The Buddha The Emptiness of the Heart ~ 01

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 8 Sep 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 52min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 1:26:33.
13 minutes of live music after the discourse.
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shorttitle EMPTI01
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
Bukko said:
Taking things easily and without forcing, after some time the rush of thought, outward and inward, subsides naturally, and the true face shows itself.
... Now body and mind, free from all motivations, always appear as void and absolute sameness, shining like the brightness of heaven, at the center of the vast expanse of phenomenal things, and needing no polishing or cleaning. This is beyond all concepts, beyond being and non-being.
Leave your innumerable knowings and seeings and understandings, and go to that greatness of space. When you come to that vastness, there is no speck of Buddhism in your heart, and when there is no speck of knowledge about you, you will have the true sight of buddhas and patriarchs.
The true nature is like the immensity of space which contains all things. When you can go and come in all regions equally, when there is nothing specially yours, no within and no without, when you conform to high and conform to low, conform to the square and conform to the round, that is it.
The emptiness of the sea allows waves to rise; the emptiness of the mountain valley makes the voice echo; the emptiness of the heart makes the buddha. When you empty the heart, things appear as in a mirror, shining there without differences between them. Life and death an illusion, all the buddhas are one's own body.
Zen is not something mysterious; it is just hitting and piercing through. If you cut off all doubts, the course of life-and-death is cut off naturally. I ask you all: Do you see it or don't you? -- how in June the snow melts from the top of mount Fuji.

Question 1
Our Beloved Master, in the West, they say that love -- two full hearts -- makes the world go round. Judging by the casualty rate, full hearts don't seem to be the answer.
What is the world of the empty heart of Zen?


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