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Osho Book: Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest

 

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Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest

"Just go in.
Osho’s extraordinary talks on Zen are recognized works of genius, studied in Zen monasteries and universities throughout the world. His inspiring books cover everything from the wisdom of the world’s mystics to answers to intensely personal questions about meditation and the inner search. His unique authenticity touches the reader in a way no other can.

In this book Osho tears down the very idea that there is a path to follow. There is only "the way of the birds," flying freely in the open sky. Commenting on Zen stories and the simple beauty and acuity of Zen poetry, Osho invites the reader to turn in and experience their own silence within, where Zen is no longer a set of ideas or practices, but a state of being.
 
 
Book - Details Chapter Titles
 
OSHO Media International
122 x 190 mm
312
978-81-7261-208-5
    #1: The Way of the Birds
    #2: Tearing Down, Breaking Up
    #3: Don't Wobble
    #4: Such a Moon
    #5: A Very Dangerous Place
    #6: In This Rackety Town
    #7: Fences, Walls and Broken Tiles
    #8: Like the Tongue of a Dead Man
    #9: No Words, No Mind, and You Are In
    #10: Be at the Center
    #11: Dhyana Has No Gate
    #12: Hidden behind These Reflecting Eyes
    #13: The Price of Rice in Joshu
    #14: Kwatz!
    #15: The House Where Nobody Lives
 
 
 
Excerpt from: Zen: The Solitary Bird, Cuckoo of the Forest, Chapter 1
"The bird flying across the sky leaves no footprints. This is called ‘the way of the birds’ – simply disappearing into the nothingness of the sky, without leaving a trace behind. Zen wants you to be just like the birds’ way – a nobody, a nothingness.

"It is strange but true that in your nothingness you are for the first time, born. The nothingness is the womb out of which your spiritual heights are revealed.

"Just as you cannot follow the bird because he leaves no footprints, the buddha also leaves no footprints. You cannot follow a buddha for the simple reason that you are a buddha; you have just forgotten it. And once you try to follow a buddha, you are going astray.

"Those who leave footprints behind them – create organized religions, give commandments for the coming future, scriptures to be followed by those who have not yet come – are all engaged in nonreligious activity. Religion is a rebellion, a rebellion against following.

"This is a religious place. You are not my followers: you can love me, I can love you. Following means a subtle spiritual slavery. I don’t have any follower and I don’t want anybody to be a follower of anybody else either. The moment you start following someone, you are going to miss yourself. You will be lost in dark nights and dark clouds, and it will become more and more difficult to find the way back home." Osho
In this title, Osho talks on the following topics:

duality... temples... beginning... silence... dust... celebrate... changes... ummon... nanyo... hogen...