The Dhammapada Vol 01 ~ 02

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event type discourse
date & time 22 Jun 1979 am
location Buddha Hall, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 48min. Quality: good.
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online text find the PDF of this discourse
shorttitle DHAM0102
Reader of the questions: n/a; questions are being read by Osho himself.
Question 1 from Subhuti (*1)
Beloved master,
An empty chair
A silent hall
An introduction to Buddha --
How eloquent!
How rare!
Question 2 from Deva Prashantam
Beloved master, it is about this feeling that it has always been there, and as soon as I feel it, it seems so far away -- but what is this "it"?
Question 3 from Anando
Beloved master, what is your hobby?
Question 4 from Ma Anand Sheela
Beloved master, this morning when you addressed us "my beloved bodhisattvas," it felt at that moment as though it were actually true. But later on, even a possibility that we one day will become bodhisattvas seemed like a dream....
Question 5 from Ma ? Zareen
Beloved master, there is so much nonsense about your teachings and the activities of your ashram in the press recently. It somehow infuriates me because it seems so far from the actual facts. Letters in response to the contrary are not being published. Now, I know this must make no difference whatsoever to you. Is this then what Jesus means when he says to turn the other cheek?

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(*1) Subhuti Anand Waight's book Wild Wild Guru (2019), p.99:
... His talks on The Dhammapada were planned as a huge project, eventually filling 12 volumes of books. But on the morning he was due to begin, he fell sick and couldn’t come to the meditation hall. In his absence, we sat together in silence, facing an empty chair on the podium, where he usually sat.
Afterwards, on my way to the press office, it struck me as the perfect introduction to Buddha, a man who preached shunyata, inner emptiness and silence. A little poem flowed into my mind and I immediately typed it out and sent it to Bhagwan in the form of a discourse question:
Beloved Bhagwan,
An empty chair, a silent hall,
An introduction to Buddha.
How eloquent! How rare!
He answered it as the first question of the new discourse series:
“Yes, Subhuti, that’s the only way to introduce Buddha to you. Silence is the only language he can be expressed in. Words are too profane, too inadequate, too limited. Only an empty space, utterly silent, can represent the being of a buddha.”