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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Solitary Bird, # 1, (mp3) - buddhahood, clouds, tozan


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The Way of the Birds

Talk #1 of the Series, Zen: The Solitary Bird

"Maneesha, the bird flying across the sky leaves no footprints. This is called 'the way of the birds' – simply disappearing into the nothingness of the sky, without leaving a trace behind. Zen wants you to be just like the birds' way – a nobody, a nothingness.

"It is strange but true that in your nothingness you are for the first time, born. The nothingness is the womb out of which your spiritual heights are revealed.

"Just as you cannot follow the bird because he leaves no footprints, the buddha also leaves no footprints. You cannot follow a buddha for the simple reason that you are a buddha; you have just forgotten it. And once you try to follow a buddha, you are going astray.

"Those who leave footprints behind them – create organized religions, give commandments for the coming future, scriptures to be followed by those who have not yet come – are all engaged in nonreligious activity."
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Osho continues:
"Religion is a rebellion, a rebellion against following.

"This is a religious place. You are not my followers: you can love me, I can love you. Following means a subtle spiritual slavery. I don't have any follower and I don't want anybody to be a follower of anybody else either. The moment you start following someone, you are going to miss yourself. You will be lost in dark nights and dark clouds, and it will become more and more difficult to find the way back home.
A monk said to Tozan, 'You always tell learners to take the way of the birds. What is this 'way of the birds'?'
Tozan said, 'You meet nobody on it.'
"It reminds me of a very beautiful story in Aesop's fables. There are scholars who think that Aesop never existed as a person, that those stories are told by Gautam Buddha, who was also called Bodhisat. And the word Bodhisat, moving from country to country, became Aesop. But it does not matter who told them; the stories are significant on their own.

"This story is that a little girl, Alice, reached Wonderland and wanted to see the king. She was led to the king's court and the king asked the little girl, 'Did you meet somebody on the way coming toward me? I am waiting for somebody.'

"The girl factually replied, 'Nobody, sir.'

"And from this point the story becomes pure Zen.

"The king said, 'If you say you met Nobody, then he should have reached here by now!'

"The girl said, 'Don't be angry, sir, nobody is Nobody!'

"The king said, 'I understand language, you don't have to teach me. Nobody is of course Nobody, but where is he? It certainly proves that Nobody walks slower than you!'

"The poor girl now gets into trouble. She says, 'No, nobody walks faster than me!'

"The king said, 'This is very contradictory. If Nobody walks faster than you, he would be here by now.'

"It is a children's book, but certainly the source cannot be found anywhere else except Gautam Buddha. Even if Aesop existed as a historical person, he must have got the idea of 'nobody' from Gautam Buddha's insistence that to be somebody is to be nothing – and to be nobody is to be all."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

buddhahood… clouds… celibate… tozan… aesop… hofuku

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