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Yakusan: Straight to the Point of Enlightenment

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“A tidal wave arises in the ocean – from where is it coming? And soon it disperses back in the ocean. The source of your coming and the source of your going are absolutely the same.”

Yakusan experienced his awakening with the master Sekito, and later, “When so many people became enlightened under Yakusan, the whole mountain where he was collecting all these seekers must have become a paradise. So many enlightened people…the whole mountain must have been rejoicing and dancing.”

In this series of talks Osho uses small anecdotes about the Zen masters to gently take us on the search for the inner buddha. “My concern is somehow to bring you to an awakening.”

Osho says: “My effort is so totally different and diametrically opposite to all the founders of religions, that there is no way to compare me with anybody. I am a majority of a single individual, and I want all of you to be a majority of single individuals.

“You are enough unto yourself. You don’t need anything. You need only a deep inner search.”

Chapter Titles
1: Whatever the Cost Enlightenment Is Cheap
2: There Is No Way to Compare Me with Anybody
3: A Grand Approach to Reality
4: The Sutra Is Long, the Night Is Short
5: The Truth Is What Works
 
Excerpt from: Yakusan: Straight to the Point of Enlightenment, Chapter 4
"While I am speaking on Zen masters, I am speaking in a way which is absolutely contemporary; you can understand it. They are still speaking the language of the past.
 
"It is a calamity that the so-called religious people get caught up in a certain moment in history. Then they don’t progress from that place. The Buddhists are caught up with Gautam Buddha, twenty-five centuries back. Everything has changed, but their ideology remains twenty-five centuries old. It does not ring bells in your heart, hence you cannot feel at home.
 
"Never think for a moment that what I am saying about Zen has been said by the Zen masters themselves. I am constantly improving, improvising. With me religion is not something static. It is an evolutionary process. It grows like a tree, hundreds of feet high, it moves like a river, thousands of miles; not for a single moment does the movement stop. Since eternity rivers have been moving and moving and moving.
 
"I am not a pond; and when you go to Japan you will find ponds. I make every effort to make the ponds flow like a river. A pond knows nothing but death; it is dying every moment, the water is evaporating. Soon there will be just mud left." Osho
 
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:
life... pope... witness... scriptures... enlightened... complex... lie... yakusan... vedas... rinzai...
 
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