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Live Zen

CHAPTER 1

Emptiness no holiness
22 April 1988 pm in Gautam the Buddha Auditorium


BELOVED OSHO,

EMPEROR WU OF LIANG ASKED BODHIDHARMA, ”WHAT IS THE FIRST PRINCIPLE OF THE
HOLY TEACHINGS?”
BODHIDHARMA SAID, ”EMPTINESS, NO HOLINESS.”
”WHO IS THIS STANDING BEFORE ME?”
”NO KNOWING.”
THE EMPEROR DID NOT GRASP HIS MEANING. THEREUPON BODHIDHARMA CROSSED
THE RIVER AND WENT TO THE LAND OF WEI.
THE EMPEROR LATER SPOKE OF THIS TO SHIKO WHO SAID, ”DO YOU IN FACT KNOW WHO
THIS PERSON IS?”
THE EMPEROR SAID, ”NO KNOWING.”
SHIKO SAID, ”THIS IS THE BODHISATTVA KANNON, THE BEARER OF THE BUDDHA’S HEART
SEAL.”
THE EMPEROR WAS FULL OF REGRET AND WANTED TO SEND FOR BODHIDHARMA, BUT
SHIKO SAID, ”IT IS NO GOOD SENDING A MESSENGER TO FETCH HIM BACK. EVEN IF ALL
THE PEOPLE WENT, HE WOULD NOT TURN BACK.”
SETCHO PUT IT LIKE THIS:
THE HOLY TEACHING? ”EMPTINESS!”
WHAT IS THE SECRET HERE?
AGAIN, ”WHO STANDS BEFORE ME?”
”NO KNOWING!”
INEVITABLE, THE THORNS AND BRIARS SPRINGING UP;
SECRETLY, BY NIGHT, HE CROSSED THE RIVER.
ALL THE PEOPLE COULD NOT BRING HIM BACK.
NOW, SO MANY YEARS GONE BY.
STILL BODHIDHARMA FILLS YOUR MIND – IN VAIN.
STOP THINKING OF HIM!
A GENTLE BREEZE PERVADES THE UNIVERSE.
THE MASTER LOOKS AROUND:
”IS THE PATRIARCH THERE? – YES! BRING HIM TO ME, AND HE CAN WASH MY FEET.”
OSHO,
THIS VERSE SEEMS TO CONTAIN THE ESSENCE OF ZEN – ”NO KNOWING.” IS THIS WHY
YOU HAVE CALLED ZEN THE ONLY LIVING RELIGION?

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