he stopped, and again moved his hand – very consciously, although there was no fly.

"Ananda asked, 'What are you doing?'

"He said, 'I am showing you that you can act unconsciously, the way I acted, and you can act consciously. When you act consciously there is grace and there is beauty and there is you. When you act unconsciously, it is just acting in sleep.'

"This small anecdote contains many significant points – not for the curious one, not for the knowledgeable one, but only for the seeker.
Dokin's disciple, Dorin, became a monk at the age of nine, took the vows at twenty-one and studied the Kegon Sutra. Later in life he entered the dense pine forest of Mount Shimbo, and did zazen up a tree.
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

awakened… missed… creators… bodhi… seppo… chaplin… moses

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