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Zen stories

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Maroesja Perizonius, commune kind, en mijn ervaringen als communekind... My stories with OSHO OSHO - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh Jezus crusified again? This time in America My OSHO and sannyassin stories Dheeraj, Tibettan Pulsing Healing Face of GOD, Nasa and Hubble telescope pictures, and a story Travels through India and Nepal 1990-2000 Dharmsala 2007 
Wedding in Nepal with two Americans, Stacey and Ronnie...2007 Angel sites... Cairo museum, hotel, restaurant FelFela and train station ShanT's life around his thirties...  ShanT-  1998 - 99 Personal little advertisement... me looking for a woman... Intervieuw with an Australian Monk, living in a nunnery for the past 5 years in Dharmsala. How different is it compared to the commune? Dilgo Kyentse Rinpoche Tulku with Tischa, my daughter... Exclusive Thangka's from Nepal Erotic ancient art from Nepal...
Frequencies of Brilliance Shamanic Training My Altar - How to make an altar  -  Hoe maak je een altaar? My aura, your aura and more... kirlian photo... How Thangka's are being made in Norbulingka, Dharmsala, India Thanka's from Dharmsala, India, made by Norbulinka institute Exclusive Thangka's from Nepal ShanT in Nepal 1998 Two clowns in Nepal, march 2007.... Sadhu's, Sadhu's and Sadhu's... and a clown! With Dalai Lama March 2007  Including photo's from Dharmsala..
My OSHO and sannyassin stories OSHO ashram India and America, The Ranch and Poona... ShanT's life around his thirties... and soo beautiful love making around! ShanT and Mary...1996 Tarot by Sona.     Tarot kaarten van Sona. Hand made paper factory in Poona, India

    One day the governor, Lu-hsuan, asked Nan-ch'uan the following question: "A man once raised a goose in a bottle, watching it grow until he realized it had grown too large to pass through the bottle's neck.  Since he did not want to kill the goose or break the bottle, how would he get it out?"
  Nan-ch'uan began quietly, "My esteemed governor," and then he roared out, "THE GOOSE IS OUT!"
  It is said that Lu-hsuan was enlightened on the spot.
    One day the monks in Nan-ch'uan's monastery were arguing over the possession of a cat.  Holding a knife in his hand, Nan-ch'uan said: "If anyone can say the right thing, this cat will be saved."  None of the monks knew what to say, so Nan-ch'uan killed the cat.
   Later, when Chao-chou returned to the monastery, Nan-ch'uan asked him what he would have said.  Chao-chou took off his straw sandals and put them on his head and walked out.  Whereupon Nan-ch'uan said: "If only you had been here, the cat would have been saved."
    Master Kung-kuo once asked Chuang-tzu, "This thing called Tao - where does it exist?"
  Chuang-tzu answered, "It is in the piss and dung."
    A monk once asked Master Bokuju, "We have to dress and eat every day.  How can we escape from all that?"
  The master replied: "We dress, we eat."
  The monk was puzzled and said he did not understand.  The Master replied: "If you do not understand, put on your clothes and eat your food."
    Yun-men asked a monk: "Where do you come from?"
  The monk replied: "From Hsi-ch'an."
  The Master said: "What words are being offered at Hsi-ch'an these days?"
  The monk stretched out his hands.  Yun-men struck him.  The monk said: "I haven't finished talking."
  Yun-men the extended his own hands.  The monk was silent, so Yun-men struck him.
    Dong-shan once addressed the assembly:
"Concerning realization - through - the - body of going beyond Buddha, I would like to talk a little."
  A monk said "What is this talk?"
  The Master said: "When I talk you don't hear it."
  The monk said: "Do you hear it?"
  The Master said: "Wait till I don't talk, then you hear it."
    A new arrival said apologetically to Chao-chou: "I have come here empty-handed!"
  Chao-chou said: "Lay it down then!"
  "Since I have brought nothing with me, what can I lay down?" asked the visitor.
  "Then go on carrying it!" said the Master.
Not a single stone
   To throw at the dog --
      The wintry moon!


    A monk asked Fa-yen, "As for the finger, I will not ask you about it.  But what is the moon?"
  The Master said: "What is the finger that you don't ask about?"
  So the monk asked: "As for the moon, I will not ask you about it.  But what is the finger?"
  The Master said: "The moon!"
  The monk challenged him: "I asked about the finger.  Why did you answer 'the moon'?"
  The Master replied: "Because you asked about the finger."

"Where are you going?" asked Tung-shan.
"I go where it is changeless," replied Ts'ao-han.
"How can you go where it is changeless?"
"My going is no change."


Anand Bhavo, the goose has never been in, the goose has always been out. It is a Zen koan. First you have to understand the meaning of Zen and the meaning of a koan.

Zen is not a religion, not a dogma, not a creed, Zen is not even a quest, an inquiry; it is non-philosophical. The fundamental of the Zen approach is that all is as it should be, nothing is missing. This very moment everything is perfect. The goal is not somewhere else, it is here, it is now. Tomorrows don't exist. This very moment is the only reality. Hence in Zen there is no distinction between methods and goals, means and goals.

