This This A Thousand Times This ~ 05

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 31 May 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 2min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 46:35.
Live music after the discourse.
online audio
video Available, duration 1h 10min. Quality: good, but Osho leaving is not so good.
online video
see also
online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle THIS05
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
Once there was a Zen master named Sekito, meaning stonehead, so called because he constructed a hut on a big, flat stone which he found in a mountain, and lived there. One day a young monk in training came to see him.
Sekito asked: "Where have you come from?"
The monk answered, "From Kosei, master."
Sekito then said: "In Kosei, the famous Zen master, Baso, lives. Have you ever seen him?"
"Yes, I have," the monk replied.
The master, pointing at a big piece of firewood nearby, then asked a most extraordinary question: "Does master Baso look like this?"
Unfortunately, the monk, with whatever Zen ability he might have had, was no match for Sekito. He blinked his eyes, and could not utter a word.
The astonished monk returned all the way back to Kosei, met the great teacher Baso, and told him of the story.
Hearing it, Baso asked, "Was the firewood you saw big or small?"
"It was very big," the monk answered.
"You are a man of great strength," was Baso's unexpected reply.
"Why, master?" queried the monk, at a loss as to how to take it.
Baso then said: "You have brought here such a big piece of firewood all the way from Sekito. You surely are a man of great strength, aren't you?"

Question 1
Beloved Osho, more than any other understanding of life, Zen is uncompromising. There is no recourse to interesting explanations from the head or moving expressions from the heart. Either you get the experience or you don't. There is no middle way.
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