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In The Man Who Loved Seagulls, Osho discusses essential stories and parables from the world's great wisdom traditions of Zen, Taoism, Christianity, and Judaism. Osho--himself a master storyteller—interprets the stories in this collection and applies them to the concerns of modern day life. The valuable lessons they impart are both timely and universal. The stories encourag ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 20th 2009 by St. Martin's Griffin (first published 2003)
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Jenny
Aug 20, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing
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Almost finished, but so far it hits close to home and his messages ring true for me. One thing you will ask yourself midway through the book, "why am I even reading this when life is the true teacher?"
Maria
Feb 02, 2016 Maria rated it really liked it
Osho is a big voice on the subject of spirituality and I think someone interested in such stuff should try at least one book by him.

I didn't read "The man who loved seagulls" just because it came to me, but also because it contained stories, myths, and I love those. I can safely say one of my favourites is exactly the last one. It preaches laughter and life, detachment from it, but living. It's about the Buddha Hotei, who went through villages with only one bag of sweets, giving it to children.
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Tracy
Feb 23, 2010 Tracy rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book.
Rob
Sep 21, 2013 Rob rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is mostly a gathering of transcriptions of talks that Osho gave as lessons to his followers and maybe some who were not followers.

What I liked about this book are the stories that Osho tells and his explanations
of these very same stories.

For those who might want a taste of the book, I include the following quote from the preface:

“God must love stories so much; he is a creator of myths himself, he must love stories. He is the first one who started the whole
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Craig Williams
Sep 15, 2013 Craig Williams rated it liked it
I got to say... I think I'm finished with these Osho books. This last one was a struggle to get through and I almost quit on the book a couple of times. It's not that it's bad - on the contrary, if you have never read any of Osho's work, then this book will blow your mind! However, his books have a tendency to bleed into each other and feel redundant because he goes over the same stuff over and over and over. There are only so many ways he can explain these concepts without rehashing stuff. Ther ...more
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Jan 29, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it
It was a bit repetitive, but nonetheless, I loved it.
Phanindra
Jan 30, 2016 Phanindra rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! Very inspiring and deeply touching at many parts. Osho's commentary is often more wonderful than the original parable itself. From Zen to Hasidism to Christianity, he covers many religious traditions of the world. I highly recommend reading this book, just reading it is a benediction!
Gabriel Fournier
Aug 06, 2013 Gabriel Fournier rated it it was amazing
Best book ever! It's not a self-help book, but a change of perspective that will make you understand everything related to existence.
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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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