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Zen: Zest, Zip, Zap and Zing

Hardbound

Responses to Questions

Living the Fire of Life

Osho devotes this series of talks to responding to seeker’s questions on a whole range of topics - innocence, freedom, love, sex, compassion and women. He also talks of his vision of India and his personal "philosia" - life, love and laughter.
While these talks were being given one of Osho’s beloved disciples died, Anand Vimalkirti, who attained enlightenment at the moment of his death. Osho speaks in this book on Vimalkirti’s life and death, encouraging those listening to accept, embrace and celebrate both of these existential phenomena of living and dying.

Reviews:

"Osho delivers his theses with humor and rhetoric brilliance, indeed complacent, but with an irony that actually enhances and exhilarates." Der Spiegel

Chapter   1: Zen: The Koan of Life
Chapter   2: Innocence: Lost and Found Again
Chapter   3: Sex, Love and Compassion: Seed, Flower and Fragrance
Chapter   4: Mind: An Expert Coward
Chapter   5: Freedom and Love: The Center and the Circumference
Chapter   6: Osho: Perfectly at Ease, Totally at Home
Chapter   7: The True Master: The Ultimate Rebel
Chapter   8: Women: Free of All the Chains
Chapter   9: India: A New Present for a New Future
Chapter 10: Here and Now: The Only Time, The Only Place
Chapter 11: Man: The Call of the Eternal
Chapter 12: Life: Let It Have It’s Dance
Chapter 13: Godliness: An Experience of Immense Joy
Chapter 14: The Child: Father to the Man
Chapter 15: The Philousia

Zen: The Quantum Leap

288 pages, Hardbound

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?

Zen: The Path of Paradox

Paperback, 192 pages

New edition, originally released as Osho on Zen - A stream of consciousness reader

A perfect introduction to the paradoxical world of Zen, and a companion text to the Meditations on Zen audiobook published by Audio Renaissance and also available for download in MP3 format on www.audible.com. In these commentaries on Zen anecdotes and stories, Osho leads the reader step by step through the mystery of the words into a deeper understanding of this unique approach to life. Concluding with a chapter of responses to questions, the text of the book has been selected from a series of talks originally called "Zen: The Path of Paradox." Introducing the book, Osho says: "Zen lives in the present. The whole teaching is how to be in the present - how to get out of the past, which is no more, and how not to get involved in the future which is not yet. And just to be rooted, centered, in that which is."

Reviews:

"Reading Osho on Zen is like a meditation in and unto itself. You will throw off the accumulated ’knowing’ of a lifetime; let go of physical, mental and emotional tensions; relax into the flow of an extraordinary discourse; and become silent. As you do this you will be receptive to the present moment and the potential therein."

Zen, The Solitary Bird Cuckoo of the Forest

Hardbound, 312 pages

Osho’s extraordinary talks on Zen are recognized works of genius, studied in Zen monasteries and universities 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.
In this book Osho tears down the very idea that there is a path to follow. There is only “the way of the birds,” flying freely in the open sky. Commenting on Zen stories and the simple beauty and acuity of Zen poetry, Osho invites the reader to turn in and experience their own silence within, where Zen is no longer a set of ideas or practices, but a state of being.

Chapter Titles

Chapter 1: The Way of the Birds
Chapter 2: Tearing Down, Breaking Up
Chapter 3: Don’t Wobble
Chapter 4: Such a Moon
Chapter 5: A Very Dangerous Place
Chapter 6: This Rackety Town
Chapter 7: Fences, Walls and Broken Tiles
Chapter 8: Listen Carefully!
Chapter 9: No Words, No Mind, and You Are In
Chapter 10: Be at the Center
Chapter 11: Meditation Has No Gate
Chapter 12: Behind Those Reflecting Eyes
Chapter 13: The Price of Rice
Chapter 14: Kwatz!
Chapter 15: The House Where Nobody Lives

ZEN - Its History and Teachings+CD

Paperback, 144 pages, incl. Cd

Only once in the history of human consciousness, says Osho, has a thing like Zen come into being. In Zen: Its History and Teachings, the noted mystic explains that Zen has no rituals, no chanting, no mantras, no scriptures — only short, evocative parables and teachings that make it ideal for the modern seeker. Using his characteristic humorous, encouraging style, Osho guides readers through the origins and development of this seminal spiritual tradition that is neither religion nor dogma nor creed. He provides a context for those who have not been born into the Zen tradition, introducing them to its timeless approach to existence. The book argues that the only preparation for fully experiencing Zen’s power is meditative awareness, and Osho presents simple techniques to achieve this awareness. Stunning color photographs throughout offer further inspiration and illumination.

