Nityaprem offers food for ‘no-thought’ re Osho’s focus on Zen during his final years.
In the later years of Poona 2 Osho talked a lot about Zen, the Zen masters and Zen stories, and I wonder at the meaning of that. It seemed a departure from earlier styles of discourse, the talks on consciousness and wide ranging spiritual topics of the 1970’s, to the real world topics of the Ranch and immediately after, and then finally Zen. You can guess the year of a discourse by the sound of Osho’s voice, which changed over the years, and you can gain an indication from the topic.
So it makes me wonder, was Osho trying to indicate a path for his sannyasins with the many talks about Zen? One of the many things he said about Zen was that it would not make you a holy man, but instead it would take you back to ordinariness. Osho was not trying to create a religion of holy people it seems.
“To understand Zen you need not make a philosophical effort; you have to go deep into meditation. And what is meditation all about? Meditation is a jump from the mind into no-mind, from thoughts to no-thought. Mind means thinking, no-mind means pure awareness. One simply is aware. Only then will you be able to understand Zen – through experience, not through any intellectual effort.”
In Buddhism you sometimes come across monks who react from awareness, and no longer from the impulsiveness of arising thoughts. It makes me wonder whether any sannyasins reached to that place of mind, where thought no longer arises.