Now … Nivedano …
close your eyes,
feel as if your body is frozen,
and gather all your consciousness inwards,
deeper and deeper.
At the deepest point you are the buddha.
And this buddha
has to become your whole life.
All expressions, actions,
have to arise from this center.
This center is the center of transformation.
Every seeker has been searching for it
down the ages.
This is the ancient path.
On this path
thousands have become awakened.
There is no barrier except fear —
the fear of the unknown.
Just rush towards it without any fear —
it is your own being.
You are not going to meet anybody else
on the way …
there is no question of fear.
This moment, this evening,
is blessed by ten thousand buddhas
who have returned home.
Relax … let go …
die to the body,
to the mind,
so only a throbbing consciousness
is left behind.
That is you.
That is me.
That is the very essence of existence.
Just a small taste of this silence,
a little experience of this beauty,
of this truth,
and slowly slowly your whole life
will be transformed
without your even knowing.
will start expressing your buddhahood,
your love, your beauty.
Call all the buddhas back to life.
Sit down for a few moments …
collecting the immense experience,
making yourself sure of it,
that you have got it.
Because you have to live it.
I am not a philosopher.
And I am not a priest.
I am a man in tremendous love
with life and existence.
All that I want to share with you
is just to make you aware
that if I can become a buddha,
there is no reason why you cannot.
We have only different bodies
but we all have the same soul.
If my soul has become aflame,
that has given me the authority to say to you
that you can also become aflame.
And this fire is eternal.
Remember it in every action,
in every expression.
Remember not to behave in any way
which will be disgraceful to a buddha.
This small discipline will bring you
to the best qualities of your being,
to their flowering.
Yes, Beloved Master.
Can we celebrate ten thousand buddhas
and their evening?
Yes, Beloved Master.
Osho, Dogen, the Zen Master: A Search and a Fulfilment, Ch 7