***Transcription from Genjo Osho’s Dharma talk on 1/5/15***
Please open the Chobo-ji Sutra book to page 81 and also page 83. I want us to read from the end of the Diamond Sutra, which is one of the core sutras or scriptures in the Mahayana Buddhist tradition. The Diamond Sutra is a long dialog between Sariputra and the historical Buddha, also known as the Tathágata. The Historical Buddha was a human being who broke through his attachment to his own ego identity. In doing so he saw beyond his sense of a separated identity and came to the following conclusion:
Who sees Me by Form,
Who seeks Me by Sound,
Wrongly turned are his footsteps on
For he cannot perceive the
In other words, the Tathágata… the Awakened Mind is not something that can be perceived by form, or sound, or touch, or any sense organ. The Capital “M” Mind is not something that you can grasp, hold onto or point to. And when we break through our own shell of attachment to our sense of separate identity, we open up, sometimes quite suddenly, to an awakened broad perspective that we call Mind or awareness. This Mind doesn’t have a focal point, a location or a form.
It’s a quality of the universe much like you could say gravity is a quality of the universe. You can’t have a universe without gravity, and gravity is not the whole universe. But there is this quality of what we call universe and that’s called gravity. We can think of “Mind,” in the same way. It just is and it’s everywhere, not attached to any point. And it’s not something that you can grasp or hold. You can feel It, but you can’t hold on to it… you can’t even point to It.
So what do you realize, when you break through to this kind of mind? (Genjo Osho reads from Page 83 of the Chobo-ji Sutra book)
“So I tell you:
All composite things
Are like a dream, a fantasy,
a bubble and a shadow,
Are like a dewdrop and
a flash of lightning.
They are thus to be regarded.