The Buddha The Emptiness of the Heart ~ 06

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event type discourse & meditation
date & time 13 Sep 1988 pm
location Gautam the Buddha Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 55min. Quality: good, but the last 6 minutes have a constant noise (under revision).
Osho leading meditation from 1:46:20.
Live music after the discourse.
online audio
video Available, duration 2h 3min. Quality: good.
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shorttitle EMPTI06
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:
At the beginning you have to take up a koan.
The koan is some deep saying of a patriarch. Its effect in this world of distinctions is to make a man's gaze straight, and to give him strength as he stands on the brink of the river bank.
For the past two or three years, I have been giving, in my interviews, three koans: "The true face before father and mother were born," "the heart, the buddha," and "no heart, no buddha." For one facing the turbulence of life-and-death, these koans clear away the sandy soil of worldly concerns and open up the golden treasure which was there from the beginning, the ageless root of all things.
However, if after grappling with a koan for three or five years, there is still no satori, then the koan should be dropped; otherwise it may become an invisible chain round one. Even these traditional methods can become a medicine which poisons.
In general, meditation has to be done with urgency, but if, after three or five years the urgency is still maintained forcibly, the tension becomes a wrong one and it is a serious condition. Many lose heart and give up as a result.
An ancient has said, "Sometimes quickly and sometimes slowly, sometimes hot on the trail and sometimes resting at a distance."
Bukko continued:
So this mountain priest now makes people at this stage throw down their koan. When it is dropped and there is a cooling down, in due time they hit on what their own true nature is, as the solution of the koan.
In concentration on a koan, there is a time of rousing the spirit of inquiry, there is a time of breaking the clinging attachments, there is a time of furious dashing forward, and there is a time of damping the fuel and stopping the boiling.
Since coming to Japan, this mountain priest has been making the pupils look into a koan, but when they have done this for a good time, he tells them to throw it down. The point is that many people come to success if they first have the experience of wrestling with a koan and later reduce the effort; but few come to success at the time when they are putting out exceptional effort.
So the instruction is that those who have not yet looked into a koan absolutely must do so, but those who have had one for a good time must throw it down. At the time of zazen they throw it all away. They sleep when it is time to sleep, go when it is time to go, sit when it is time to sit, and so on, as if they were not doing Zen at all.

Question 1
Our Beloved Master, this unspeakable that you are trying to communicate to us, this ungraspable that we are trying to get -- sometimes it seems profoundly mysterious, sometimes it seems embarrassingly obvious. Is it either of these -- or both together?


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