Hyakujo The Everest of Zen ~ 05

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 30 Sep 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 44min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 1:23:07.
Live music after the discourse.
online audio
video Available, duration 1h 54min. Quality: good.
online video
see also
online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle HYAKU05
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
Once, Hyakujo was out in the fields working alongside his disciples. Just as a certain monk lifted up his hoe, the sound of the dinner drum could be heard.
With this, the monk laughed loudly, dropped his hoe and went to the temple.
"Wonderful!" exclaimed Hyakujo. "This is the gate to the entering of the bodhisattva kannon."
Hyakujo followed after the monk, and arriving at the temple, asked the monk, "What truth did you perceive when you heard the dinner drum?"
The monk said, "Just now I was terribly hungry, and when I heard the sound of the drum, I went back and had my meal."
On hearing this, Hyakujo himself laughed.
On another occasion, Isan, hearing the wooden gong sounding, rubbed his hands and gave a great laugh.
When Hyakujo saw and heard this, he asked Isan the same question as he had asked the other monk in a similar situation, and received a similar response.
At another time, a master of the vinaya sect named Fa Ming remarked, "You Zen masters do a lot of tumbling about in the emptiness of the void."
Hyakujo replied, "On the contrary, venerable sir, it is you who tumble a lot in the emptiness of the void."
The vinaya master asked, "How can that be?"
"the scriptures," continued hyakujo, "are just words -- mere ink and paper -- and everything of that sort is just an empty device. All those words and phrases are based on something people once heard -- they are nothing but emptiness. You, venerable sir, cling to the mere letter of the doctrine, so of course you tumble about in the void."
"And do you Zen masters not tumble in the void?" asked the vinaya master.
Hyakujo said, "We do not."
The vinaya master responded "How not?"
At this, Hyakujo said, "All those writings are the products of wisdom, and where wisdom's mighty function operates, how can there be tumbling about in the void?"

Question 1
Beloved Osho, it seems that if we are even to begin the journey, we need to feel connected to you. If we are to persevere we need to love you. But once we have something we can define as a relationship with you, you will tell us to drop it.
You point out that you are simply a reflection and a reminder of our own inner emptiness; so we begin to explore that. We actually start enjoying, even loving that space. You explain that that too has to be dropped.
Then comes the final bombshell: You tell us that in fact we have to be dropped.
And that is the hardest thing.
What can one do to disappear? Can we only be aware of the ways in which we perpetuate our selves?


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