I have said things about Jesus that no Christian has ever said. I have appreciated the man more than any Christian in two thousand years. But when I criticized a few things about Jesus, immediately the whole Christian world turned against me. They were silent when I was saying and appreciating great statements of Jesus. They were happy, but nobody even said a single word. But when I criticized a few things, the whole Christian world, which means almost half the world, immediately turned to destroying my movement.
My books have been banned by the pope. A few Christian associations have published my books on Jesus, but when I criticized Jesus they even burnt my books in which I have praised Jesus.
People are very touchy. If you appreciate something they will not say anything. They will simply enjoy the fact that their mind is being appreciated. It is not a question of Jesus; it is a question of a Christian mind. But when I say something that I see clearly is wrong in Jesus, then it hurts the Christian mind.
For example, I am saying a few things against Bodhidharma, but I am saying many more things in his favor – they will be forgotten. But what I am saying against him…the countries which belong to Mahayana Buddhism will immediately get upset.
My whole life, my whole life’s work has been how to influence people and create enemies.
But bodhisattvas know that suffering is essentially empty. And by remaining in emptiness they remain in nirvana. Nirvana means no birth and no death. It is beyond birth and death and beyond nirvana.
But this is said only about bodhisattvas, not about arhatas. I would like to make it clear that it refers as much to arhatas as to bodhisattvas.
When the mind stops moving it enters nirvana. Nirvana is an empty mind.
Empty mind can be misinterpreted. I would suggest it is better to call it “no-mind”, because mind is never empty. The moment mind is empty, it is no longer there. Empty mind is a contradictory use of words – a contradiction in terms. There is nothing like an empty mind; mind is always thought processes. It is always a traffic of thoughts, emotions, dreams, imaginations.
When the mind is empty, there is no mind. It is better to use the word no-mind than to use the word empty mind. Empty mind can be misleading. People can start thinking that all that they have to do is to empty the mind.
And you cannot empty the mind even if you go on working for eternity. You have to drop it – wholesale. You cannot go emptying it in installments, because here you will be emptying it, and from all directions, things will go on coming into it. You cannot empty the mind. Either you cling to it or you simply drop it. There is no middle way.
An uninhabited place is one without greed, anger or delusion.