Roots and Wings ~ 08

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event type discourse
date & time 17 Jun 1974 am
location Lao Tzu balcony, Poona
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 31min. Quality: good.
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online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle WING08
Since 1992, first for re-mastered audios, this series is known as A Bird on the Wing.
Reader of the sutras/questions: Sw Ananda Teertha.
The sutra
The Zen Master Mu-Nan had only one successor. His name was Shoju.
After Shoju had completed his study of Zen, Mu-Nan called him into his room and said, "I am getting old, and as far as I know you are the only one who will carry on this teaching. Here is a book. It has been passed down from master to master for seven generations, and I have also added many points according to my understanding. This book is very precious, and I am giving it to you to represent your successorship."
Shoju replied, "Please keep the book. I received your Zen without writing, and I was very happy with it, thank you."
Mu-Nan replied, "I know that, but this great work has been carried from master to master for seven generations, and it will be a symbol of your learning. Here, take the book." The two were talking in front of a fire, and the instant Shoju felt the book in his hands he thrust it into the flames.
Mu-Nan, who had never in his life been angry before, shouted, "What are you doing?"
And Shoju shouted back, "And what are you saying?"
Question 1
Beloved Osho, there will be a precious value to this book when it comes out, because it can tell people that there is a buddha available now, and that he has methods suitable to the time and to us.
But one of the questions which has arisen here and will certainly arise in the West is: How do I know I need a master?
Question 2
Beloved Osho, a lot of people say they can't really let themselves go in meditation because of the physical pain, because of bumping into each other and falling down. They feel this may be some sort of excuse for not really letting go.
Could you talk to us about this physical aspect?


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