Talks on Zen
In this particularly potent dose of Zen, Osho challenges the reader to know the “empty heart,” beyond thoughts, feelings, and sentiment – the door to eternity that exists within everyone. Using stories and haikus from past Zen masters, Osho reveals the relevance of Zen for the contemporary world. He separates Zen from all the religions in the world, stating that they are obsolete, whereas the Zen he is presenting is an alive phenomenon.
1: The Emptiness of the Heart
2: Twenty-Four Hours a Day
3: This Knowing Is a Transformation
4: Enter the Door of Anatta
5: In the Blink of an Eye
6: To Take up a Koan
7: From the Surface to the Center
8: The Man of Enlightened Freedom
One who is enchanted with the personality of a teacher may not become aware of the gaps in his theory, while those who are not enchanted will see only the gaps and not the fragments of truth. For his followers, Buddha is a buddha, an enlightened one – but for others he creates confusion because they see only the gaps. If you join all the gaps together it becomes destructive, but if you join all the fragments of truth together, it can become a foundation for your transformation.
Truth is bound to be fragmentary. It is so infinite that with a finite mind you can never get to the whole. And if you insist on trying to get to the whole, you will lose your mind, you will transcend your mind. But if you create a system, you will never lose your mind, because then your mind fills in the gaps. The system becomes neat and clean; it becomes impressive, rational, understandable, but never anything more. And something more is needed: the force, the energy to transform you. But that force can come only through fragmentary glimpses.
The mind creates so many systems, so many methods. It thinks, “If I drop out of the life I am leading, something deeper will be found.” This is absurd. But the mind goes on thinking that somewhere in Tibet, somewhere in Mount Meru, somewhere, the “real thing” must be happening. The heart is in conflict: How to go there? How to come in contact with the masters who are working there? The mind is always looking for something somewhere else, never for something here and now. The mind is never here. And each theory attracts people: “On Meru Mountain, the real thing is happening right now! Go there, be in contact with the masters there, and you will be transformed.”
Don’t be a victim to such things. Even if they have some basis, don’t fall for them. Someone may be telling you something that is real, but the reason for your attraction is wrong. The real is here and now; it is with you now. Just work on yourself. Even when one has gone to every Meru Mountain, one has to come back to oneself. Ultimately, one finds that Meru Mountain is here, Tibet is here: “Here, inside me. And I have been wandering and wandering everywhere.”
Osho, The Psychology of the Esoteric
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:
koan... freedom... zen... self... light... mysterious... control... bukko... bankei... daikaku...