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Courage : the joy of living dangerously (Osho Insights for a new way of living )

4.3 of 5 stars 4.30  ·  rating details  ·  1,915 ratings  ·  93 reviews
Courage is not the absence of fear, says Osho. It is, rather, the total presence of fear, with the courage to face it. This book provides a bird's-eye view of the whole terrain--where fears originate, how to understand them, and how to find the courage to face them. In the process, Osho proposes that whenever we are faced with uncertainty and change in our lives, it is act ...more
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Published April 1st 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 1977)
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Ive read this book twice, and each time afterward felt the need to purchase 20 copies and give them to total strangers. Osho's approach to religion/spirituality is simple, he uses common sense and fearless boldness to knock down our preconcieved notions of our approach to life. This is an amazing, easy read, and should be required reading for all.
Robert Geer
May 18, 2012 Robert Geer rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Robert by: Osho
Churches, religions, organized sects-they teach you to pray. But in fact they hinder you from praying because prayer is a spontaneous phenomenon, it cannot be taught. If you have been taught a prayer in your childhood, you have been prevented from a beautiful experience that could have happened. Pg 71

If you talk to a rose, which is more alive than any stone image, which is more divine than any stone image...If you talk to a tree, which is more deeply rooted in God than any cross because no cro
Sep 30, 2009 David rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
'Life is an adventure or it's nothing'. Who said that? I thoroughly agree. There are always obstacles and fears at every point, and the danger is always to give up and lose sight of one's dream. The dream is what gives life it's freshness. Even if it is lost sight of on occasion, the high peak is still there, beckoning you on, obscured often by mist and lower peaks. As Goethe said, 'Whosoever continually strives upward - him can we save'. I have always continually strived towards the object of m ...more
i'm on a whole OSHO trip as of late. I am totally digging on this guy.

tim robbins says of him-"were enough americans to heed the brilliantly provocative words in this book, we might actually become "the land of the free and the home of the brave. 'imagine that!"

if i was taught this stuff instead of that other mumbo jumbo in catechism, i might have enjoyed my mistakes more. but i'm glad it came along when it did. (thanks AGAIN trevor, my literary guide!)
Pradeep Thakur
If you have not read or listen Osho, one of the Great Spiritual Masters of our time...he was the great motivator of must read his works.

This work is one his great works. In this book Osho says: whenever we are faced with uncertainty and change in our lives, it is actually a cause for celebration. Instead of trying to hang on to the familiar and the known, we can learn to enjoy these situations as opportunities for adventure and for deepening our understanding of ourselves and the w
Even if you're not a follower of eastern philosophy, this book is an inspiration. It encourages the reader to live outside of the confines of their own ideals, to take chances in all areas of life, and to be comfortable with those choices.
Adrienne S.
Osho repeats himself quite a bit, but all the better to get a point across. If you are afraid of anything, Osho will make all your fears and anxiety melt away.

This is my second time reading this.
So perfect. I don't know if I could ever move this over onto the "read" shelf, cause it just sits on my table and I pick it up and reread pages at a time. It's like wholesome snackfood for your heart.
Before reading this book I was very sceptic about Osho and his books, therefore it serves as a proof that it is not wise to judge about something before you haven't tried it out. And I did, I read it and now I know for sure that this will be the book I will look up on a bad mood day or at times when I need some supportative word at hand. Simple language, easy to understand, lots of food for thought as well as encouragement.
Although this book gave insight into the condition of fear I felt the author's own bias and agenda affected the book in a negative way. Osho seemed less like a sage and more like a bitter, self-righteous person through the examples he gave and the way he presented the information. Still, there were some moments of unbiased clarity and I did gain insight from those sections of the book.
Lot of interesting and inspiring points which can be followed in our daily lives, I could say those were not much philosopical rather it can taken into practical day to day life. In terms of editing, I dont like that couple of points repeated thro' out the book - anyway, we could look at in a way that those were insisted across pages. Anyway, its nice book.
Never has a book effected my life so profoundly. It saved me at a time when I was hanging by a string and consumed by blackness. Its wisdom on love and forgiveness are the best advice I have ever read. His ideas on religion helped me realize my own beliefs.
The comments below are the result of only a few hours of research on Osho (aka Rajneesh). Like other serious readers, I routinely try to find out more about the authors of books I read.

These comments present information and links that some Osho fans may find disturbing, but that presumably any past, current or future reader of Courage: The Joy of Living Dangerously and his other books would want to know about.

