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The Empty Boat: Encounters with Nothingness (OSHO Classics) [Kindle Edition]

Osho , Osho International Foundation
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Talks on the Stories of Chuang Tzu. OSHO revitalises the 300-year-old Taoist message of self-realization through the stories of the Chinese mystic, Chuang Tzu. He speaks about the state of egolessness, "the empty boat"; spontaneity, dreams and wholeness; living life choicelessly and meeting death with the same equanimity . Available in a beautiful new edition, this series overflows with the wisdom of one who has realized the state of egolessness himself.


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You have come to me. You have taken a dangerous step. It is a risk because near me you can be lost forever. To come closer will mean death and cannot mean anything else. I am just like an abyss. Come closer to me and you will fall into me. And for this, the invitation has been given to you. You have heard it and you have come.

Be aware that through me you are not going to gain anything. Through me you can only lose all – because unless you are lost, the divine cannot happen; unless you disap¬pear totally, the real cannot arise. You are the barrier.
And you are so much, so stubbornly much, you are so filled with yourself that nothing can penetrate you. Your doors are closed. When you disappear, when you are not, the doors open. Then you become just like the vast, infinite sky.
That is your nature. That is Tao.

Before I enter into Chuang Tzu’s beautiful parable of The Empty Boat, I would like to tell you one other story, because that will set the trend for this meditation camp which you are entering.

I have heard …
It happened once, in some ancient time, in some unknown country, that a prince suddenly went mad. The king was desperate – the prince was the only son, the only heir to the kingdom. All the magicians were called, miracle makers, medical men were summoned, every effort was made, but in vain. Nobody could help the young prince, he remained mad.

The day he went crazy he threw off his clothes, became naked, and started to live under a big table. He thought that he had become a rooster. Ultimately the king had to accept the fact that the prince could not be reclaimed. He had gone insane permanently; all the experts had failed.

But one day, again hope dawned. One sage, a Sufi, a mystic, knocked on the palace door and said, “Give me an opportunity to cure the prince.”
But the king felt suspicious, because this man looked crazy himself, more crazy than the prince. But the mystic said, “Only I can cure him. To cure a madman, a greater madman is needed. And your miracle makers, your medical experts, all have failed because they don’t know the ABC of madness. They have never traveled that path.”

It looked logical, and then the king thought, “There is no harm in it, why not try?” So the opportunity was given to him.

The moment the king said, “Okay, you try,” this mystic threw off his clothes, jumped under the table and crowed like a rooster.

The prince became suspicious, and he said, “Who are you? And what do you think you are doing?”

The old man said, “I am a rooster, more experienced than you. You are nothing, you are just a newcomer, at the most an apprentice.”

The prince said, “Then it is okay if you are also a rooster, but you look like a human being.”

The old man said, “Don’t go by appearances, look at my spirit, at my soul. I am a rooster like you.”

They became friends. They promised each other that they would always live together – and the whole world was against them.

A few days passed. One day the old man suddenly started dressing. He put on his shirt. The prince said, “What are you doing, have you gone crazy, a rooster trying to put on human dress?”

The old man said, “I am just trying to deceive these fools, these human beings. And remember, even if I am dressed, nothing is changed. My roosterness remains, nobody can change it. Just by dressing like a human being do you think I am changed?” The prince had to concede.

A few days afterwards the old man persuaded the prince to dress because winter was coming, and it was becoming so cold.

Then one day suddenly, he ordered food from the palace. The prince became very alert and said, “Wretch, what do you mean? Are you going to eat like those human beings, like them? We are roosters and we have to eat like roosters.”
The old man said, “Nothing makes any difference as far as this rooster is concerned. You can eat anything and you can enjoy everything. You can live like a human being and remain true to your roosterness.”

