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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (September 12, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312320493
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312320492
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #766,017 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for Osho: "[Osho's] position as an important mystic and philosopher is supported by an international following and host of publications. His work is that of all great religious leaders--bringing God to man...Osho's lively appeal: jokes, limericks, verse and tales, combined with traditional religious themes."

About the Author

Osho is one of the most provocative and inspiring spiritual teachers of the twentieth century. Known for his revolutionary contribution to the science of inner transformation, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers of all ages in virtually every country of the world. He is the author of many books, including Love, Freedom, Aloneness; The Book of Secrets; and Innocence, Knowledge, and Wonder.

More About the Author

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.


Websites for more information:
http://www.OSHO.com
http://OSHO.com/resort
http://OSHO.com/magazine
http://OSHO.com/shop
http://www.youtube.com/OSHO
http://www.oshobytes.blogspot.com
http://www.Twitter.com/OSHOtimes
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Baz on January 17, 2008
Format: Paperback
I'm ashamed to admit that my bookshelves are groaning with books about Zen, some good, some not so good. Yet this is that book I come back to for a 'refresher'. Osho always succeeds in attempting the impossible - trying to explain the inexplicable - in simple, beautiful, often poetic, often uncompromising but compassionate language, whether in the Insights For Living series, or here speaking about Zen (all Osho's books are transcribed from talks). I come away from reading Osho feeling as if I've just had a good mental hose down, getting rid of all the accumulated, caked on dross of living in an insane world.

"Don't seek, don't search, don't ask, don't knock, don't demand - relax. If you relax, it comes. If you relax, it is there. If you relax, you start vibrating with it" p 37.

Despite some bad press, Osho was a truly great teacher, and this is one of only a handful of indispensible books on Zen. If I had to choose just one, this would be it.

[Kudos too to St Martins Press. All the books by Osho (St Martins Griffin) are a joy to read - just the right size, stay open on the page and are beautifully produced.]
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18 of 23 people found the following review helpful By ANTONIO LUIS GOMEZ on August 27, 2005
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It is a good book and it is about Osho's favourite concept, Zen. In fact he talks about the same subject in all the books I have read until now (five in total)so I think he does it a lot better in "Joy" or in "Awareness" for instance. What puts me off though is how being ignorant of so many things he speaks with such an authority about EVERYTHING. One example, he says the Japanese has a word "kokoro" that means nothingness. And it is nothing about that, "kokoro" means heart (the feelings) or even mind. He says, probably not in this book but in one of the above mentioned, that during zazen, someone hits you "on the head" if you doze. No, man, it is not on the head, it is between the shoulders.

He gets the meaning of Zen right, so probably it is not such a bit deal, but he says a lot of silly things too.

Perfectly Zen, maybe.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lori on February 1, 2012
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This is a great book...a book you read...make notes...underline..re-read....buy for loved ones...hopefully they read...make notes..underline..re-read and they buy for loved ones..and so on.....thanks OSHO
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sharad Yadav on June 10, 2009
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Yet another outstanding book from Osho! Zen is a very abstract and complex topic. Most contemporary books on this topic have a steep learning curve that make Zen feel like an elusive concept that seems near, but far at the same time (rightfully dubbed as the Paradox). This small book explains Zen in very simple words. It will make you wonder if something as abstract as Zen can be explained so easily. This book will not teach you how to get there, but it will explain what to expect when you get there and why is it so important to get there.

The lucidity of the prose is striking and is interspersed with little stories and anecdotes that add a touch a humor (so very missing in other books on this complex and paradoxical topic). All in all this is a terrific read, that'll launch you into Zen with a real hope of touching and experiencing the paradox.
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