"It is easy to convert somebody to a system of belief; it is very difficult to convince somebody to be free of all beliefs, because you are destroying all possibilities of creating hallucinations.
But this is the function of the authentic man."
“Experience life in all possible ways --
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light,
summer-winter. Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience, because
the more experience you have, the more
mature you become.”
Osho's profound, stimulating and highly original commentaries uncover the hidden mysteries behind these exquisite exchanges between Zen masters and the people around them –their meaning and significance become crystal clear. Each is followed by Osho's answers to the many questions facing seekers as they explore their own inner worlds in his presence. He is merciless, yet compassionate and humorous as he exposes people's illusions, delusions and hypocrisies. Like the Zen masters in these stories, he provokes the reader into a direct experience of the present moment
#1: Left Brain, Right Brain, Inner Conflict
#2: The Meaning of Maturity
#3: The Halo of Yakushi-buddha
#4: Be a Light Unto Yourself
#5: The Ultimate Secrets of Swordsmanship
#6: Madmen and Devotees
#7: The Proper State of Mind
#8: Life, Death, and Love
#9: You Have My Marrow
Excerpt from: Ancient Music in the Pines, Chapter 1
"Zen is the way of the spontaneous–the effortless effort, the way of intuition. A Zen master, Ikkyu, a great poet, has said: 'I can see clouds a thousand miles away, hear ancient music in the pines.' This is what Zen is all about. You cannot see clouds a thousand miles away with the logical mind. The logical mind is like glass, too dirty, too covered with the dust of ideas, theories, doctrines; but you can see clouds a thousand miles away with the pure glass of intuition–with no thoughts, just pure awareness–the mirror is clean and the clarity supreme.
"You cannot hear ancient music in the pines with the ordinary logical mind. How can you hear the ancient music? Music once gone is gone forever, but I tell you, Ikkyu is right: you can hear ancient music in the pines–I have heard it–but a shift, a total change, a change of gestalt, is needed. Then you can see Buddha preaching again, and you can hear Buddha speaking again. You can hear the ancient music in the pines because it is eternal music, it is never lost–you have lost the capacity to hear it. The music is eternal; once you regain your capacity, suddenly it is there again. It has always been there, only you were not there. Be here now and you can also see clouds a thousand miles away, and hear ancient music in the pines.
"Change more and more toward the right hemisphere, become more and more feminine; more and more loving, surrendering, trusting; more and more closer to the whole. Don't try to be an island–become part of the continent." Osho
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:
zen… ikkyu… meditation… bodhidharma… zen masters… einstein… memory… trust… silence…mind…