Zen The Diamond Thunderbolt ~ 04

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 15 Jul 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 15min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 1:01:00.
Live music after the discourse.
online audio
video Available, duration 1h 17min. Quality: good.
online video
see also
online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle BOLT04
Reader of the sutras: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutras
Once, a monk asked Joshu, "What is the body without illness?"
Joshu said, "The body made of the four elements and five skandhas."
On another occasion, Ummon asked a monk, "What are you?"
He replied, "I'm the head of the infirmary."
"You don't mean to say so!" said Ummon. "Is there anybody not ill?"
"I don't understand," replied the monk.
"Why can't you understand?" asked Ummon.
The monk was silent, and then Ummon said "Ask me the same question."
So the monk asked Ummon, "Who is the man without any illness?"
Ummon pointed to the next monk.
Once there was a monk ill in the infirmary who asked to see Tozan. When Tozan went there the monk said to him, "Why don't you save ordinary people?"
Tozan asked him, "Who is your family?"
The monk replied, "A great Icchantika family."
Tozan remained silent for some time. Then the monk said, "What shall we do when the four mountains come pressing round us?"
Tozan said, "I myself came from under the roof of a family."
The monk said, "Is there relativity or no relativity?"
Tozan answered, "None."
The monk asked, "Where will you let me go?"
"To a rice field," answered Tozan.
The monk heaved a sigh and said, "Goodbye," and died sitting there.
Tozan tapped him on the head three times with his staff and said, "Like this, you knew how to die, but not how to live."
When Sozan was about to die, he made a verse:
My road is beyond the blue sky;
The clouds never make any commotion.
In this world there is a tree without any roots;
Its yellow leaves send back the wind.
After saying this, he passed away.

Question 1
Beloved Osho, we make life a struggle and death a struggle. Is not graciousness simply the ability to live while alive, and die when dying?


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