Dogen The Zen Master ~ 03

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 27 Jul 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 2h 0min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 1:48:08.
Live music after the discourse.
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shorttitle DOGEN03
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
Dogen continues:
When we look around our boat on the mountainless ocean, we see nothing but the circular shape of the ocean. But this large ocean is not circular or square; its other shapes and movements are innumerable. To fish it is like a palace. To celestial beings it is like a necklace. Only as far as the eye can reach, does it temporarily appear circular.
This is also the case with all things. All things worldly and unworldly have various aspects, but we can see and realize them only through practical understanding....
However far fish sail in the water, there is no end to the water. However far birds fly in the sky, there is no end to the sky. But neither of them has ever left the water or the sky.
When their need is great, there is great activity; when their need is small, there is little activity. Thus they never fail to express their full ability in each thing, and exert their free activity in each place.
But as soon as a bird leaves the sky, it dies. This is also the case when a fish leaves the water. We can realize that the water is life to the fish; that the sky is life to the bird; that the bird is life to the sky; the fish is life to the water; that life is a bird, or that life is the fish. About this there may be many other expressions.
In the human world there are practice and enlightenment, or long life and short life. This is also the real state of things. Nevertheless, if a bird or fish tries to go through the sky or the water after knowing it completely, it will find no way to go along or no place to attain.

Question 1
Our Beloved Master, it's easy enough to feel totally content in your presence and enjoy your enlightenment; it's also easy enough to work oneself up into a state of panic about what we must do to realize our own enlightenment.
Isn't the art of being with a master having the contentment and thirst running like an undercurrent throughout one simultaneously?


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