All the philosophies of the world and all the religions of the world create duality; howsoever they may go on talking about non-duality, they create a split personality in man. That has been the greatest calamity that has befallen humanity: all the do-gooders have created a schizophrenic man. When you divide reality into means and goals you divide man himself, because for man, man is the closest reality to man. His consciousness becomes split. He lives here but not really; he is always there, somewhere else. He is always searching, always inquiring; never living, never being, always doing; getting richer, getting powerful, getting spiritual, getting holier, saintly - always more and more. And this constant hankering for more creates his tense, anguished state, and meanwhile he is missing all that is made available by existence. He is interested in the far away and God is close by. His eyes are focused on the stars and God is within him. Hence the most fundamental thing to understand about Zen is: the goose has NEVER been in. Let me tell you the story how this koan started:

A great philosophical official, Riko, once asked the strange Zen Master Nansen, to explain to him the old koan of the goose in the bottle.
"If a man puts a gosling into a bottle," said Riko, "and feeds him until he is full-grown, how can the man get the goose out without killing it or breaking the bottle?"
Nansen gave a great clap with his hands and shouted: "Riko!"
"Yes, Master," said the official with a start.
"See," said Nansen, "the goose is out!"

It is only a question of seeing, it is only a question of becoming alert, awake, it is only a question of waking up. The goose is in the bottle if you are in a dream; the goose has never been in the bottle if you are awake. And in the dream there is no way to take the goose out of the bottle. Either the goose will die or the bottle will have to be broken, and both alternatives are not allowed: neither has the bottle to be broken nor has the goose to be killed. Now, a fully-grown goose in a small bottle... how can you take it out? This is called a koan.

A koan is not an ordinary puzzle; it is not a puzzle because it cannot be solved. A puzzle is that which has a possibility of being solved; you just have to look for the right answer. You will find it - it only needs intelligence to find the answer to the puzzle; but a puzzle is not really insoluble.

A koan is insoluble; you cannot solve it, you can only DISSOLVE it. And the way to dissolve it is to change the very plane of your being from dreaming to wakefulness. In the dream the goose is in the bottle and there is no way to bring it out of the bottle without breaking the bottle or killing the goose - in the dream. Hence, as far as the dream is concerned, the puzzle is impossible; nothing can be done about it.

But there is a way out - which has nothing to do with the puzzle, remember. You have to wake up. That has nothing to do with the bottle and nothing to do with the goose either. You have to wake up. It has something to do with YOU. That's why Nansen did not answer the question.

Riko asked: "If a man puts a gosling into a bottle and feeds him until he is full-grown, how can the man get the goose out without killing it or breaking the bottle?"
Nansen didn't answer. On the other hand, he gave a great clap with his hands and shouted: "Riko!"
Now, this is not an answer to the question - this has nothing to do with the question at all - it is irrelevant, inconsistent. But it solves it; in fact, it dissolves it. The moment he shouted: "Riko!" the official with a start said: "Yes, Master." The whole plane of his being is transformed by a simple strategy.

A Master is not a teacher; he does not teach you, he simply devises methods to wake you up. That clap is a method, that clap simply brought Riko into the present. And it was so unexpected... When you are asking such a spiritual koan you don't expect the Master to answer you with a loud clap and then shout: "Riko!"

Suddenly he is brought from the past, from the future. Suddenly for a moment he forgets the whole problem. Where is the bottle and where is the goose? There is only the Master, in a strange posture, clapping and shouting for Riko. Suddenly the whole problem is dropped. He has slipped out of the problem without even knowing that he slipped out of it. He has slipped out of the problem as a snake slips out of its old skin. For a moment time has stopped. For a moment the clock has stopped. For a moment the mind has stopped. For a moment there is nothing. The Master, the sound of the clap, and a sudden awakening. In that very moment the Master says: "See! See, the goose is out!" It is dissolved.

A koan can only be dissolved but can never be solved. A puzzle can never be dissolved but can be solved. So remember, a koan is not a puzzle.

But when people who are accustomed to continuous thinking, logical reasoning, start studying Zen, they take a false step from the very beginning. Zen cannot be studied; it has to be lived, it has to be imbibed - imbibed from a living Master. It is a transmission beyond words, a transmission of the lamp. The lamp is invisible.
Now, anybody watching this whole situation - Riko asking a question, the Master clapping and shouting - would not have found anything very spiritual in it, would not have found any great philosophy, may have come back very frustrated. But something transpired - something which is not visible and can never be visible.

It happens only when the silence of the Master penetrates the silence of the disciple, when two silences meet and merge; then immediately there is seeing. The Master has eyes, the disciple has eyes, but the disciple's eyes are closed. A device is needed, some method, so that the disciple can open his eyes without any effort of his own. If he makes an effort he will miss the point, because who will make the effort?

Christmas Humphreys, one of the great lovers of Zen in the West, the founder of the Buddhist Society of England and the man who made Zen Buddhism very famous in the Western world, writes about this koan, and you will see the difference. He says:
"There is a method of taking the problem in flank, as it were. It will be nonsense to the rational-minded, but such will read no further. Those who read on will expect increasing nonsense, for sense, the suburban villas of rational thought, will soon be left behind, and the mind will be free on the illimitable hills of its own inherent joy. Here, then, is the real solution to the problem of the opposites.
"Shall I tell it you? Consider a live goose in a bottle. How to get it out without hurting the goose or breaking the bottle? The answer is simple - 'There, it's out!"'


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