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The Empty Boat: Encounters with Nothingness (OSHO Classics )

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Talks on the Stories of Chuang Tzu. OSHO revitalises the 300-year-old Taoist message of self-realization through the stories of the Chinese mystic, Chuang Tzu. He speaks about the state of egolessness, the empty boat; spontaneity, dreams and wholeness; living life choicelessly and meeting death with the same equanimity . Available in a beautiful new edition, this series ov...more
ebook, 241 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Osho Media (first published 1976)
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Dec 06, 2009 Keyur rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keyur by: Hiten Bhuta
Read it long back. The most impressive lesson I remember from this book is

“If a man is crossing a river and an empty boat collides with his own skiff, even though he be a bad-tempered man he will not become very angry. But if he sees a man in the boat, he will shout at him to steer clear. If the shout is not heard, he will shout again, and yet again, and begin cursing. And all because there is somebody in the boat. Yet if the boat were empty, he would not be shouting, and not angry. If you can e...more
Sanjay Gautam
Its a sequel (i.e volume 2) to the book 'when the shoe fits foot is forgotten'.
Its one of the best books by osho. Its philosophy is life changing and is very simple. Worth a read.
Mike Maxwell
Taoism from the perspective of a Buddhist.

Well, he is not strictly a Buddhist, but that is the impression I got while reading. I just finished this book yesterday and I thought it was good, but not amazing. This is a transcription of talks given by the author in 1974, and in giving his talks he does provide some genuinely valuable insights in to the parables of Chuang Tzu, Taoism and life in general. I found the 8th chapter ("The Useless") to be excellent, describing what might be called "existe...more
Zahra'a Ali
The translation to Arabic lost a lot of value of the book
Fauzia Rizvi
Currently reading it now .... Loving every word!!
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One of the most provocative and inspiring spiritual teachers of the twentieth century, Osho defies categorization - reflecting everything from the individual quest for meaning to the most urgent social and political issues facing society today. His books are not written but are transcribed from recordings of extemporaneous talks given over a period of thirty-five years. Osho has been described by...more
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“It is really a miracle how you have managed to be so miserable, so thirsty, when it is raining all over. You have really done the impossible! Everywhere it is light and you live in darkness. Death is nowhere and you are constantly dying; life is a benediction and you are in hell.” 0 likes
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