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Zen: The Path of Paradox

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In Zen: The Path of Paradox, Osho suggests Zen as a possible bridge between East and West, and between the scientific and the spiritual. "Without science," Osho said, "the East has lost much; without meditation, the West has lost much. I am trying to bring together East and West, because together they will create the whole." Osho encourages the reader to throw off the accu ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 12th 2003 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Mar 08, 2010 Terri rated it liked it
Like all books by Osho it makes sense.
I can never explain why but while I am reading something
always goes off in my head and I realize that yes
I understand.
Krishen Mohan
Jul 14, 2017 Krishen Mohan rated it it was amazing
A beautifully accessible introduction to Zen. Definitely worth multiple reads if not just for the laughs.

Zen is not a philosophy or a theology. It may seem like it is because there exist numerous scrolls, tomes and books on it but this is because it is uses what that obscures to erase the obfuscation. The word. Words put the minds of men in holes and in that hole there is only the word. How else can we reach but with the word. And so the word is used so that we may not be used by it.

Zen is.
Chinmay K
Oct 09, 2016 Chinmay K rated it it was amazing
I heard the audio discourses of this series.
Describing Zen as pure reflection of life, Osho beautifully explains the essence of zen as a pure paradox. Life is paradox and hence zen is its pure reflection.

Listening to the Osho's voice in the audio rather than reading makes it more real and in alive poetic way.
I give it 5 stars.
Quicksilver Quill
Aug 29, 2016 Quicksilver Quill rated it it was amazing
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In Zen: The Path of Paradox, Osho provides a lucid, fascinating exploration of the intriguing and elusive religion that is Zen.

Using five short parables as his leaping off points, Osho dives into the meaning of Zen, exploring its paradoxical nature, what it represents, and detailing some of the techniques used by its practitioners to achieve understanding and awareness.

Osho examines many interesting facets of Zen, from mu-sin—what he calls an egoless state of being—to the koan, an insoluble rid
Jason Gregory
Jan 23, 2017 Jason Gregory rated it it was amazing
Osho has a lucid way of explaining Zen and its core philosophy and way of life. It reminds me of Alan Watts and D.T. Suzuki, both of whom Osho was influenced by somewhat. He doesn't beat around the bush in this book, he goes right to the heart of the matter. As a result, it is such an enjoyable read which puts your mind in Zen as you read it. Osho lays out in his own unique rebellious nature how the peaceful future of humanity is only possible through Zen. He explains this by dismantling the dog ...more
Jun 02, 2007 Darreng rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
introduction to the idea of zen that takes a middle road between buddism, which osho sees as too eastern, and taoism, which osho sees as too western. has some of the cryptic koans/parables that you would expect for this type of book, but also has a lot of straight forward zen explaining, if that is possible. descriptions and explanations are silly, as each person is going to take their own thing away, doubly so for a book like this.

like all osho books, this isn't actually written by him, but rat
May 11, 2015 Wis rated it it was amazing
If you like Osho, this book is one of his best. I wouldn't advise you to read it as an introduction to Osho's teachings. However, like all his books, in order to understand the deep meaning behind their simple words, they have to be read with an open and detached mind from all our preconceived beliefs, that is to say, try to read the whole book without judging it.
Jul 09, 2013 Deb rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Ho letto "Perché siamo infelici?" tratto da la danza della luce e delle ombre. Informzativo? Fonte di ispirazione? Forse più di riflessione, ma questo "estratto" l'ho trovato comunque troppo ripetitivo e ridondante.
Sampratya Pathak
Jul 06, 2015 Sampratya Pathak rated it it was amazing
It just sets so right..
A good book to get a great spiritual insight
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Shelves: chaos, japan, shamanism, zen
One of the best teaching on Zen. ;)
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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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