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Osho Book: The Diamond Sutra

 

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The Diamond Sutra

The Buddha Also Said...
In this book Osho offers his unique and highly accessible interpretation of the Buddha’s words.

Written over 25 centuries ago, "The Diamond Sutra", like many sutras, begins with the famous phrase ’Thus have I heard’. In this sutra the Buddha has finished his daily walk with the monks to gather offerings of food, and sits down to rest. One of the more senior monks, Subhuti, comes forth and asks the Buddha a question. What follows is a dialogue regarding the nature of perception. In this book Osho offers his unique and highly accessible interpretation of the Buddha’s words. When you read Osho, it is as if you are in the audience while he speaks. The words are recordings of his teachings – the easy, humorous conversational style makes for effortless reading and brings the most complex ideas into a form that anyone can understand and learn from. His irreverent wit and thought-provoking inspiration continue to attract growing numbers of readers and devotees.
’This sutra – "The Diamond Sutra" – was born in Sravasti. The Sanskrit name of this sutra is "Vajrachchhedika Prajnaparamita Sutra". It means perfection of wisdom which cuts like a thunderbolt. If you allow, Buddha can cut you like a thunderbolt. He can behead you. He can kill you and help you to be reborn. The new being is possible only when the old has been destroyed. A buddha has to be both – a murderer and a mother. On the one hand he has to kill, on the other hand he has to give new being to you’ Osho.
 
 
Book - Details Chapter Titles
 
Watkins Publishing
135 x 215 mm
288
978-1906787639
    #1: That Realm of Nirvana
    #2: Love Released
    #3: The Wheel of Dhamma
    #4: From the Beyond
    #5: The Taste of Enlightenment
    #6: What Is a Bodhisattva?
    #7: A Dweller in Peace
    #8: Already Home
    #9: Pure Land Paradise
    #10: Utter Emptiness
    #11: The Fully Enlightened One
 
 
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Excerpt from: The Diamond Sutra, Chapter 1
"Truth has to be said as it is. The moment you compromise, the moment you bring truth to the ordinary level of human consciousness, it loses its soul, it becomes superficial, it becomes a dead thing. You cannot bring truth to the level of human beings; human beings have to be led to the level of truth. That is Buddha’s great work.

"Twenty-five centuries ago, just some day early in the morning – just like this day – this sutra was born. Twelve hundred and fifty monks were present. It happened in the city of Sravasti. It was a great city of those days. The word sravasti means the city of glory. It was one of the glorious cities of ancient India; it had nine hundred thousand families in it. Now that city has completely disappeared. A very very small village exists – you will not find even its name on any map; even the name has disappeared. Now it is called Sahet-Mahet. It is impossible to believe that such a great city existed there. This is the way of life – things go on changing. Cities turn into cemeteries, cemeteries turn into cities… life is a flux.

"Buddha must have loved this city of Sravasti, because out of forty-five years of his ministry he stayed in Sravasti twenty-five years. He must have loved the people. The people must have been of a very evolved consciousness. All the great sutras of Buddha, almost all, were born in Sravasti.

"This sutra – The Diamond Sutra – was also born in Sravasti. The Sanskrit name of this sutra is Vajrachchedika Prajnaparamita Sutra. It means perfection of wisdom which cuts like a thunderbolt. If you allow, Buddha can cut you like a thunderbolt. He can behead you. He can kill you and help you to be reborn." Osho
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

life... nirvana... choose... desire... gift... need... shore... tathagata... ananda... rinzai...
 

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