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Osho is one of the best-known and most provocative spiritual teachers of our time. The Sunday Times of London has named him one of the '1,000 makers of the twentieth century'; the novelist Tom Robbins has called him 'the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ'. Nearly two decades after his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers around the world.
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The Diamond Sutra is the earliest book to which a printing date can be assigned - 868 CE. It is a sacred scripture of Mahayana Hinduism and Buddhism and it was originally written down in Sanskrit. Like other sutras, it is a collection of mystical and spiritual aphorisms intended as subjects for meditation and thence guidance towards enlightened existence. Osho was the name taken by a 20th century Indian mystical philosopher who lectured on Buddhism in both the East and West.
This book was not written by Osho but represents transcriptions of his lectures and videos - rather like the Gospels in relation to Jesus, without the videos of course! It isn't an easy book to read because the language in which it is expressed has a different syntax. But if you read it in a relaxed and contemplative frame of mind, imagining that you are listening to the words of an Indian sage, you will find there is wisdom on every page. If you prefer to read the text in everyday English there is a good translation by Alex Johnson that you can dip into on-line.
a controversial 20th century Indian guru. Because words have such power, you may want to
do a bit of research first before you yield your understanding to this person Osho.
The words of the Diamond Sutra seem to be printed in italics and it may or may not be
possible to read just that by skipping from italic section to italic section in the text.
I have not figured it out yet. This is not an absolute contraindication to reading this
version, as no doubt with any ancient sacred text you will want a commentary to go with it.
But this particular "commentary" contains some frightening cult-like advice like
answering someone's question "Is it really none of my business what happens to other people?"
with "Now I cannot choose [you] for work, because [you] have [your] own idea about what is
right and what is wrong. Laxmi has no idea. She simply listens and does. Whatsoever is said,
she does." Osho goes on to stress, in his commune, you do it his way and you don't get a
vote and you should simply leave if you don't like it. Unwavering adherence to a contemporary
charismatic authority figure may or may not be the lesson you want to derive from study
of Gautama Buddha's ancient sutra. I just don't want other people to be fooled like I was
into thinking you are getting merely the fruits of contemporary scholarship together with the
text of an important sutra.