Zarathustra- The Laughing Prophet

Hardbound, 356 pages

On Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra 

“Man doesn’t end with himself; he is a growth. Man is a becoming, a growing, a continuous transcendence. Friedrich Nietzsche has said, ‘That day will be the most unfortunate day when man will not aspire to become higher, when man will not aspire to transcend himself. That day will be the most unfortunate when the arrow of man’s desire will not be moving higher than man, when there will be no target to reach, when man will be confined, closed in himself. That day will be the most unfortunate day.’” 
Osho, The Beloved, Vol.2

Nietzsche’s creative genius sought out a great master from the past and he wrote of Zarathustra in a way that enabled him to project all his longing, his vision, and all of his yearning to break out of a life that had become an intolerable prison for him. 

In these talks on Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra, Osho is indicating where Nietzsche’s vision came close to the truth and where it fell short. Osho says that had Nietzsche been exposed to the mystical traditions of the East he could have become enlightened. 

“Zarathustra brings a total revolution in the concept of God and religion. Now religion is no longer a worship or a belief; now religion becomes the greatest creative act of man. Now religion is not what enslaves man, imprisons his spirit. In Zarathustra’s hands religion becomes the art of shattering all the chains, destroying all the hindrances, so that human consciousness can become divine consciousness…”



Chapter Titles

  • Preface 
  • Chapter 1: Of the Famous Philosophers 
  • Chapter 2: Of Self-Overcoming 
  • Chapter 3: Of Scholars 
  • Chapter 4: Of Poets 
  • Chapter 5: Of Redemption 
  • Chapter 6: Of Manly Prudence 
  • Chapter 7: Of the Stillest Hour 
  • Chapter 8: The Wanderer 
  • Chapter 9: Of Blissful Islands 
  • Chapter 10: Before Sunrise 
  • Chapter 11: Of the Virtue That Makes Small 
  • Chapter 12: Of the Apostates 
  • Chapter 13: The Home-Coming 
  • Chapter 14: Of the Three Evil Things 
  • Chapter 15: Of the Spirit of Gravity Part 1 
  • Chapter 16: Of the Spirit of Gravity Part 2 
  • Chapter 17: Of Old and New Law-Tables Part 1 
  • Chapter 18: Of Old and New Law-Tables Part 2 
  • Chapter 19: Of Old and New Law-Tables Part 3 
  • Chapter 20: The Convalescent 
  • Chapter 21: Of the Meeting with a Higher Man 
  • Chapter 22: The Greeting 
  • Chapter 23: Of Laughter and Dance
  • Zarathustra- A God that can Dance

    Hardbound, 368 Pages

    In this commentary on Friedrich Nietzsche’s Thus Spake Zarathustra, Osho unravels the mystery of man’s three metamorphoses – from camel to lion to child. And in setting the record straight about the meaning of Nietzsche’s concept of the superman, shows us how we ourselves can become the new man.

    Zarathustra, through Osho’s eyes, is first and foremost a human being who can laugh and shed tears just like the rest of us. Zarathustra is speaking as if to a friend, sorting methodically through the ins and outs on the path of truth, giving each aspect a thorough and single-pointed attention. Each of Osho’s talks thus becomes a lesson on a very specific theme, and each theme is a step deeper into the journey toward becoming “a god that can dance” – a person who dares to shed all the bondages of false virtues and values, and dance in innocence and joy with each moment of life.