Rajneesh/Osho was at the center of many controversies for his entire adult life -- for
Sundeep Supertramp

Osho has a special book for every person. I would call this my-type. Osho is one of my favourite author and he is the best. He is one of his kind. He doesn't give anyone any philosophy (a fixed formula) to anyone, if it seemed like he gave you some philosophy, then take it, follow it, never let it go..

This book is follows a concept of living every moment of your life and thats how you should live. If you are not familiar with Osho and his teaching, then this would give you a
Craig Williams
I really enjoyed this book and found it really inspirational. I tend to agree with Osho that the two states of being are "fear" and "love". Although the movie Donnie Darko tore this type of philosophy a new asshole, I still think that Osho, and later comedian Bill Hicks, were on to something when they encouraged people to try love over fear. Anyway, this book is very short, but sweet. Pick it up if you're needing spiritual wind in your sails.
Aug 24, 2007 Jon rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone looking to see life through a slightly different lense
This is a great introduction to Osho's spiritual philosophy. I highly recommend Osho's entire "insights to a new way of living" series. It's some of his lighter fare when compared to his more political and anti-establishment discourses. For critical readers out there, keep in mind that Osho's books are essentially transcripts of lectures and discourses, and not well thought out works of literature.
osho is an great author.... he's great at telling the most complex things in the simpler manner.... its a must read book... you r not going 2 read the book you r going to involve in the book once u started to open the book...hav fun feel your courage.... do the unknown....the examples in the book are mind blowing they r very simple with deep meaning....
Lena Donan
A dáme si jednu... "Je velmi snadné přemýšlet o lásce.Je velmi těžké milovat. Je velmi snadné milovat celý svět. Skutečná potíž je milovat jedinou lidskou bytost. Je velmi snadné milovat Boha či lidstvo. Skutečný problém vznikne, když potkáte skutečného člověka. Setkat se s ním znamená projít velkou změnou a přijmout velkou výzvu." s. 147

... i druhú... "Proč se člověk nudí? Člověk se nudí, protože žil podle mrtvých vzoru, převzatých od druhých. Odhoť ty vzory, vyjdi z těch vzoru! Začni žít svuj
Rosalind M
A little repetitive, and at times self-contradictory. But there are some ideas that are worth following here--accepting fear, releasing masks, not following the crowd but being an individual. It was worth reading, slowly, for even digestion. Don't skim this one.
its the best book i have ever gone through. you really need a courage to read this book. you can not finish reading it but you can keep this book on your side bed because you'll love to read it daily before going to bed.
There were some tidbits of wisdom here but most of it was just a poorly written mishmash of Eastern thought with some of the author's own ideas in it. I was not impressed.
A krishna is krishna, buddha is buddha and you are you. You are not in any ways less than any one else. Listen to your inner voice and follow it.
Dec 20, 2008 Dolphindancer24 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book. I have read it several times and each time I re-read it it has new meaning given how my life has grown.
Challenging and very interesting. Definitely one to reread in the near future.
Tony Kaldas
Osho as usual is a person who always gives you the truth in your face!
Good old osho...that nutty spiritual rebel.
stunning so far, still reading...
Atul Sabnis
It is quintessential Osho.

Like some of the other books in the series, it's a call to discover all that's forgotten while we goabout living our lives the way we have learnt to, or have been told to. Like many such similar books, it sounds wonderfully real and true, while we ponder the practicality of it all. And such cynicism is ironical, after having read the book.

Osho talks of courage - the opposite of fear. And elsewhere he talks of fear as the absence of love. Somewhere, in my head, courage b
Justine Kelly
I really enjoyed this thought provoking book, although I didn’t agree with everything in it. Osho wouldn’t mind- he likes doubt.
For me Osho is a little too judgmental of people who live ‘ordinary’ lives, not ‘brave’ lives. I know people in the suburbs who are delightfully happy and it’s not an act. At the same time I know many that just want to scream too- this book is for them.

Osho also edges dangerously close to echoing pseudo gurus/ cult leaders at times, with his materialistic swing on happ
Blake Baguley
The jury is definitely out on this one.
He says a lot of "good things" for lack of a better word (or for lack of being bothered to find a better word). BUT he also dribbles a hell of a lot of utter crap. The first 20 pages or so are brilliant. And then bit by bit he drifts into a snake-oil patter that is very off putting.

But yes, cutting through cultural biases and restraints, dropping fear and facing up to the fact that stability and certainty are not only inexistent but also dreadfully stagnant
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