The Buddha The Emptiness of the Heart ~ 03

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 10 Sep 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 2h 27min. Quality: good.
Osho leading meditation from 2:00:24.
10 minutes of live music after the discourse.
online audio
video Available, duration 2h 31min. Quality: good.
online video
see also
online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle EMPTI03
Reader of the sutra: Ma Prem Maneesha. Questions are being read by Osho himself.
After discourse Osho leads No-Mind Meditation.
The sutra
Edited excerpt: 6min 36sec, parts of answer to the sutra **
A layman asked Bankei, "Though I am grateful for your teaching of birthlessness, thoughts from constantly applied mental habits readily come up, and I get lost in them and have difficulty remaining continually unborn. How can I apply wholehearted faith?"
Bankei replied, "If you try to stop arising thoughts, the stopping mind and the stopped mind become split in two and you never have any peace of mind. Just trust that thoughts are originally nonexistent but temporarily arise and cease, conditioned by what is seen and heard, and have no real substance."
Another layman asked, "When I wipe out arising thoughts, they keep coming up from the traces, never stopping. How can I control these thoughts?"
Bankei replied, "Wiping out arising thoughts is like washing blood with blood; though the first blood may be removed, the washing blood still stains; no matter how much you wash, the stain is not removed.
This no-mind is originally unborn and undying and without illusion. Not realizing this, thinking that thoughts are existent things, you roam around in the routines of birth and death.
Realizing that thoughts are only temporary appearances, you should let them be as they start and stop, without grasping or rejecting them. It is like images reflected in a mirror; since the mirror is clear and bright, it reflects whatever comes before it, but doesn't keep the images.
The enlightened no-mind is infinitely brighter and clearer than a mirror and is also radiantly aware, so all thoughts dissolve in that light without leaving a trace. If you can believe and trust in this truth, no matter how much they come up, it won't be a hindrance."

Question 1
Our Beloved Master, yesterday, I remembered to remember my emptiness more often than any other day. I remembered at the tailor's -- a crucial criterion. I even remembered during rush hour at Mariam canteen -- the ultimate test.
I have understood you to say that through making an effort, by and by we will instill in ourselves a self-perpetuating awareness that finally does not need our active remembrance; it will have become a constant backdrop to all we do.
This must be different from simply cultivating a good habit, but just how is it different?


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