Zen: The Mystery and the Poetry of the Beyond

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CHAPTER 1

Leaving the mind far behind
8 January 1989 pm in Gautam the Buddha Auditorium

OUR BELOVED MASTER,
BANSHO GYOSHU STUDIED MEDITATION FIRST WITH MASTER SHOMOKU. HE TOLD
BANSHO, ”STUDYING THIS PATH IS LIKE REFINING GOLD. WHEN IT IS IMPURE, THE PURE
GOLD DOES NOT SHOW.
”AS I LOOK BETWEEN YOUR EYEBROWS, THERE IS VERY MUCH SOMETHING THERE. IF
YOU DON’T PIERCE THROUGH COLD BONES, ONCE, YOU WON’T BE ABLE TO CAST THIS
THING OFF. HEREAFTER, SEE FOR YOURSELF – IT IS NOT A MATTER OF MY SPEAKING
MUCH.”
THEN BANSHO WAS GIVEN THE SAYING OF CHOSHA’S TO CONTEMPLATE ON: ”TURN
YOURSELF BACK INTO MOUNTAINS, RIVERS AND EARTH.”
FOR SIX MONTHS BANSHO MET WITH NO SUCCESS AND SHOMOKU MADE THE COMMENT,
”I ONLY HOPE YOU WILL UNDERSTAND LATER.”
FINALLY, AFTER A LONG TIME, BANSHO DID SUDDENLY HAVE AN INSIGHT.
My Friends,

I have been telling my people for almost thirty years, on and off, that psychoanalysis is dead, as
dead as Sigmund Freud. But no psychoanalyst ever answered. The reality is that psychoanalysis
has never been alive, but it was a great method of exploitation of the sick people.

Nobody has ever been cured by psychoanalysis. There are people who have been under
psychoanalysis for ten years, fifteen years, twenty years, but there is not a single human being
who has gained any insight through psychoanalysis, or any wholeness, any depth, any peak.
People terminate psychoanalysis not because they have succeeded, but because their bank account
is finished. Psychoanalysts are the most highly paid people in the world – for nothing. It was going
to happen sooner or later, because nobody can be cheated forever.

My standpoint was that unless psychoanalysis has a soul… It is digging into dreams – which is an
absolutely futile, meaningless effort, because dreams are just on the surface of the mind. You close
your eyes and they start floating. Analyzing these dreams, you can never come to a conclusion; they
go on and on. Psychoanalysis is just concerned with the dreams and the mind. It does not believe
that there is something beyond the mind that is going to be its suicide, because your real source of
life is beyond the mind.

Mind is just a computer. You can program it, you can reprogram it, deprogram it, you can do anything
with it; it is a mechanism. It is not your being. And unless somebody reaches to his being, he is
wandering and wasting his life, he is simply vegetating. He has no depth, no peak experiences.

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