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Ancient Music in the Pines: In Zen Mind Suddenly Stops (英語) ペーパーバック – 2011/5/31
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Today, humanity is caught up in the mad complexity of the mind and there is an urgent need to rediscover simplicity and innocence. Here, the contemporary mystic Osho brings to life the inherent and timeless wisdom of traditional Zen stories, showing that Zen is a way of dissolving philosophical problems, not of solving them -- a way of getting rid of philosophy, because philosophy is a sort of neurosis. Zen is for those intelligent enough to understand the limitations of the intellect and ready to recognize the significance of intuition in the world of mysticism.
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* Zen is exactly like burglary: it is an art, it is not a science; it is feminine, it is not male; it is not aggressive, it is receptive; it is not a well-planned methodology; it is a spontaneity. It has nothing to do with theories, hypotheses, doctrines, scriptures; it has something to do with only one thing - that is, awareness;
* A Buddha is not a man of concentration, he is a man of awareness. Meditation is not concentration but relaxation - one simply relaxes into oneself. The more you relax, the more you feel yourself open;
* You don't know much about yourself; you know just a fragment about yourself, just the tip of the iceberg. Your knowledge about yourself is very limited - not only limited, it is almost irrelevant! It is so partial, it is so fragmentary that unless you put it in the context with your whole being it carries no meaning. It is almost meaningless;
* All people who are creative are close to religion. Religion is the greatest creativity because it is an effort to give birth to yourself, to become a father and mother to yourself, to be born again, to be reborn through meditation, through awareness;
* People can understand complex things but they cannot understand simple things. Because a complex thing can be divided, analyzed, logically tackled, but what is to be done with a simple thing? You cannot analyze it, you cannot cut it into pieces, you cannot dissect it - there is nothing to dissect. It is so simple. And because it is so simple you miss it.
As always, I would also like to share a few small tips on zen/psychology/self-help from me (im my little understanding/practice of Zen):
* Zen is all about self-study/knowledge and self-help;
* Zen is just a lifestyle, your everyday life. It is doing your best at your job, relationships, health, hobbies, and other daily activities;
* You can only practice Zen, there is almost no theory. Basically if you fully focus on your daily activities without accompanying thoughts, devote some little time to meditation each day, and keep in mind the above few simple Zen principles, perhaps that is all Zen is about;
* Zen tells you to accept the reality and focus on the moment;
* Meditate (aside from zazen, cooking, cleaning, reading/studying, and sporting are also important parts of a Zen monk's lifestyle);
* Just be your(best)self and count on yourself without comparing yourself and competing with others;
* Master your mind (If you do not master your mind, you will become; its slave for the rest of your short life - perhaps the only life you have);
* Zen tells you to have no ego and be open/empty-minded;
I hope that the above few tips were a little helpful for you.
Quote: Keep it simple and focus only on the few most important things. Simplicity may also mean an efficient use of your little time, money, and abilities/skills by focusing only on the few most important things - Mika
Highlights in this book included the following lines:
"This is the difference between a real religious person and a so-called religious person. The so-called religious person always looks to the rule, he always thinks of what is proper and what is not proper. But a really religious person lives it; there is nothing proper and improper for him. Compassion is so infinitely proper that whatsoever you do through compassion automatically becomes proper" (57).
"Each individual has to come to [truth] alone, each individual has to come to it again and again. It can never become available in the market. You will have to pass through the hardship, you will have to seek and search..." (65).
"Truth is independent of all opinions. What you think about truth is irrelevant; in fact, because you think, you will not be able to know what is. That which is can be known only when all thinking stops, when all opinions are thrown away" (154).
I interpret the phrase "ancient music in the pines" as a metaphor for the inner voice, or the voice of God, or the voice of Nature. When one learns to let go of ambition and the desire to achieve, one becomes more quiet within; the mind recedes to the background and the inner voice therefore becomes more audible. Osho insists that one must get in the habit of meditating, of quieting the mind, so that one's life becomes a meditation. He urges us that the only way to move past fear of death is to constantly re-discover the deathless self - the Witness, as he calls it - through meditation. Nor is he dogmatic about meditation techniques. Meditation, he says, is an artless art. It is "your intrinsic nature," he says. "It is you, it is your being. It has nothing to do with your doings" (109).
This book is incredible. Buy it. Read it. Digest it. Live it.
Because the price and the DVD included I will buy this book again.
Really, I can understand ZEN only reading Osho. He is the best.
Osho is with no doubt the more clear master that i have ever read and has change my life totally, i started reading him 13 months ago and i cannot stop reading his wisdom every single day i have read 55 of his books in this time and meditating 2 hrs every day no more news in t.v. or traditions or waste of time. Read many books so you know this man, because if you read 10 or less he will confuss you he knows how to get you and i am very glad. If you want to share my mail is firstname.lastname@example.org