Zen The Diamond Thunderbolt ~ 13

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 24 Jul 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 51min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 1:28:46.
Live music after the discourse.
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video Available, duration 1h 48min. Quality: inferior (under revision).
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online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle BOLT13
notes
synopsis
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
Once, when Tozan was traveling with another monk, they saw a vegetable leaf floating down a valley stream. Tozan said, "If there were no-one in the deep mountains, how could there be a vegetable leaf here? If we go upstream we might find a wayfarer staying there."
Making their way through the brush and going several miles up the valley, they suddenly saw the strange-looking, emaciated figure of a man. It was master Ryuzan. His name meant "dragon mountain," and he was also known as Yinshan, meaning, "hidden in the mountains." Tozan and the other monk put down their bundles and greeted Ryuzan.
Ryuzan then said, "There is no road on this mountain -- how did you get here?"
Tozan said, "Leaving aside the fact that there is no road, where did you enter?"
Ryuzan said, "I didn't come by clouds or water."
Tozan then asked, "How long have you been living on this mountain?"
Ryuzan said, "The passing of seasons and years cannot reach it."
Tozan asked, "Were you here first, or was the mountain here first?"
Ryuzan answered, "I do not know."
Tozan said, "Why not?"
Ryuzan said, "I don't come from celestial or human realms."
Tozan said, "What truth have you realized that you come to dwell here on this mountain?"
Ryuzan said, "I saw two clay bulls fighting, go into the ocean, and up till now have no news of them."
For the first time, Tozan bowed with deep respect for Ryuzan. Then he asked Ryuzan, "What is the guest within the host?"
Ryuzan said, "The blue mountain is covered by white clouds."
Tozan asked, "What is the host within the host?"
Ryuzan answered, "He never goes out of the door."
Tozan then asked, "How far apart are host and guest?"
Ryuzan said, "Waves on a river."
Tozan then asked, "When guest and host meet, what is said?"
Ryuzan said, "The pure breeze sweeps the white moon."
Tozan took his leave and departed.


Question 1
Beloved Osho, need I drop Nietzsche, along with Jesus? I can't help but imagine Nietzsche up there in the mountains with Ryuzan -- because he regarded the mountains as a place to examine all that has been "excommunicated by morality."
And what Nietzsche said of his own writing sounds as if it might be said of these evenings with you:
"He who knows how to breathe the air of these discourses knows that it is an air of the heights, a robust air. One has to be made for it; otherwise there is no small danger one will catch cold."


(source:CD-ROM)


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