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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Solitary Bird, # 10, (mp3) - busy, celebrate, suibi


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Be at the Center

Talk #10 of the Series, Zen: The Solitary Bird

"Maneesha, before I discuss the beautiful anecdotes of Zen, I have to warn you that in the neighborhood a few idiots are celebrating a slavery – they call it a marriage ceremony. So don't take them seriously: just as we don't get disturbed by the bamboos, let these bamboos do whatever they want to do. It is a good test for you to remain silent and attentive.Suibi asked Tanka, 'Who was the teacher of all the buddhas?'

"A very common question in the Zen tradition: one naturally wants to know who was the teacher of the buddhas.

"The reality is that a buddha never has a teacher or a teaching. He comes in contact with masters, not with teachers. And to be in contact with masters does not mean learning anything."
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Osho continues:
"That very exposure to the masters awakens the flame inside him and suddenly he finds the buddha within.

"It is a catalytic transformation. Nothing is said, nothing is heard, and in the silent presence of a master people suddenly realize their buddhahood.
Tanka said to Suibi, 'You'd better not take yourself so seriously! Use the floor cloth and broom more.'
Suibi took three steps to the rear.
'A blunder!'
"Going back will not do. Even if you go back to Gautam Buddha, it won't help. Existence never goes back, not even three steps.
Suibi then stepped forward three paces.
'Another blunder!' said Tanka.
"Because existence never goes ahead of itself.

"How can it go?

"Existence never goes backward or forward.

"It is always here.

"Time is an invention of mind.

"It is not part of existence.
Suibi raised one leg and turned round on the other.
"Just like the hands of a clock.
Tanka said, 'You have got it; you defied the other teachers of all the buddhas!'
"You got the point:

"Be at the center.

"Don't go backward, don't go forward.

"Don't go anywhere, just be.

"And in that very being you have surpassed all the teachers of the buddhas. You have become a buddha yourself.

"Such a small anecdote, but so beautiful – so great in its depth and meaning that anyone who can see the point can become a buddha that very moment. And here in this assembly, in this silent moment, you are all in the same situation as Suibi: centered, silent, doing nothing – just being a peace, a love, a consciousness. You have surpassed all the teachers of buddhas in this moment.

"The only trouble with you is that you go on forgetting. You go on again and again becoming unconscious. Remain conscious and at the center, and there is no need to worship any master or any buddha. There is no need to learn any scripture. You have all, the whole reality in your hands.
A monk said to Ummon, 'What is your age, may I ask?'
Ummon replied, 'Seven times nine – sixty-eight.'
"The monk must have thought it strange, because seven times nine does not make sixty-eight.
The monk said, 'What do you mean, 'Seven times nine – sixty eight'?'
Ummon said, 'I took off five years for your sake.'
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

busy… celebrate… remembrance… suibi… ummon… reagan

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