Ma Tzu The Empty Mirror ~ 02

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 17 Sep 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 22min. Quality: good, but a lot of background noises, also rain and thunderstorm.
Osho leading meditation from 1:03:05.
Live music after the discourse.
online audio
video Available, duration 1h 25min. Quality: good.
online video
see also
online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle MATZU02
notes
synopsis
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
After his first instructions from his master, Nangaku, on the meaning of the dharma, Ma Tzu felt as if he were drinking the most exquisite nectar. After bowing to the master, Ma Tzu asked him, "How must one be attuned to the formless samadhi?"
The master said, "When you cultivate the way of interior wisdom, it is like sowing seed. When I expound to you the essentials of dharma, it is like the showers from heaven. As you are receptive to the teaching, you are destined to see the Tao."
Ma Tzu again asked: "Since the Tao is beyond color and form, how can it be seen?"
The master said: "The dharma-eye of your interior spirit is capable of perceiving the Tao. So it is with the formless samadhi."
"Is there still making and unmaking?" Ma Tzu asked.
To this, the master replied, "If one sees the Tao from the standpoint of making and unmaking, or gathering and scattering, one does not really see the Tao. Listen to my gatha:
The ground of the no-mind
Contains many seeds
Which will all sprout when
Heavenly showers come.
The flower of samadhi
Is beyond color and form.
How can there be any more
Mutability?"
It is said that at this, Ma Tzu was truly enlightened, his mind having transcended the world of phenomena. He attended upon his master for a full ten years. During this period, he delved deeper and deeper into meditation.


Quetion 1
Our beloved master, I love the expression, "Take one step towards Allah, and he will come running a thousand steps towards you."
It seems to suggest that receptivity is not a totally inactive waiting but requires a certain participation.
Even to receive a flower, doesn't one need to hold out one's hand? Or am I on the wrong track again?


(source:CD-ROM)


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