    Chapter Titles 
    Chapter 1: Prologue Part 1
    Chapter 2: Prologue Part 2
    Chapter 3: Prologue Part 3
    Chapter 4: Prologue Part 4
    Chapter 5: Prologue Part 5
    Chapter 6: Prologue Part 6
    Chapter 7: Of the Three Metamorphoses
    Chapter 8: Of the Despisers of the Body, and the Joys and the Passions
    Chapter 9: Of Life and Love and of War and Warriors
    Chapter 10: Of the New Idol and of the Flies of the Marketplace
    Chapter 11: Of the Friend
    Chapter 12: Of the Thousand and One Goals
    Chapter 13: Of Love of One’s Neighbor
    Chapter 14: Of the Way of the Creator
    Chapter 15: Of Justice
    Chapter 16: Of Voluntary Death
    Chapter 17: Of the Bestowing Virtue, Part 1
    Chapter 18: Of the Bestowing Virtue, Part 2
    Chapter 19: Of the Bestowing Virtue, Part 3
    Chapter 20: On the Blissful Islands
    Chapter 21: Of the Compassionate
    Chapter 22: Of the Priests
    Chapter 23: The Night Song

    Excerpt from Zarathustra: A God That Can Dance, Chapter 1

    Friedrich Nietzsche is perhaps the greatest philosopher the world has known. He is also great in another dimension which many philosophers are simply unaware of: he is a born mystic.

    His philosophy is not only of the mind but is rooted deep in the heart, and some roots even reach to his very being. The only thing unfortunate about him is, that he was born in the West; hence, he could never come across any mystery school. He contemplated deeply, but he was absolutely unaware about meditation. His thoughts sometimes have the depth of a meditator, sometimes the flight of a Gautam Buddha; but these things seem to have happened spontaneously to him.

    He knew nothing about the ways of enlightenment, about the path that reaches to one’s own being. This created a tremendous turmoil in his being. His dreams go as high as the stars but his life remained very ordinary – it does not have the aura that meditation creates. His thoughts are not his blood, his bones, his marrow. They are beautiful, immensely beautiful, but something is missing; and what is missing is life itself. They are dead words; they don’t breathe – there is no heartbeat.

    But I have chosen to speak on him for a special reason: he is the only philosopher, from East or West, who has at least thought of the heights of human consciousness. He may not have experienced them; he certainly has not experienced them. He also thought of becoming a man again. That idea, of descending from your heights into the marketplace, descending from the stars to the earth, has never happened to anybody else.

    He has something of Gautam Buddha, perhaps unconsciously carried over from his past lives, and he has something of the Zorba. Both are incomplete. But he is the only proof that Buddha and Zorba can meet; that those who have reached to the highest peaks need not remain there.

    In fact, they should not remain there. They owe something to humanity; they owe something to the earth. They have been born amongst human beings; they have lived in the same darkness and in the same misery. And now that they have seen the light, it becomes obligatory that they should come back to wake up those who are fast asleep; to bring the good news – that darkness is not all, that unconsciousness is our choice.

    If we choose to be conscious, all unconsciousness and all darkness can disappear. It is our choice that we are living in the dark valleys. If we decide to live on the sunlit peaks, nobody can prevent us because that is also our potential.

    But the people who have reached to the sunlit peaks completely forget about the world they are coming from. Gautam Buddha never descended. Mahavira never descended. Even if they have made efforts for humanity to wake up, they have shouted from their sunlit peaks.

    Man is so deaf, so blind that it is almost impossible for him to understand people who are talking from higher stages of consciousness. He hears the noise but it does not bring any meaning to him.

    Nietzsche is unique in this sense. He could have remained an extraordinary, very superhuman philosopher, but he never forgets for a single moment the ordinary human being. It is his greatness. Although he has not touched the highest peaks, and he has not known the greatest mysteries, whatsoever he has known, he is longing to share with his fellow human beings. His desire to share is tremendous.

    I have chosen to speak on a few fragments which may be helpful to you, for your spiritual growth. Nietzsche himself had chosen Zarathustra to be his spokesman. Something about Zarathustra has also to be understood. Amongst thousands of great mystics, philosophers, enlightened people, Nietzsche has chosen as his spokesman, a very unknown person, almost forgotten to the world – Zarathustra.
     

