Ma Tzu The Empty Mirror ~ 09

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 24 Sep 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 43min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 1:23:51.
Live music after the discourse.
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video Available, duration 1h 50min. Quality: good.
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online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle MATZU09
Reader of the sutra: Ma Deva Anando. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
On one occasion, a monk called on Ma Tzu and asked him, "Who is the man who does not take all dharmas as his companions?"
Ma Tzu replied, "I will tell you this after you have swallowed all the water in the West river."
Upon hearing this, the monk was instantaneously awakened, and he stayed for two years at Ma Tzu's monastery.
At another time, Ma Tzu said, "Every dharma is the dharma of the mind, and every name is a name of the mind. All beings are born of the mind, and so mind is the foundation of all beings.
As an example: The shadow of the moon reflected on the water has many shapes, but the real moon is not like that. Likewise there are various rivers, but the nature of the water is the same. Although there are myriad activities, there is no discrimination in the emptiness. Different things go through the different ways, but the liberated wisdom is one. All are based on one mind.
Every dharma is based on the dharma of Buddha. Each dharma is instantly the dharma of realization, and the dharma of realization is, things being as they really are.
All that come and go and have a rest, or sit and lie down, are the mysterious work, and they don't need a process of time. The scriptures also say: 'All around everywhere, instantaneously there are Buddhas.'"
Ma Tzu continued, "Cultivation is of no use for the attainment of Tao. The only thing that one can do is to be free of defilement. When one's mind is stained with thoughts of life and death, or deliberate action, that is defilement. The grasping of the truth is the function of everyday-mindedness.
Everyday-mindedness is free from intentional action, free from concepts of right and wrong, taking and giving, the finite or the infinite.... All our daily activities -- walking, standing, sitting, lying down -- all response to situations, our dealings with circumstances as they arise: all this is Tao."

Question 1
Our Beloved Master, a situation that occurred last night was such a vivid illustration for me of how you are -- as we have heard of Ma Tzu -- a living teaching master of Zen, a man of Tao.
When the horse came trotting into the hall, anyone in your place who was anything less than enlightened would have been disconcerted to find that the attention had moved from them. They may have felt distracted, thrown off center; afraid of looking foolish because they could not see what the cause of the laughter was.
You simply stopped talking and allowed events to take a new course. You looked so vulnerable, so innocent and unknowing, in those moments. Your immense power and extraordinary fragility, your absolute presence and your utter absence were so apparent.
This is not really a question; I just wanted an excuse to make sure the incident did not go unrecorded.


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