Kyogen was asked by a monk, “What is the way?”
He answered, “A dragon singing in a withered tree.”
The monk said, “I don’t know what you are talking about.”
Kyogen said, “The pupils of the eyes of a skull.”
Afterwards, another monk asked Sekiso,
“What is this ‘Dragon singing in a withered tree’?”
Sekiso said, “It is being invested with joy.”
The monk then asked, “What is this ‘Pupils of a skull’?”
Sekiso said, “It is the garment of wisdom.”
Again, a monk asked Sozan what the dragon singing in the withered tree meant, and he answered, “The pulse does not stop.”
To the question about what the pupils of the skull signified, he answered, “Not quite dry.”
The monk asked, “Is there anyone who can hear the dragon singing?”
Sozan replied, “In all the wide world, there is not a single person who does not hear it.”
The monk asked whose words they were.
Sozan said, “I don’t know, but whoever hears them will lose his life.”
Sozan composed a verse:
The dragon in the withered tree
really sees the way.
The eyes of the skull above all
Knowledge reaches its limit,
and there is nothing to say.
Who can distinguish the pure
amidst the impure?
One day a monk came along, and, not knowing he was speaking to the master, asked Bokushu the way to the master’s room.
Bokushu took off his sandal and hit the monk on the head with it – and the monk ran off.
Then Bokushu called to him, “Osho!” and the monk turned his head.
“That’s the way to it,” Bokushu said, pointing with his finger.
Maneesha, before I enter into the mysteries of Zen, I have received a threat from that old goat, the Shankaracharya of Puri. Rather than answering my question about how burning a living woman can make clouds come over Hyderabad, he has asked the government to arrest me, because I have brought AIDS to India. He is such a genius of stupidity.
This is the only campus in the whole world where everybody has to produce a certificate saying that he has not got AIDS. How can I bring AIDS to India? Such nonsense should not be tolerated, and I have told him that if he wants a controversy with me, he will have to bring an AIDS-negative certificate with him, otherwise he cannot enter the campus.
He refuses to bring the certificate. Why is he afraid? The fear shows many things. In fact AIDS has been brought into the world by the monks of all the religions who preach celibacy. Celibacy automatically leads people into perversion. If he is really interested he should get a certificate, not only for himself, but for all the priests of his great temple in Puri. And most are bound to be found to be homosexuals, because celibacy is such an unnatural imposition that it is bound to turn your life-energy into some kind of perversion.
Just today one priest in Pune has been found to have AIDS. But as all priests are cunning, he entered his blood in somebody else’s name, with somebody else’s address. But, by the way, the National Institute of Biology recognized one person and that was the priest. Forty-six other persons are also suffering from AIDS, and that is not the final limit, but all forty-six persons entered their names wrongly, addresses wrongly and the Institute is at a loss where to find them.