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    Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-Mind



    Zen: The Quantum Leap From Mind to No-Mind



    CHAPTER 1


    Babysitting is the basic business of all buddhas
    11 June 1988 pm in Gautam the Buddha Auditorium

    BELOVED OSHO,
    THE SCHOLAR, RYO OF SEIZAN, ONCE HAD A MEETING WITH BASO, WHO ASKED HIM,
    ”WHAT SUTRA ARE YOU LECTURING ON?”
    ”THE MIND SUTRA,” HE REPLIED.
    BASO SAID, ”BY WHAT DO YOU LECTURE?”
    RYO ANSWERED, ”WITH MIND.”
    BASO SAID, ”THE MIND IS LIKE AN ACTOR, THE MEANING LIKE A JESTER, THE SIX SENSES
    LIKE AN ACQUAINTANCE; HOW CAN THE MIND LECTURE ON A SUTRA?”
    RYO RETORTED, ”IF MIND CANNOT LECTURE, CAN’T NO-MIND?”
    BASO REPLIED, ”YES, NO-MIND CAN LECTURE ALL RIGHT.”
    RYO DUSTED HIS SLEEVES AND BEGAN TO TAKE HIS DEPARTURE.
    BASO CALLED TO HIM AND SAID, ”PROFESSOR!”
    RYO TURNED HIS HEAD.
    BASO SAID, ”FROM BIRTH TO DEATH, THIS IS HOW IT IS.”
    RYO HAD A GREAT AWAKENING AND BOWED IN RESPECT TO BASO.
    BASO SAID, ”WHAT ON EARTH ARE YOU BOWING FOR, NIT-WIT?”
    RYO’S WHOLE BODY WAS NOW RUNNING WITH SWEAT. GOING BACK TO HIS TEMPLE, RYO
    SAID TO THE MONKS, ”I THOUGHT IT COULD BE SAID THAT ALL MY LIFE, NO ONE COULD
    LECTURE BETTER THAN I ON THE SUTRAS. TODAY, A QUESTION BY BASO DISSOLVED THE
    ICE OF A LIFETIME.”
    RYO GAVE UP HIS LECTURES AND RETIRED FAR INTO THE WESTERN MOUNTAINS AND
    WAS HEARD OF NO MORE.
    ... ON ANOTHER OCCASION BASO SAID TO THE ASSEMBLED MONKS, ”BELIEVE THAT EACH
    AND ALL OF YOU HAVE THE MIND WHICH IS THE BUDDHA! DARUMA CAME FROM INDIA
    TO THE MIDDLE KINGDOM TO ENLIGHTEN YOU WITH THE TRUTH HE CONVEYED, OF THE
    MAHAYANA ONE MIND.”
    A MONK SPOKE UP AND SAID, ”WHY DO YOU TEACH ‘THE MIND IS THE BUDDHA’?”
    BASO SAID, ”TO STOP THE BABY CRYING.”
    THE MONK SAID, ”AND WHEN THE BABY STOPS CRYING?”
    BASO SAID, ”MIND IS NOT THE BUDDHA.”
    THE MONK SAID, ”BESIDE THIS, IS THERE SOMETHING MORE?”
    BASO REPLIED, ”I WILL TELL YOU, IT IS NOT SOME THING.”

    Maneesha, it is the beginning of a beginningless existential festival. Zen is festive, it is not scholarly.
    It condemns scholars as deeply as possible, because the scholar represents the defined mind,
    cultured mind, borrowed knowledge, dead scriptures. The scholar is a grave. Zen is a living rose
    of flowers. Nothing in it is dead, it is always and always. It goes on from beginningless to endless:
    characters change, leaves fall from the trees, new leaves start growing, the old ones disappear, the
    new ones arrive – it is a constant change. But in essence nothing changes – only on the periphery,
    only on the circumference, but never in the center. And the center is Zen.

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