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4.36 of 5 stars 4.36  ·  rating details  ·  179 ratings  ·  19 reviews
This rich and refreshing book invites us to travel with the Buddha on a path of radical wisdom. In his inimitable style, Osho interprets the "Sutra of Forty-Two Chapters" - a scripture compiled by a Chinese emperor in the first century C.E. - using wonderful contemporary anecdotes to make profound points. As we laugh or shake our heads at the folly, the ineptitude or the g ...more
Paperback, 464 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Watkins Publishing (first published January 15th 2007)
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A real thinking book, The Buddha Said can be tackled two ways. OK, infinite ways, but I'll recommend one or the other, based on your temperament or how you find the sailing. Yes, you could read it coast to coast, though a lot of it is "chewy." That is, I sometimes stopped to write stuff down because I liked it so much. I went back and reread certain paragraphs. In that sense, the book argued for a more leisurely, "side" read, while others were in progress -- maybe at certain, more introspective ...more
5 stars is not enough...there should be an infinite option in the rating.

This is one of those rare books that introduces a fundamental change in the reader's consciousness. It can widen the reader's sensibilities so that you can look at familiar things as though you are seeing and understanding them for the first time.

It presents to you ideas that will keep you thinking long after you have read the book, analysing them subsconsciously so that no matter what interpretation you take with you, it w
It may take me some time to finish, but I am not in a hurry. I like reflecting on each page. Full of inspiring, thought provoking concepts!
Oriana Pederson
A wonderful interpretation of the writings by Buddha. I recommend it to all of my friends.
Gayle Wild
This book changed my life. Once you read it, you automatically start re-reading, again. It is not meant to read swiftly, but rather to take in a chapter a day and let it sink in. And Osho's commentary are very comical and light-hearted. Makes you almost smile or laugh.
I should have payed way more attention reading this, then maybe I would have received more insights. Something that promps me to read OSHO with a casual attitude is the overwhelming amount of text(amazingly derived from speach) by him.
I remember somewhere in the book OSHO names the talks "The Discipline Of Transcendence" but still they name the work something else, so for this reason I discourage everyone from buying this one in particular.
Brilliant with a capital 'B'!!
I have been familiar with Osho's teachings and have read a few of his books...this one stands out in many ways. First, its clarity, simplicity and to the point discussion and finally Osho's humor...always makes it a fun read.
Cathy Gulkin
Could hardly get through the first 50 pages and then gave up. I understood why once I realized that Osho is that old Rajneesh rascal. I'm sticking with the Insight Meditation crowd for Buddhist texts.
Judy Trusty
I love Osho despite all the problems he had here in the states. He is good with explaining some of the esoteric teachings in a clear manner us dumb Americans can understand.
Top 5 books I've ever read...
Marcel gave to me in Africa
Read it twice. Once in Africa, then started it again at the end of my trip and finished it in the states...
Lauren Skora
Learned a ton reading this book; plus I got to share some of the funny stories in it with my father in law who was beginning to read English.
Kellye Mason
I've really been enjoying this one. Love the way Osho modernized the teachings of Buddha. Highly recommend.
(Discounting his obsession with sex) Osho is a persuasive spokesperson for Buddha.
Osho was an incredible human, and this book is likewise incredible.
Buddha comes alive in these conversational gems.
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5 stars. It's a must read book.
this helped change my life
Loved it. Loved. It.
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