By and by the old man persuaded the prince to come back to the world of humanity. He became absolutely normal.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Challenging, Very Rewarding February 9, 2013
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I really, really love this book. It goes against all conventional wisdom for how to live one's life, but is directly in line with the teachings of Taoism, as well as the feelings that have forever dwelled within my own heart. In a world that constantly pounds into our heads the need to be somebody, Osho teaches us of the importance of being nobody. In a world that constantly tells us we need to accomplish things, Osho teaches us that accomplishing things is worthless. In a world that encourages us to be proud of our achievements, Osho teaches that our achievements don't mean anything.

Instead, Osho informs us that it is our essence that matters. Who we are at core is what matters, not what we do. When doing comes out of being, there is no conflict. There is no need to seek reward because the reward is in the action itself. Instead of moving toward goals and planning out our lives in such a way that can lead to "success," Osho says that the real joy of living comes through being spontaneous, and through having no expectations. "All that is great, all that is beautiful, all that is true and real," he says, "is always spontaneous. You cannot plan it.... Do the trees plan how to grow, how to mature, how to come to flower? They simply grow without even being conscious of the growth" (80-81).

To be an empty boat means to be free of ego, free of the need to prove oneself, free of the need to be somebody, free of the fear of being nobody, free of the need to win, free of the fear of losing. It means being free to put everything you are into what you do without any attachment to results.

What I like about Osho is that he is uncompromising. He doesn't let you feel good about yourself.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is awsome! November 8, 2011
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Actually I'm the reader from Asian country, and I've known OSHO for almost 4years, reading so many books written by him in my language, but it didn't really come to me. This book, however, makes me full understanding of what he tried to say in this book. And What I want to say in this review is just simple. Read it, and you will know what I'm talking about. There is something above the words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I don't remember how I found this book but this was the Absolute best book I have ever read in my life.
I bought 20 books and gave them to my best friends, therapist and business partners. They all love this book.

It taught me about my silliness. I taught me how the world works. I taught me the wisdom.
It taught me how we fight and argue and that is so meaningless.
It taught me what ego means.

Every single sentence in this book is really eye-opening to me.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Understanding Daoism October 4, 2012
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I've been a Daoist for forty years and have read most of what is available on the topic. This is the finest book on Chang Tzu's parables and on Daoism ever. For anyone interested in deeper understanding of Dao, don't hesitate to order this book. Osho's clarity of interpretation excels. His conversational style is very readable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book April 30, 2013
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Good preview in the working of the mind..... a bit difficult to put in practice.

Given the controversial life Osho, there are things with resonated and some of them which felt completely out of whack.

interpretations of the verses are elaborate. Communication style is pretty direct, sometimes feels a bit narcissistic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book! Helped a lot of people around me October 6, 2011
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I love this book and how Osho wrote it in an easy way for people to understand. I buy 10 copies or so sometimes and give to my friends and co-workers. I often hear from them that it helped a lot for their lives. I am thankful.
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Osho, known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, continues to inspire millions of people worldwide in their search to define a new approach to individual spirituality that is self-directed and responsive to the everyday challenges of contemporary life. The Sunday Times of London named him one of the '1,000 Makers of the Twentieth Century,' and novelist Tom Robbins called him 'the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ.' For more information about Osho and his work, please visit osho.com.


Osho's teachings defy categorization, covering everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing individuals and society today.

His unique "Osho Active Meditations" are designed to first release the accumulated stresses of body and mind, so that it is easier to experience the thought-free and relaxed state of meditation. (Meditation -The First and Last Freedom, by Osho)

About his own work Osho has said that he is helping to create the conditions for the birth of a new kind of human being. He has often characterized this new human being as "Zorba the Buddha" -- capable both of enjoying the earthy pleasures of a Zorba the Greek and the silent serenity of a Gautam Buddha.

Running like a thread through all aspects of Osho's work is a vision that encompasses both the timeless wisdom of the East and the highest potential of Western science and technology.

Osho has been described by the Sunday Times in London as one of the "1000 Makers of the 20th Century" and by American author Tom Robbins as "the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ."

Biographical:
Autobiography of a Spiritually Incorrect Mystic, ST. MARTIN'S Press, New York, available in multiple languages.


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