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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: Zen: The Solitary Bird, # 9, (mp3) - duality, celebration, hogen


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No Words, No Mind, and You Are In

Talk #9 of the Series, Zen: The Solitary Bird

"Maneesha, these small anecdotes are not just for reading, are not just to become more acquainted with different world views. It is not possible to capture Zen in scriptures, in doctrines. By thinking, by concentration, by contemplation, you cannot find it.

"The strangest thing about Zen is that it is hidden in the seeker, and the seeker is running from master to master, from philosophy to philosophy – thinking that by gathering knowledge he will be able to understand the truth of existence, that he will be able to experience the significance and meaning of life.

"But by going from one master to another master one simply gathers words. And if those masters are not authentic, but only teachers Always remember the difference: the teacher is knowledgeable, but it is not his own experience."
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Osho continues:
"Somebody else has been drinking water, and he is talking about the thirst and the quenching of thirst. For the teacher, these are not his experiences. Perhaps he has seen somebody thirsty and then, after drinking water, feeling satisfied. He has seen the difference, but still he does not know what happened inside the man who was in thirst and then in contentment.

"The master knows directly, immediately. It is never, never a borrowed thing: it is his own. It is his own song, it is his own dance. He is not imitating anyone and he is not pretending in any way. The teacher is doing that. The teacher can pretend to be a master – out of a hundred masters, ninety-nine are only teachers. And it is very difficult for people to make out the difference, because both speak the same language. The teacher's words are empty, but how can you know? The master's words are breathing, alive, are surrounded by silence and peace. But in your state it is very difficult to make the distinction.

"But in Zen, since Bodhidharma left India, it has been a long-standing tradition that disciples wander from teacher to teacher, master to master – listening to this, listening to that, hoping that somewhere they will find the man who triggers in them the flame that was already there, but needed to be triggered.
Hogen became a priest at the age of seven
"He must have been a very intelligent child. To become a monk at the age of seven is nothing ordinary – the quest for truth is an extraordinary perception at the age of seven. Even at the age of seventy people are not aware of what this truth is all about. In fact they wonder why people unnecessarily talk about truth, the ultimate, the being. There is so much to do in the world: money, power, prestige, respectability There is the whole world to conquer.

"Certainly, a boy of seven must have been of immense intelligence to see the futility of all power, of all that the world can give. The very fact that such a small child starts moving from master to master is enough proof of his intelligence."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

duality… celebration… realize… hogen… daito… samson

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