Osho’s extraordinary talks on Zen are recognized works of genius, studied in Zen monasteries and universities and throughout the world. His inspiring books cover everything from the wisdom of the world’s mystics to answers to intensely personal questions about meditation and the inner search. His unique authenticity touches the reader in a way no other can.
Self-transformation, explains Osho, can only happen when we make a conscious jump from mind to no-mind, from the ego to our inner being. The Zen stories he comments on in this book are about real people to whom this has happened. Osho’s twenty-first century Zen technique is to speak on these stories in such a way that we are transported from the head to the heart, and then from the heart to silence.
Chapter 1 : No-Mind Is the Buddha
Chapter 2 : Listen to the Message of the Rain
Chapter 3 : A Master in Your Own Right
Chapter 4 : Zen Is as Simple as the Taste of Tea
Chapter 5 : Can a Circle Be More Circular?
Chapter 6 : Enough unto Yourself
Chapter 7 : One Cannot Have a Problem
Chapter 8 : Feel the Silent River
Chapter 9 : Zazen: Just Being
Chapter 10 : Compassion Can Only Be Unlimited
Chapter 11 : Words Don’t Answer; Only Silence Does
Chapter 12 : The Buddha Is in the Paper Bag
Chapter 13 : You Cannot See with Your Ears
Chapter 14 : Mind with a Small m
Chapter 15 : Can We Celebrate Now?
There are things which mind is naturally incapable of understanding. The mind has limitations, but our ego does not want to accept the limitations of the mind.
Every sense has its own limitation. You cannot see with your ears and you cannot hear with your eyes. In the same way, you can see objects with the mind but you cannot see the beyond, the formless with the mind. To the mind it will look absurd – just as light is absurd to the blind man, to the deaf no music exists in the world. Those who have become too much identified with the mind – and unfortunately all the civilizations and cultures that have existed in the world have enforced and reinforced the mind…
Zen is alone and unique. It points beyond the mind. So remember not to try to understand rationally, intelligently. Only in deep meditation and silence will you be able to feel the significance of these small anecdotes. They have something hidden in them, but it is not possible for the mind to figure it out.
Put the mind aside, and suddenly you can see the truth which mind was blocking. As far as Zen is concerned, mind is a block to reality. Except mind, nobody is hindering you declaring your buddhahood this very moment.