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Chapter 18: No Guilt

I said, “This is the trouble - that all religions become prisons. Every religion should remain a flowing stream, and new rivers should be allowed to meet. Why make your religions like dead stale ponds? Let it be a river and let continuous new streams go on meeting into it. New people will be becoming enlightened and they will bring fresher insights; the river will become broader and broader, and bigger and more valuable. But this has not happened yet, because people are too much past-oriented and too much afraid of changing anything. The reason is that they don’t have the experience about which they are talking.”

I asked Bhadant Anand, “Do you have the enlightenment that Gautam Buddha had? If you don’t have it, then just listen to what I am saying, because I have it.”

Ta Hui is suffering from his past faults, and he is afraid to say “Yes,” because that means he is saying that buddha-nature and the nature of a dog are just the same. It is because of his own guilt that he cannot say the truth.

But I don’t have any guilt. In fact I don’t have any past. Whatever I am saying is exactly the response in this moment, and I don’t feel even a single part of me to be reluctant. I am saying it with my whole being. That puts my statements in a totally different category. They are not intellectual, they are not historical, they are not scriptural - they are existential.

I am saying it from the same space from where Buddha has spoken, from where Chao Chou has spoken, from where one day Ta Hui is going to speak.