Audio for Sammasati part 14 (click to play or right click to download)

“You should understand this. There is nothing which is to become buddha. Don’t just go on hearing the name of buddha; you, yourselves, must see that the good devices and four infinite virtues are not from outside; don’t carry them in your mind.
“What do you intend to follow? Don’t use sutras. Leave the emptiness without falling into it.
“The seekers of the present day search for the Tao chaotically. Here in this place, there is no way to learn, nor any dharma to show.”

Tanka is one of the most significant Zen masters. He will not bother about any essentials – what to say about the non-essentials. No sutras, no philosophies, just the zazen mat. In that zazen mat everything is contained. Just sit down and look inside. You don’t have to follow anybody, you don’t have to recite any sutra. You don’t even have to remember anything outside you. Just be a pillar of remembrance: sammasati.

You are not going to become buddhas; you are buddhas, you simply don’t accept it. Once in a while you accept.

People write me letters, “When in front of you, it seems to be that really I am a buddha. But when I go out and see the rickshaw wallahs, I forget all about the buddha, and I start haggling about the price.”

“In your presence,” people have been writing to me, “we feel perfect.” You are perfect. Just in my presence you become aware of it. Because I go on beating on your head that you are a buddha, finally, just being tired, you accept – “Okay, I am a buddha.” But outside the gate you think it is still time, you can go to a movie.

Buddhas don’t go to a movie.

It happened once:

One friend was driving me in Bombay, and just as a joke he stopped his car and he asked me, “Would you like to come into the bistro?”

I said, “Perfectly right.”

He was not hoping that…he became afraid. He said, “No, no, I was just…”

I said, “No. Just come on behind me.” The poor fellow had to come. And when they saw me, many people recognized me. The naked girl who was dancing, touched my feet. I said, “Don’t stop the dance.”

The manager came with a special seat for me to sit. He said, “What can I do?”

I said, “Why make so much fuss about it? I am just an ordinary buddha. Just bring ice cream.”

My friend was perspiring in the air-conditioned place. When we went out, he said, “I am never going to drive you anywhere.”

From Osho, The Zen Manifesto: Freedom from Oneself, Chapter 4

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