Joshu: The Lion’s Roar
“On one occasion, as Joshu was receiving new arrivals in his monastery, he asked one of them, ‘Have you been here before?’ Small things to be noted: one, the master himself is at the reception desk receiving new arrivals. Zen is an effort to look into your potentialities. Why waste time? – not even a few moments. So the master is receiving new arrivals at the gate of the monastery. In the first encounter with each new arrival it will be determined whether he is worthwhile to work upon, or just to let him have a cup of tea and move on. "And the question that he asked does not mean what you think it means. Have you been here before. He is not talking about the ordinary ‘here,’ he is talking about the ultimate ‘here.’ It is not concerned with the place, the monastery, or Joshu. It is concerned with a meditative state where time ceases and only now-ness remains; where space disappears and only here-ness is left behind.
This now and here, these two words, contain the whole approach of Zen. If you can be now and here, nothing else has to be done. Every door of existential mystery will be opened unto you."So when a man like Joshu asks, Have you been here before? don’t misunderstand him. He is not talking about the place, he is talking about spacelessness, timelessness. “Have you ever been in deep meditation?” – that is what he is asking.
|Type||Series of Talks|
|Publisher||OSHO Media International|
|Dimensions (size)||140 x 216 mm|
|Number of Pages||168|