A New Therapy Is Born – Therapy through Gibberish
Osho’s extraordinary and inspirational talks on Zen are recognized works of genius and are studied in universities and Zen monasteries throughout the world. He is the author of over 600 books covering everything from the wisdom of the world’s mystics to responding to intensely personal questions about every step of the inner search and the future of humanity.
In this potent little book, Osho leads us through the mysterious world of the ancient Zen masters. When illuminated by his words and silences, what at first look like insoluble riddles become playful leaps into meditation.
During this series Osho introduces his visionary OSHO No-Mind Meditative Therapy. To experience the no-mind of Zen, says Osho, first get rid of all the garbage and repressions that the mind is carrying. The cure: one hour of gibberish followed by one hour of silent sitting for a week.
“What I could say, I have said to you.
What I could not say, I have given to you.”
Chapter 1: Emptiness, Not Holiness
Chapter 2: Not Going Anywhere
Chapter 3: Zen and the Art of Pecking and Tapping
Chapter 4: Always Now and Here
Chapter 5: Signatures on Water
Chapter 6: Perfect the Circle, Pure the Sound
Chapter 7: Just Be
Chapter 8: The Voice of the Raindrops
Chapter 9: Three Pounds of Flax
Chapter 10: Nothing Is Better than Anything
Chapter 11: What’s in a Name?
Chapter 12: Let No Dust Settle
Chapter 13: The Great Death
Chapter 14: Beat the Drum
Chapter 15: Dragons Do Not Lie in Puddles
Chapter 16: Have You Had Your Dinner?
Chapter 17: Just Fall like a Bag of Rice
That is the greatest difference between all the religions on one side and Zen on the other side. All religions except Zen are dead. They have become fossilized theologies, systems, philosophies, doctrines, but they have forgotten the language of the trees. They have forgotten the silence in which even trees can be heard and understood. They have forgotten the joy that has to be natural and spontaneous to the heart of every living being.
The moment the experience becomes an explanation, an expression, it breathes no more; it is dead – and all over the world people are carrying dead doctrines.
I call Zen the only living religion because it is not a religion, but only a religiousness. It has no dogma, it does not depend on any founder. It has no past; in fact it has nothing to teach you. It is the strangest thing that has happened in the whole history of mankind – strangest because it enjoys in emptiness, it blossoms in nothingness. It is fulfilled in innocence, in not knowing. It does not discriminate between the mundane and the sacred. For Zen, all that is, is sacred.
Life is sacred whatever form, whatever shape.
Wherever there is something living and alive it is sacred.
Today we are beginning to discuss a few incidents in the long history of Zen – which are unique because no other religion exists on anecdotes. They are not holy scripture; they are simply incidents that have happened.
It is up to you.
If you understand them they can open your eyes and your heart. If you don’t understand them nothing else will ever be able to open your eyes and your heart. And what I am saying is categorical, absolute.
These small anecdotes in their very smallness just like dewdrops contain the whole secret of the ocean.
If you can understand the dewdrop there is no need to understand the ocean you have understood it.
Please be very silent and careful.
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:
zen… answer… pope… laughter… painting… attain… mirror… basho… setcho… tanka