The Great Zen Master Ta Hui ~ 13

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event type discourse
date & time 21 Jul 1987 am
location Chuang Tzu Auditorium, Pune
language English
audio Available, duration 1h 45min. Quality: good.
Live music after the discourse.
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video Available, duration 1h 29min. Quality: good. Incomplete: missing 18 paragraphs at the end, ~17min, and Osho leaving.
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shorttitle TAHUI13
Reader of the sutras: Ma Prem Maneesha.
The sutra
Nothing to be given
There has never been anything to give to people, only folks who have been able to point out the road for people. An ancient worthy said, "Having some attainment is the jackal's yelp; having no attainment is the lion's roar."
Buddha was someone who had mastered adaptation: In the course of forty-nine years, in more than three hundred and sixty assemblies where he taught the dharma, he guided people according to their individual faculties. Thus he preached with one voice through all realms, while sentient beings each obtained benefits according to their kind. It's like: "One gust of the East wind, and the myriad grasses all bend down." The dharma preached by the Buddha is also like this.
If he had had the intent to create benefit in all realms, then this would have been preaching the dharma egotistically. To want to cause myriad beings to gain deliverance according to their kind -- isn't this after all impossible? Haven't you read how Sariputta, at the assembly where the perfection of wisdom was preached, asked Manjushri, "Don't all Buddhas, the tathagatas, awaken to the realm of truth?" Manjushri said, "No, Sariputta. Even the buddhas cannot be found: How could there be Buddhas who awaken to the realm of truth? Even the realm of truth cannot be found: How could it be realized by the Buddhas?" See how those two men spurred each other on this way. When did they ever set their minds on anything? All the Buddhas and all the patriarchs since antiquity have had a style like this in helping people. It's just that later descendents have lost the essence of the school and set up their own individual sects, making up strange things and concocting marvels.


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