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    Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt



    Zen: The Diamond Thunderbolt



    CHAPTER 1

    The whiskers of the pebble
    12 July 1988 pm in Gautam the Buddha Auditorium

    BELOVED OSHO,
    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.”

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