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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Buddha: The Emptiness of the Heart, # 4, (mp3) - self, mysterious, rinzai


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Enter the Door of Anatta

Talk #4 of the Series, The Buddha: The Emptiness of the Heart

"Maneesha, the clouds and the rain and the silent bamboos, and ten thousand people sitting silently, is a rare phenomenon. This kind of assembly has disappeared from the world. It used to be, when Buddha was walking, or when Rinzai was alive.You are representative of a forgotten past, which is not the past of the crowd but only the past of the awakened ones.

"Rinzai's statement is tremendously significant, but before I say something about it, as a preface.

"Man's personality has been divided in concentric circles. The first circle is the body. Within it, another circle is the mind. Within that, another third circle is the heart. And within the third circle, the center is the self. Buddha goes beyond it.

"The atheists belong to and believe only in the first circle."
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Osho continues:
"They deny all other circles as imagination. Mind also is a function of the body. The theists believe in all the four circles: the body, the mind, the heart, and the self. Their insistence is that the first three circles are insignificant or illusory, they are not your true reality. Your true reality is the fourth center.

"Buddha is breaking new ground. He goes beyond the fourth; he goes beyond the self. No-self, anatta, is your true existence. When you are not, you are. Of course, not in the same form as you have known yourself. You are spread all over the cosmos.

"This is something unique, for which Buddha fought for forty-two years, because every religion stops at the self, the atma. Buddha is alone in the whole field, in saying that unless you go beyond self, you cannot enter into the universal, into the cosmic. You cannot become the rains and you cannot become the bamboo and you cannot become the rosesWhy remain contained in a small bag? Why not be the whole? According to Buddha, to be the whole is the only holiness.

"Rinzai is making his statement in this context; and very perfectly.
A monk asked Rinzai, 'What is the attitude of the heart which does not change from moment to moment?'
"The problem is perennial. The master says something – of course he has to use words, language, concepts, but that is not what he wants to say. That is sheer helplessness, sheer poverty of language; nothing can be done about it. We have to use the marketplace language in a world where neither the body exists, nor the mind exists, nor the self exists, but just a silence. How to convey it? Some word has to be used, some language, to communicate. And immediately the problem arises – the disciple clings to the words.

"It has to be repeated again and again for the disciple that the word is not the message. The word is just a vehicle of an invisible message. That message is not contained in the word, it is around the word. Don't cling to the word, just see the hint.

"But it is very difficult."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

self… mysterious… clouds… celebrate… cosmos… sinner… worldwide… responses… rinzai… sariputta

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