Meeting An Unremarkable ‘Teacher’ Again
A Dharma friend passed me a book. Here is my revew of it… On the book ‘Meetings with Remarkable People’, unfortunately, it is, as experienced before, one of those books by Osho who misrepresents the Buddha. Not that all he writes is downright wrong, but he habitually mixes his inaccurate limited personal views with truth, which makes it hard for the undiscerning reader to sift fact from fiction.
For example, in the chapter on the Buddha, he describes him as so - ‘He does not care what you can understand, he cares only what the truth is. He says it without being worried whether you understand it or not.’ This is absolutely untrue. The Buddha is the most caring and skilful teacher ever, and ensures he delivers the Dharma appropriately to each person he encounters.
As another example, he describes the Buddha as so – ‘That’s why he does not talk about God, he does not talk about heaven, he does not talk about any future.’ This again is absolutely untrue. The Buddha is highly critical on delusional perceptions of ‘higher’ beings, including those who mistaken themselves to be almighty creator gods. An instance can be seen at http://thedailyenlightenment.com/2012/03/the-buddhas-victory-over-a-god-demon The Buddha also taught in detail on the many heavenly planes (and why they are limited in nature), and much about the future in terms of karmic consequences and the importance of practising the Dharma well now for a better tomorrow.
These are just some random misrepresentations spotted. Osho is also known to be of much controversy, as one of those new-age gurus who mixes and muddles religions at personal convenience to concoct a brew that misrepresents the original religions on the pretense of presenting the how they really are. Just reading a little of how he ‘rewrote’ the character of the Buddha was already enough to make me put the book down. It made me wonder how much more he misrepresents others written about in the book. He is already gone, but sadly, his books are still in the marketplace.
There is no safer avenue to learn about the Buddha than through the scriptures and well-learned Buddhist teachers. Even if alternative points of view are looked for, there would then be safe references to know if those encountered are accurate or not. It is good not to recommend anyone to read his books for the above reasons. This is why I hesitated taking the book, as the bad aftertaste from reading his other books remained clear in my mind.