Another Teaching

“There is no person like God. There is nobody, there is pure emptiness. And only pure emptiness or nothingness is what I have been calling enlightenment.”  Osho

A wonderful Tibetan Buddhist monk named Tipten described how the driver of a small car was forced off the highway by a large truck. The driver in the small car thought the truck driver was a dangerous maniac who should be put in jail for his actions. Earlier that morning, at 4am, the truck driver had kissed his loving wife and child goodbye. After driving all day to earn a living, he became fatigued and for a moment, wasn’t paying attention to the road. When he changed lanes, he accidentally forced a car off the road. In his wife’s and child’s eyes, he’s a good, honest, and hard working man. In the eyes of the driver who was forced off the road, he should go to jail. Which is true? The Tibetan Buddhist teaching is that all situations are empty until we project our thoughts, emotions, and opinions upon them.

“If we are not empty, we become a block of matter.
We cannot breathe, we cannot think.
To be empty means to be alive, to breathe in and to breathe out.
We cannot be alive if we are not empty.
Emptiness is impermanence, it is change.
We should not complain about impermanence,
because without impermanence, nothing is possible.”  Thich Nhat Hanh

“The energy of the cosmos is surrounding you. All that is needed is a certain emptiness in you. So the emptiness is good; don’t fill it by beliefs, don’t fill it again by another kind of god, another philosophy, some existentialism. Don’t fill it. Leave it clean and fresh, and go deeper. Soon you will find from both sides, from outside and inside, a tremendous rush of energy, a tremendous rush of consciousness. Then you disappear, you are almost flooded with the cosmos. You are so small and the cosmos is so vast. You suddenly disappear into it, and that disappearance is the ultimate experience of enlightenment. Then you know you were neither an outsider, nor an insider; you are one with existence. Other than oneness with existence, nothing is going to help you. But that oneness is so easy, so obvious. Just a little relaxation, just a little turning in — not much effort, not much discipline, not much torture for yourself.”  Osho