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Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master

Commentaries on the Messenger of Zen from India to China
Bodhidharma is named as the 26th Zen Patriarch in the line emanating from Gautam Buddha. However, as Osho says, he shows even "higher flights" than Buddha – who would not accept any female disciples – as his master was the enlightened woman, Pragyatara.

Buddhism had entered China six hundred years earlier, and now Pragyatara instructed Bodhidharma to go there and to pass on Buddha’s essential message of enlightenment. The earlier messengers of Buddha’s teachings had had a great impact on the people of China, but none had been enlightened. It was now time for the taste of realization, of awakening, to be passed on.

Osho dissects these three volumes of notes from Bodhidharma’s disciples in detail, pointing out where, and how, the disciples’ minds have come in to distort the message of this buddha – an awakened one.

Book - Details Chapter Titles
OSHO Media International
152 x 229 mm
    #1: To Seek Nothing Is Bliss
    #2: A Pilgrimage to Your Own Being
    #3: Beyond This Nature There's No Buddha
    #4: Buddhas Don't Practice Nonsense
    #5: Suchness Is Our Self-nature
    #6: Understanding Comes in Mid-sentence
    #7: Get Ready and Claim Your Inheritance
    #8: Everybody Has the Right to Be Wrong
    #9: The Antidote to the Poisons of Your Life
    #10: Not to Be in the Mind Is Everything
    #11: Mind Is the Greatest Enemy of Man
    #12: Every Suffering Is a Buddha-seed
    #13: Mind Is the Bondage
    #14: To Face a Buddha Is Dangerous
    #15: Breakthrough to Buddhahood
    #16: The Courage to Say "i Don't Know"
    #17: Take the Risk Wholesale
    #18: Wakefulness Is Awareness
    #19: Relish the Mystery in the Depths of Your Heart
    #20: Less than an Eye Blink Away
Excerpt from: Bodhidharma: The Greatest Zen Master, Chapter 1
"I have a very soft corner in my heart for Bodhidharma. That makes it a very special occasion to speak about him. Perhaps he is the only man whom I have loved so deeply that speaking on him I will be almost speaking on myself. That also creates a great complexity, because he never wrote anything in his life. No enlightened being has ever written. Bodhidharma is not an exception, but by tradition these three books that we are going to discuss are attributed to Bodhidharma.
"The scholars reason that because there is no contrary evidence – and for almost one thousand years, these books have been attributed to Bodhidharma – there is no reason why we should not accept them. I am not a scholar, and there are certainly fragments which must have been spoken by Bodhidharma, but these are not books written by him. These are notes by his disciples. It was an ancient tradition that when a disciple takes notes from the master he does not put his own name on those notes, because nothing of it belongs to him; it has come from the master.
"But knowing Bodhidharma as intimately as I know him…. There are so many fallacies which are possible only if somebody else was taking notes and his own mind entered into it; he has interpreted Bodhidharma – and with not much understanding." Osho

In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

shore... sutras... question... buddhas... bodhisattvas... beautiful... ignorance... bodhidharma... ananda... confucius...

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