    Yoga: The Science of the Soul

    Hardbound. / 313 pages

    A selection of five talks from the classic ten-volume series illuminating Patanjali’s yoga sutras, plus selected responses to questions.

    Much of what is known today as yoga emphasizes physical postures and exercises to increase flexibility and help relaxation. But, in fact, yoga has its roots in the understanding of human consciousness and its potential, which was developed over centuries of rigorous investigation and research in the East.
    In Yoga Osho explains the meaning of some of the most important Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, an early "scientist of the soul" who is credited with being the father of Raja Yoga, or the "royal path" of yoga. Raja Yoga uses physicl postures and breath primarily as a means to achieve higher states of consciousness. Here is a fresh translation of these ancient texts, and Osho’s unique insights into the modern mind and its psychology. Patanjali comes to life on these pages with an approach to using yoga for greater self-understanding that is absolutely relevant to our times.

    This book is an invaluable resource for either beginning or experienced yoga practitioners, and for anyone who seeks a better understandin of the intricate and powerful relationship that exists between body and mind.

    Chapter 1: Now the Discipline of Yoga

    Now the discipline of yoga.
    Yoga is the cessation of mind.
    Then the witness is established in itself.
    In the other states there is identification with the modifications of the mind.

    Chapter 2: The Five Modifications of the Mind

    The modifications of the mind are five. They can be either a source of anguish or of nonanguish.
    They are right knowledge, wrong knowledge, imagination, sleep, and memory.

    Chapter 3: Constant Effort Is the Key

    The first state of vairagya, desirelessness - cessation from self-indulgence in the thirst for sensuous pleasures, with conscious effort.
    The last state of vairagya, desirelessness - cessation of all desiring by knowing the innermost nature of purusha, the supreme self.

    Chapter 4: The Eight Steps

    By practicing the different steps of yoga for the destruction of impority, there arises spiritual illumination that develops into awareness of reality. The eight steps of yoga are: self-restraint, fixed observance, posture, breath regulation, abstration, concentration, contemplation, and trance.

    Chapter 5:Posture and Breath

    Posture should be steady and comfortable.
    Posture is meastered by relaxation of effort and meditation on the unlimited.
    When posture is mastered, there is a cessatikon of the disturbances caused by dualities.
    The next step after the perfection of posture is breath control, which is accomplished through holding the breath on inhalation and exhalation or stopping the breath suddenly.
    The duration and frequency of the controlled breaths are conditioned by time and place, and they become more prolonged and subtle.
    There is a fourth sphere of breath control, which is internal, and it goes beyond the other three.

    Chapter 6: Yoga in the Fast Lane
    Responses to questions

    Yaa-Hoo! The Mystic Rose

    Hardbound

    Responses to Questions

    In the presence of journalists from the German magazine, Bunte, Osho overturns the apple-cart of decorum, making fun of the Nazi regime and recounting some of his most outrageous jokes. He also creates one of his most powerful meditations, the Mystic Rose Meditation. This question-and-answer series is an existential illustration of a contemporary Zen master at work. An additional section of inspiring photographs and touchingly intimate interviews make this book quite simply irresistible.
    "This [Mystic Rose] is absolutely my meditation. I have invented many meditations, but perhaps this will be the most essential and fundamental one. It can take over the whole world. If you cry and weep without any reason, just as an exercise, a meditation nobody will believe it.
    "Tears have never been accepted as meditation. And I tell you, they are not only a meditation, they are a medicine also. All that this world needs is a good cleansing of the heart of all the inhibitions of the past. And laughter and tears can do both. Tears will take out all the agony that is hidden inside you and laughter will take all that is preventing your ecstasy."

    Reviews.

