Zen The Diamond Thunderbolt ~ 01

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 12 Jul 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 43min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 1:29:48.
Live music after the discourse.
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video Available, duration 1h 45min. Quality: good.
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online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle BOLT01
Reader of the sutras: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutras
Edited excerpt: 31min 26sec, parts of answer to sutra and q.1**
A monk asked Bokushu, "What is the inner meaning of the teachings of Buddhism?"
Bokushu said, "I won't answer."
"Why not?" asked the monk.
"Because," said Bokushu, "you think and think and then come and ask me."
The monk further asked, "What is the meaning of Bodhidharma coming from the West?"
Bokushu said, "Are we not teacher and learner? Why don't you come nearer?"
The monk went nearer, and then Bokushu said, "When I call a man one from East of Setsu, one from West of Setsu is included. What's the meaning of that?"
The monk then asked, "What is the essence of the meaning of Sokei?" -- (which was where Eno lived).
Bokushu said, "When you meet a swordsman in the street, give him a sword. If he is not a poet, don't show him your poem."
Once, Ummon exclaimed, "Buddhism is just terrific! The tongue is so short." Then he added, "So long." He then said, "When we have finished cutting with a great axe, we rub our hands together."
A monk asked Nan-yin, "What is the great meaning of Buddhism?"
Nan-yin replied, "The origin of a myriad diseases."
The monk said, "Please cure me!"
Nan-yin said, "The world-doctor folds his arms."
A monk asked Yakusan, "Did the essence of Buddhism exist before Bodhidharma came?"
"It did," said Yakusan.
"Then why did he come, if it already existed?" asked the monk.
"He came," said Yakusan, "just because it was here already."

Question 1
Beloved Osho, why have you called Zen, "the Diamond thunderbolt"?


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