Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Zen, its history and teaching - Osho

Its a good introduction to Zen, something I didn't know anything about, before reading this.

To be sure, really understanding it is close to impossible, because its not really a religion, certainly not in the sense that the word religion is understood. Absolutely unlike say Islam or Christianity, and even far removed from the kind of uni - dimensional Hinduism or buddhism that is sought to be institutionalised these days.

The origin of the word is explained as a variation on 'Dhyan'.  The emphasis is on the meditative, innate self, the place of not a thinking mind, but rather an instinctive, unthinking mind. As such, the central theme that I could gather throughout the book, was one of doing away with scripture's teachers, logic, theory, of not choosing at all.

Good read overall.

Some excerpts:

If you meet a budhdha, cut him down; if you meet a patriarch, cut him down; if you meet an arhat, cut him down, if you meet your parents, cut them down, and if you meet your relatives, cut them down.
Only thus, will you be liberated, and ifyou are not held by externals, you will be disengaged and comfortably independent.

The great way, is not difficult for those who have no preferences.
When love and hate are both absent everything becomes clear and undisguised.
Make the smallest distinction, however, and heaver and earth are set infintely apartt.
If you wish to see the truth, then hold no opinion for or against.
The struggle of what one likes and what one dislikes is the disease of the mind.

And finally the lovely haiku..

The ancient pond
A frog jumps in