    "Osho’s speech just flows. It’s not the ’what’ but the ’how’ that captures you."
    Bunte, Germany

    Chapter   1: I Am a Beginning and an End
    Chapter   2: Nowhere and Everywhere
    Chapter   3: Heart Is the Soil - Trust Is the Climate
    Chapter   4: Laugh and Drop the Past
    Chapter   5: Blindness and Following Are Synonymous
    Chapter   6: Let-Go - The Fundamental Principle
    Chapter   7: No Dialogue, No Monologue - Yaa-Hoo!
    Chapter   8: Our Longing Is for the Stars
    Chapter   9: Say Goodbye to Politics - Not to Science
    Chapter 10: That Flame Depends On You
    Chapter 11: These Creatures Are Found Everywhere
    Chapter 12: On the Flight Alone
    Chapter 13: Just Ordinary Friday
    Chapter 14: The Way Goes Through
    Chapter 15: Never Ask, "Who Am I?"
    Chapter 16: Helplessness: Another Name of Let-Go
    Chapter 17: A No-Return State of Affairs
    Chapter 18: Love the Only Freedom from Attachment
    Chapter 19: No "I," No "You" - Just a Mirror Reflecting
    Chapter 20: Just a Glimpse and the Work Is Done
    Chapter 21: I Have Come Again - The Storm Has Persuaded Me
    Chapter 22: My Experience Is of the Wordless
    Chapter 23: Enlightenment Without Bargaining
    Chapter 24: Saying Small Things with Big Words
    Chapter 25: A Great Surgery in the Right Hands
    Chapter 26: To Be Effortless Is Just to Be Spontaneous
    Chapter 27: Love Your Camel and Trust
    Chapter 28: The Art of Listening Is Enough
    Chapter 29: When Your Hands Are Empty…
    Chapter 30: Laughter and Tears - A Cleansing of the Heart

    Work is Love made visible

    Hardcover, 268 pages

    Translating an Enlightened Vision into Action

    “If you engage in any work with courage, there is no barrier to its success.” Osho

    In Work Is Love Made Visible Osho is talking about his work: its importance and value, the inner qualities that those interested in helping it succeed need to understand and to develop, and its day-to-day organization. These talks were given shortly after he had left his university post in order to share his vision for humanity with as many people as possible, and are addressed to the people who had recently started working with him. Osho discusses the profound personal issues that work brings up for everyone around hierarchy, power, responsibility, and the art of relating, demonstrating at the same time a supreme respect for each person’s individuality, dignity and freedom.
    He covers every practical area of his work, from the perils and practicalities of financial accounting to the importance of using the most up-to-date media available. Underpinning all of this is his understanding that unless humanity is prepared to walk through the fire of awareness and allow work itself to become a moment-by-moment tool for self-transformation, no one will ever derive any real benefit from working and no work will ultimately succeed.
    Osho outlines his blueprint for a new “anarchic institution” and says: “I do not intend to bind people by laws, rules or principles, because I am fighting against these very things.” Instead, his proposal is rooted in “a gathering of friends,” as it prepares the ground for a spiritual revolution – a total transformation for the individual and for the whole of society.

    Chapter 1: A Gathering of Friends
    Chapter 2: A New Vision of Sannyas
    Chapter 3: Work Will Bring Its Own Wealth
    Chapter 4: Collecting Friends, Not Funds
    Chapter 5: Four Things to Remember
    Chapter 6: An Organism Built on Foundations of Love
    Chapter 7: A World Center
    Chapter 8: The Art of Living in a Juicy and Blissful Way
    Chapter 9: A Collective Vision of Religion
    Chapter 10: The Art of Work as Meditation
    Chapter 11: Making Meditation Centers
    Chapter 12: Facing the Ego
    Chapter 13: Beyond Office Politics
    Chapter 14: Liquid Organization

    Vedanta: 7 Steps to Samadhi

    Hardbound

    Discourses on the Akshya Upanishad

    These seven steps to enlightenment are keys of wisdom, step-by-step instructions handed down from the unnamed ancient seers. In this series of nine discourses Osho discusses these timeless sutras from the Akshyupanishad, transforming their archaic language into the language and context of the 20th-century seeker.

    Reviews.

    "He was the most original thinker that India has produced: the most erudite, the most clear-headed and the most innovative. And in addition he had an inborn gift of words, spoken and written. The like of him we will not see for decades to come. He has to be judged as a thinker, and as a thinker he will be judged amongst the giants."
    Khushwant Singh, Former editor of The Times of India; author and historian