oshobob The Living Workshop
their first meeting, Seigen asked Sekito,
"Where do you come from?"
Sekito replied, "I come from Sokei."
Seigen held up a whisk and said, "Did you find
this over there?"
Sekito replied, "No, not only was it not over
there, but it was also not in the West land."
Seigen asked, "You reached the West land,
Sekito replied, "If I had reached, I could have
Seigen said, "Not yet enough – speak further."
Sekito replied, "You should also speak from your
side. How is it you urge only me?"
Seigen said, "There's no problem for me in
answering you, but nobody would agree with it."
Seigen continued, "When you were at Sokei,
what did you get there?"
Sekito replied, "Even before going to Sokei, I
hadn't lost a thing."
Then Sekito asked, "When you were in Sokei,
did you know yourself?"
Seigen said, "How about you? Do you know me
Sekito answered, "Yes, I do. How can I know you
any further?" He continued, "Osho, since you left
Sokei, how long have you been staying here?"
Seigen replied, "I do not know either. And you,
when did you leave Sokei?"
Sekito said, "I don't come from Sokei."
Seigen responded, "All right – now I know where
you come from."
Sekito said, "Osho, you are a great one – do not
He was saying that you are wasting time
unnecessarily in checking to see whether I am of
any worth or not, but, before you accept me as a
disciple, I have accepted you as a master. That's
why he has suddenly started calling him Osho.
He is saying whether you accept me as a disciple
or not, that does not matter. I have accepted you
as my master. "Osho, you are a great one – do
not waste time." Let us begin the real work.
That is the honest seeker's response. Don't
waste time in this dialogue and answering and
questioning. Just let us begin the real work. And
the real work is following the inner path to your
God is Dead, Now Zen is the Only Living Truth,