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Osho Audiobook - Individual Talk: The Diamond Sutra, # 11, (mp3) - desire, moment, tathagata


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The Fully Enlightened One

Talk #11 of the Series, The Diamond Sutra

"To recapitulate: The Lord said: The Tathagata speaks in accordance with reality, speaks the truth, speaks of what is, not otherwise. 'Tathagata,' Subhuti, is synonymous with true suchness.

"The word suchness is of immense importance in Buddha's approach towards reality. The word suchness is as important in Buddhism as God is in other religions.

"The Buddhist word for suchness is tathata. It means, 'Seeing things are such, don't take any attitude, don't make any opinion, don't judge or condemn.' The Buddhist meditation consists of suchness. The method is very practical and very deep going. Buddha has said to his disciples, 'Just watch things as they are, without interfering.' For example, you have a headache. The moment you note it, immediately the opinion enters that this is not good: 'Why should I have a headache? What should I do not to have it?' You are immediately worried, you have taken an opinion, you are against it, you have started repressing it."
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Osho continues:
"Either you have to repress it chemically, through an Aspro or Novalgin, or you have to repress it in the consciousness – you don't look at it, you put it aside. You get involved in something else, you want to be distracted in something else so you can forget it. But in both ways you have missed suchness.

"What will Buddha suggest? Buddha says take note twice, 'Headache, headache.' Don't feel inimical towards it, neither friendly nor antagonistic. Just take simple note, as if it has nothing to do with you: 'Headache, headache.' And remain undisturbed, undistracted, uninfluenced by it, without any opinion.

"See the point. Immediately, ninety percent of the headache is gonebecause a headache is not a real headache, ninety percent arises out of the antagonistic opinion. Immediately you will see that the greater part of it is no longer there. And another thing will be noted: sooner or later you will see that the headache is disappearing in something else – maybe you are now feeling anger. What happened? If you repress the headache you will never come to know what its real message was. The headache was there just as an indicator that you are full of anger in this moment and the anger is creating a tension in the head, hence the headache. But you watched, you simply took note of it – 'Headache, headache' – you remained impartial, objective.

"Then the headache disappears. And the headache gives you the message that 'I am not a headache, I am anger.' Now, Buddha says, take note again: 'Anger, anger.' Now don't become angry with anger, otherwise again you are trapped and you have missed suchness. If you say, 'Anger, anger,' ninety percent of the anger will be gone immediately. This is a very practical method. And the ten percent that will be left will release its message. You may come to see that it is not anger, it is ego. Take note again: 'Ego, ego.' And so on and so forth. One thing is connected with another, and the deeper you move the closer you come to the original cause. And once you have come to the original cause the chain is broken – there is nothing beyond it."
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

desire, moment, sky, movements, illusions, chain, tathagata, rinzai, tathata

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