Talks on Zen Buddhism
In these delightful and playful talks, available for the first time in one volume, Osho introduces the mystery, the wonder, and the emptiness that is Zen. He uses the poetry of one of the most outrageous Zen masters, Ikkyu, to show the ways and methods a Zen master uses to permanently transform, rather than simply inform.
Osho and Ikkyu’s whole message is about how to experience the essence of emptiness: that blissful state of no-mind where all old conditionings are gone and man is free just to be himself. As Osho speaks of Ikkyu, and answers people’s questions, he is also speaking of himself. As he speaks of who Ikkyu is, he is revealing more about himself.
These talks can change the life of anyone who has an open mind. Osho’s words are a fire that burns away old enslaving concepts, and fears that have constricted people’s lives for millenia. He gives a fresh, new understanding of himself, and shows how each person can find the way to light his own path.
Chapter 1: The Essence of Emptiness
Chapter 2: Death in the Ego Is Life in Love
Chapter 3: All Is Happening Now
Chapter 4: Live Dangerously!
Chapter 5: …and We Are in Love
Chapter 6: A Good Kick in the Pants
Chapter 7: Allow Reality to Reveal Itself
Chapter 8: Great Trust in Life
Chapter 9: Zen: A Transfer of Consciousness
Chapter 10: Only Man Is Capable of Boredom
Chapter 11: The Opening of Your Inner Core
Chapter 12: Out of Emptiness, Fullness is Born
Chapter 13: Religion Is Rebellion
Chapter 14: Becoming Is the Most Impossible Thing
Chapter 15: Existence Is Made of the Stuff Called Love
Chapter 16: It Ain’t Easy!
Chapter 17: The Law of Buddhas
Chapter 18: The Flight of the Alone to the Alone
Chapter 19: Coming Close to Emptiness
Chapter 20: Seeking: The Source of All Tensions
Chapter 21: Choicelessness Brings You to the Whole
Chapter 22: Search for Your Own Path
Chapter 23: Breakfast Is More Important than Paradise
Chapter 24: Free from the Self Itself
Chapter 25: Waiting for a Sweet One
Chapter 26: A Way of Life
Chapter 27: Existence Is a Festival
The purpose of the buddhas is not to inform you but to transform you. They want to bring a radical change in your consciousness, they want to change your very roots. They want to bring new eyes to you, new clarity. Their purpose is not to inform. They are not there to transfer some knowledge but to transplant some being. They want to share their light with you – the purpose is not to inform but to enlighten.
Hence they don’t bother what your question is. Their answers may sometimes look very irrelevant, absurd. They are not – but they have a totally different kind of relevancy. They are relevant to you, not to your question.
Now, this monk asks Master Pai-Chang, “Who is the Buddha?” And Pai-Chang answers, “Who are you?”
See the point: he is turning the whole question into a totally new dimension. He is not answering, in fact he is giving a deeper question than the monk had asked – he is answering with another question. “Who is the Buddha?” – the answer is easy, he could have said, “Gautam Siddhartha.” But that is irrelevant; he is not interested in the history of thought, he is not interested in history at all. He is not concerned with a certain man called Gautam Buddha, he is more concerned with a certain awakening that can happen in everybody. That is real buddhahood.
He turns the question towards the questioner himself. He makes a sword out of the question and pierces the very heart. He says: “Who are you?” Don’t ask me about buddhas, just ask one question: “Who am I?” and you will know who the buddha is – because everyone is carrying the potential of being a buddha; there is no need to look outside yourself.
Lao Tzu says: To find truth, one need not go out of his room. One need not even open the door, one need not even open his eyes – because truth is your being. To know it is buddhahood.
Remember it: the statements of Zen masters are not statements in the ordinary use of the word. They are not to convey something that you don’t know. They are to shock you, provoke you, into a new quality of consciousness.