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Joshu: The Lion?s Roar

Through these symbolic Zen dialogues and the existential language of haikus, Osho urges his reader not to be lukewarm, but single-pointed in the search for our authenticity.
"A hair′s breadth of difference, and what happens?" Joshu is asked. There is no intellectual answer to the koans of Zen, no approximate answer and no amount of intellect to be applied: "Heaven and earth are far away." Only by authenticity can we rise in consciousness. And as this lion′s roar of Joshu resounds through almost twelve centuries, so is its message more urgent. Through these symbolic Zen dialogues and the existential language of haikus, Osho urges his reader not to be lukewarm, but single-pointed in the search for our authenticity.
This book is full of clues...hints and pointers how to "begin" as Osho puts it, how to bring this search into our everyday lives, and in very simple ways how to begin meditating.
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Excerpt from: Joshu: The Lion's Roar, Chapter 6
On one occasion, as joshu was receiving new arrivals in his monastery, he asked one of them, bhave you been here before?b

"Small things to be noted: one, the master himself is at the reception desk receiving new arrivals. Zen is an effort to look into your potentialities. Why waste time? – not even a few moments. So the master is receiving new arrivals at the gate of the monastery. In the first encounter with each new arrival it will be determined whether he is worthwhile to work upon, or just to let him have a cup of tea and move on.

"And the question that he asked does not mean what you think it means. bHave you been here before?b He is not talking about the ordinary `hereb; he is talking about the ultimate `hereb. It is not concerned with the place, the monastery, or Joshu. It is concerned with a meditative state where time ceases and only now-ness remains; where space disappears and only here-ness is left behind.

"This now and here, these two words, contain the whole approach of Zen. If you can be now and here, nothing else has to be done. Every door of existential mystery will be opened unto you.

"So when a man like Joshu asks, have you been here before? donbt misunderstand him. He is not talking about the place, he is talking about spacelessness, timelessness. Have you ever been in deep meditation? That is what he is asking.

"‘YES,’ the monk said.

" b‘Help yourself to a cup of tea!’

"The monk has understood the meaning of ‘here’. It is not that he has been here to this monastery before, it simply means he has known the taste of here-ness. A simple byesb implies a vast meaning, that bI am not a newcomer, donbt count me among the new arrivals. I have been here – where else can I be?b

"But it is not said so explicitly. That is the beauty of Zen, that it leaves the most important part to be discovered by you. When the monk says, bYes,b he is also saying, through his eyes and through his gestures, bWhat kind of a question are you asking? Where else can I be? Everybody is here, wherever he is – it doesnbt matter. Here is the only point where you can be.b

"His byesb is not to be misunderstood. He does not mean that he has been to this place; he says, bI have been here always – where else can I be?b

"ith a great respectfulness Joshu said, bHelp yourself to a cup of tea!b

"A cup of tea in Zen is not the same as it is anywhere else in the world. A cup of tea is the greatest reception a Zen master can give to you. The cup of tea represents awareness. After drinking tea you cannot go to sleep; hence tea became one of the most important symbols of awareness, of meditation. bHave a cup of teab does not simply mean, bHave a cup of tea.b Certainly the tea is offered, but with the understanding that the cup is full of awareness. A cup of tea has been used in many ways by the Zen masters." Osho
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

moment... nobody... center... witness... witnessing... look... darshan... joshu... tosu... nansen...

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