Have you ever wondered what life must have been for practitioners of the Way during the Golden Age of Zen? Have you ever wondered what it must’ve been like to meet Rinzai or Dogen face-to-face? Have you had enough of the bland, watered-down, feel-good, touchy-feely ”Zen” of today? Do you want a Zen Buddhism that really works?
This collection of recorded Mondo, or Zen dialogues, between a contemporary Zen Master and his students will give you the true flavor of genuine Zen as it has been handed down through an authentic lineage for centuries. Tutteji Wachtmeister Dai Osho is living proof that the spirit of Zen is alive and kicking, and that the lamp has been successfully transmitted in an unbroken lineage, beginning with Shakyamuni Buddha and reaching its zenith in the 21st Century.
While being scrupulously faithful to the heritage of traditional Zen, Tutteji Wachtmeister Dai Osho adds his own deep understanding of contemporary needs, demonstrating both his roots in the Absolute and his grasp of relative realities. Mondo. 108 Zen Dialogues consists of recorded encounters between Dai Osho and his students, complete with koans, verses, capping phrases, and Tutteji’s own commentaries to the classical cases. Of particular interest for the advanced Zen student will be the inclusion of a number of koans, based on the writings of Ayn Rand and other modern classics.
You have passed the first gate of the ancestors. Now, tell me, what was the spiritual market like before Genpo appeared?
Then we had Elvis.
You’ve attained my skin.
A great Master wrote the following verse:
Before an investment is made,
the Market is there.
Before you make a million,
The Truth has been expressed.
Now, show me that million without flashing your Master Card.
Do you accept cash?
Take off your clothes, and you’ll attain my boner!
Who is John Galt?
Idiot! Everyone knows that. Show me John Galt!
Atlas is shrugging.
The Market doesn’t move
The Wheel turns,
Bringing prosperity to all
You’ve attained my marrow.
Let me state this as strongly as I can: The Zen teachings of Tutteji Wachtmeister Dai Osho is arguably the most important and original contribution to that tradition since the Sixth Patriarch. What Tutteji is offering is an astonishingly original, profound, and effective path for waking up, or seeing one’s True Nature, faithful to the essence of Zen while perfectly in accordance with the demands of today’s spiritual market.
This book contains the most wonderful and precious words of Awakening available today. May the merit of purchasing this book bless sentient beings everywhere, and may they be filled with gratitude for the gifts Tutteji Dai Osho is bringing to this world. May joy arise in their hearts, dancing wildly in the deepest clarity and abundance of Awakening. May they contribute to the uncontrollably overflowing superabundance of radiance, release, bliss, luminosity, prosperity, celebration, gain and fame that is the birthright of us all.
– Ken Dillinger