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A Sudden Clash of Thunder
Talks on Zen Stories, Talks given from 11/08/76 am to 20/08/76 am, English Discourse series, 10 Chapters, Year published : 1977
A Sudden Clash of Thunder Content : Osho says that laughter is "the very essence of Zen." And though the theme of this series is meditation—watching, remaining alert and aware—as the only way to truth, Osho encourages us to, "be happy and meditation will follow." There is a wonderful chapter on laughter, Hotei the Laughing Buddha and enlightenment: "This is the whole effort of all the masters: to create a sudden clash of thunder so those who are fast asleep can be awakened." "Osho could keep his audience in thrall, knitting prescient anecdotes culled from various sources."
Ah, This!
Talks on Zen Stories, Talks given from 03/01/80 am to 10/01/80 am, English Discourse series, 8 Chapters, Year published : 1982
Ah, This! Content : Through delightfully zany anecdotes, Osho captures and conveys the spirit of Zen's enigmatic understanding of life. "Try to understand Zen through laughter, not through prayer," he suggests. "Zen is not a doctrine, not a dogma. It is growing into an insight. It is a vision -- very lighthearted, not serious at all." OSHO uses some of the best known Zen stories to illustrate the nature of enlightenment, meditation, love, knowledge and knowing, man's misplaced identification with his ego, and other issues very relevant today.
Ancient Music in the Pines
Talks on Zen Stories, Talks given from 21/02/76 am to 29/02/76 am, English Discourse series, 9 Chapters, Year published : 1977
Ancient Music in the Pines Content : Of the ultimate realization of Zen, Osho says, "Suddenly you become aware of a music that has always surrounded you... Your heart throbs in the same rhythm as the heart of the whole." This essential Zen reader is also about a number of other themes -- cowardice, boredom and restlessness, recognition and rejection, maturity and moving from the non-essential to the essential.
A Bird on the Wing
Talks on Zen, Talks given from 10/06/74 am to 20/06/74 am, English Discourse series, 9 Chapters, Year published : June 1976
A Bird on the Wing Content : Using traditional Zen stories and responding to seekers' questions, Osho shows how man must first be grounded in himself before he can fly into the sky of consciousness. Osho takes the reader from subjects as diverse as food, jealousy, businessmen and enlightenment, to how to know if one needs a master, the barriers we create through fear, and gratitude. Good as a starter for newcomers to Zen.
And The Flowers Showered
Talks on Zen, Talks given from 31/10/74 am to 10/11/74 am, English Discourse series, 11 Chapters, Year published : 1974
And The Flowers Showered Content : A beautiful and simple introduction for those new to Zen. Commenting on eleven Zen anecdotes, Osho explores the spiritual search, speaking on emptiness and no-mind, knowledge and being; belief and trust, repression and truth; philosophy and religion, love and divinity; death and disease, happiness and living in the here-and-now. "Osho continues publishing very good spiritual texts indeed. These on Zen are direct and whimsical. ...Osho has a no-mind to his comments, sudden bursts of insight, novel ways of putting together images so that you read in an enchanted wonder."
The Art of Dying
Talks on Hassidism, Talks given from 11/10/76 am to 20/10/76 am, English Discourse series, 10 Chapters, Year published : 1978
The Art of Dying Content : In this volume Osho comments on stories compiled by the Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. Osho helps the reader to face the reality of his own death without fear, and thereby living life to the optimum. Originating in Poland around 1750, Hasidim sought a direct, spontaneous religious experience of life, and created a great tradition of laughing saints and wonderful stories. "In a language simple but yet profound, the master Osho indicates the art of 'dying' by learning how to live in the here and now, the eternal life."
Be Still and Know
Responses to Disciples Questions, Talks given from 01/09/79 am to 10/09/79 am, English Discourse series, 10 Chapters, Year published : 1981
Be Still and Know Content : In this question-and-answer series Osho talks on a diversity of subjects from science and meditation, personality and essence, to homosexuality, witnessing, salvation and silence. During these discourses, Osho's father and disciple dies, and Osho speaks on what this means for him. The book also includes a lavish color photo section on the death celebration.
The Beloved, Vol 1
Talks on the Baul Mystics, Talks given from 21/06/76 am to 30/06/76 am, English Discourse series, 10 Chapters, Year published : 1976
The Beloved, Vol 1 Content : "The Baul mystics are children of celebration. They celebrate life, they celebrate death. Whatever is, is seen as a gift...they simply love life in all its aspects," is how Osho introduces us to these mystics of Bengal. And in the first verse of their song, "Only a connoisseur of the flavors of love can comprehend the language of a lover's heart" is revealed the essence of their religion. Osho explains their view of sex, their concept of the body as a temple and their secret of surrender to God, to the Beloved, to "the essential man" who lives within us all.
The Beloved, Vol 2
Talks on the Baul Mystics, Talks given from 21/06/76 am to 10/07/76 am, English Discourse series, 10 Chapters, Year published : 1976
The Beloved, Vol 2 Content : Ten talks with alternating commentaries on the songs of these delicious madmen, mystics, fools and poets with answers to seekers' questions. And whatever the question, the answers all convey the trust, oneness and love experienced by the Bauls. Spontaneous and life-affirmative, "theirs is the path of the dancer, the singer, and the aesthetic man." "I have read most of [Osho's] books and listened to tapes of his talks, and I am convinced that in the spiritual tradition, here is a mind of intellectual brilliance and persuasive ability as an author."
Beyond Enlightenment
Talks given from 03/10/86 pm to 04/11/86 pm, English Discourse series, 32 Chapters, Year published : 1980
Beyond Enlightenment Content : What makes Osho different from Gautam Buddha and other enlightened masters and mystics throughout history? The answer is here, in his own provocative words: "To go beyond enlightenment is to go beyond individuality and become universal." Osho responds to questions on topics ranging from the intimate to the universal, from religion to philosophy, from present-day politics to his own childhood experiences, from enlightenment to what lies beyond.


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