Talks on Prajnaparamita Hridayam Sutra of Gautama the Buddha
This is a book about understanding nothingness, and attaining to emptiness – not usually thought of as an everyday topic – yet it succeeds in being both fascinating and relevant to daily life.
The Prajnaparamita Hridayam Sutra is the most important sutra in Buddhist literature; it is at the very heart of the Buddhist message, and is chanted daily by millions across the world. But to understand the meaning, to recognize and absorb the concepts it contains is challenging, as the sutra is so succinct, so elementally direct.
In illuminating the verses, Osho uses simple, straightforward language that encourages the reader to search within for his own understanding. Osho’s clarity, perception and humor enable him to bring the significance of Buddha’s message to this very moment, here today.
Osho lives the sutras, and offers the reader the possibility to do the same.
Chapter 1: The Buddha Within
Chapter 2: Surrender Is Understanding
Chapter 3: Negation of Knowledge
Chapter 4: Understanding: The Only Law
Chapter 5: The Fragrance of Nothingness
Chapter 6: Don’t Be Too Sane
Chapter 7: Full Emptiness
Chapter 8: The Path of Intelligence
Chapter 9: Gone, Gone, Gone Beyond!
Chapter 10: Truth Is a Presence
Nothingness is the fragrance of the beyond. It is the opening of the heart to the transcendental. It is the unfoldment of the one-thousand-petaled lotus. It is man’s destiny. Man is complete only when he has come to this fragrance, when he has come to this absolute nothingness inside his being, when this nothingness has spread all over him, when he is just a pure sky, unclouded.
This nothingness is what Buddha calls nirvana. First we have to understand what this nothingness actually is, because it is not just empty – it is full, it is overflowing. Never for a single moment think that nothingness is a negative state, an absence, no. Nothingness is simply no-thingness. Things disappear, only the ultimate substance remains. Forms disappear, only the formless remains. Definitions disappear, the undefined remains.
So nothingness is not as if there is nothing. It simply means there is no possibility of defining what is there. It is as if you move all the furniture from your house outside. Somebody comes in and he says, “Now, here is nothing.” He had seen the furniture before; now the furniture is missing and he says, “Here there is no longer anything. Nothing is.” His statement is valid only to a certain extent. In fact, when you remove the furniture, you simply remove obstructions in the space of the house. Now pure space exists, now nothing obstructs. Now there is no cloud roaming in the sky; it is just a sky. It is not just nothing, it is purity. It is not only absence, it is a presence.
Have you ever been in an absolutely empty house? You will find that emptiness has a presence; it is very tangible, you can almost touch it. That’s the beauty of a temple or a church or a mosque – pure nothing, just empty. When you go into a temple, what surrounds you is nothingness. It is empty of everything, but not just empty. In that emptiness something is present – but only present for those who can feel it, who are sensitive enough to feel it, who are aware enough to see it.
Those who can see only things will say, “What is there? Nothing.” Those who can see nothing will say, “All is here, because nothing is here.”