The Zen Manifesto ~ 01
|event type||discourse & meditation|
|date & time||20 Feb 1989 pm|
|location||Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune|
|audio||Available, duration 3h 37min. Quality: good, but a slight constant noise.|
Osho leading meditation from 3:09:55.
Live music after the discourse.
|video||Available, duration 3h 39min. Quality: good, but a strong constant audio-noise, video-noise at bottom of screen. Incomplete: missing some 25 words between part 1 and 2 (under revision).|
|online text||find the PDF of this discourse|
- Reader of the sutras/questions: Ma Prem Maneesha.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
- A sutra:
- Beloved Osho,
- When Tenjiku was asked about the incident of Tanka burning the statue, he replied, "When it is cold we gather around the hearth by the fire."
- "Was he wrong or not?" persisted the monk.
- "When it is hot we sit in a bamboo forest in the valley," said Tenjiku.
- The day after the burning of the statue, Tanka Tennen went to see Nan-Yo, who had once been a disciple of Eno and was the emperor's Zen master. When Tanka unrolled his Zazen rug, Nan-Yo said, "There's no need."
- Tanka took a few steps backward.
- Nan-Yo said, "That's right."
- At this, Tanka took a few steps forward.
- Nan-Yo said, "That's not right."
- Tanka walked around Nan-Yo one time and left.
- Nan-Yo commented, "The old, golden days are far away, and people are now so lazy. Thirty years from now, it will be difficult to get hold of this fellow."
- Question 1
- Why have so many Western intellectuals been drawn to an examination of Zen?
- Question 2
- D.T. Suzuki, the man who introduced Zen to the Western intelligentsia, said: "Zen must be seized with bare hands, with no gloves on."
- Would you like to comment?
- Question 3 from Maneesha
- Beloved Osho,
- D.T. Suzuki describes two different kinds of "seeing" as denoted by two different Chinese characters.
- "K'an" consists of a hand and an eye and means "to watch an object as independent of the spectator" -- objective knowledge.
- "The seen and the seeing are two separate entities."
- On the other hand, the character "Chien" is composed of an eye alone on two outstretched legs, and signifies the pure act of seeing.
- Suzuki considers the difference between these two kinds of seeing as "revolutionary in the history of Zen thought."
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