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Osho zen meditation

Discourses by Osho are available in book and MP3 form.

The following notes were taken from the series of discourses:

AND THE FLOWERS SHOWERED

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#2: Excellent: On ego. People revel in borrowed knowledge as if it is a revelation. Whatever gives you a feeling of ego is the barrier, whatever gives you a feeling of egolessness is the way of truth. Do that which does not strengthen the ego and eventually you will become enlightened. Ego is a resistance to – a fight against the whole. Ego is interested in impressing people. When you go deeper towards your centre you will find that a negative emotion such as anger is a peripheral phenomena that come from the ego, which in itself is a false entity. At the centre there is emptiness and silence – all duality disappears.


#3: Excellent: On anger. Continues on the topic of anger from the previous discourse. On how to shift from the peripherary to the centre. Don’t fight with the peripherary (emotional reactions such as anger) just go to the centre. Shift your grounding from the peripherary to the centre. There is a moving away from the 1st subtle body inwards to the 7th subtle body. For the modern man and woman the only accepted expression of anger is through the mouth either verbally or by bitting food. People who overeat may suppress anger. Unconscious parts are created by repression and suppression. Suppressed anger is related to heart attack. Anger can have an impersonal object such as society. In this way the person is not noticeably angry and may even sound compassionate. E.g. a revolutionary, politician or religious leader trying to bring about social change. Through awareness transformation occurs. Watch your stuff with intense awareness and without judgment. Watch until the identification with the problem breaks. The male energy is to express the anger against someone else. The female energy is to express the anger against oneself as a way to get at the other. Bring awareness to any physical illness and understand what is actually there. Find the root cause of the disease. An accurate diagnosis is essential. If a problem or an illness does not respond to therapy then perhaps the real problem is not being addressed. Perhaps the problem/illness has been misdiagnosed or mislabelled. (Consider some late 20th century diseases such as chronic fatigue syndrome CFS, autoimmune diseases, cancer, inflammatory diseases, and so on.) Meditation is not concerned with what happened but to whom it happened. It is not interested in the object but the subject – you. Zen has a saying: “Awareness is the stick one has to beat oneself with.” In Zen the stick is symbolic of awareness.


#4: To be in a state of oneness you must be in a state of no thought but alert. Thoughts are always contradictory – hence conflict. Meditation is a no thought state like deep sleep yet with conscious awareness. One can never be mature unless the child within dies. Memories act as blocks. Live consciously so that each event is complete. When stuff comes up – associate into the event and move it on with awareness. “If you ask the right question then you can find the right answer.” When you put your ego aside then the sense of separateness from others disappears. All is one. It is not a question of finding the path – it is a question of finding yourself. “Millions are the travellers but the way is one.”


#5: Excellent: On death and dying. At birth the life energy, the life force is concentrated around the naval and it continues to expand until about the age of 35 when it begins to contract back to the naval. When you love someone you give them something of your energy and when you die you take it back. The other person feels something is gone from them when their friend dies. For an ordinary person it takes a few days for the energy to retract back into the naval area when they die. For someone like a saint or a buddha who has loved many people it can take hundreds of years for the energy to return back to them. “When I am dead don't bury or burn my body because many people are involved in it.” “Life is not mechanical. Life is awareness. Who is the Awareness?” The looker cannot be the object. Who is the looker.” “Your claims are just to hide the truth that you do not know.” “Live life as intensely as possible. Put everything at stake. Live this moment as if it is the last moment” Sartori is like a flash of lightning that gives you a momentary glimpse of the whole (enlightenment / samadhi) – but the light is not constant.


#6: On Zen and the art of archery. On painting and art. On the skill of action and inaction. Why do you want to be noticed? “Ego is a substitute Self. Ego depends upon what people say about you. Attention is food for the ego. Things start happening when you are finished with the effort.”


#7: Excellent: Mind is past and future. Mind can not be here and now. Present is you. “Understanding comes when you are not interpreting, when you are just listening.” On listening to someone speak – as soon as you drop inside your mind you are out of sensory awareness with the speaker. Good section on moral dilemmas – on acting out of awareness rather than from a pre decision. “The doer has to decide before hand while the witness acts out of the present.” One smile can change the whole world.


#8: Live in the world but don’t be attached to it. The present is a bridge, a passage between past and future. Language and time are created by the mind. Present presupposes past and future. No thought = no time.


#9: Excellent: Great section on Jesus. “When you have that different quality of seeing then God is seen, when you have that different quality of hearing then God is heard and when you have that different quality of being then you become God yourself.” A trust in oneself is needed.


#10: When there is no thought then ‘seeing’ just happens. Don’t be an interpreter of reality. When you look just be the look. Only about 1% of your thoughts are necessary. When you find yourself lost in your thoughts bring yourself back to the present in sensory awareness. In NLP terminology this is known as uptime. Don’t wander in your thoughts unless it has some real creative purpose. Move your centre away from thinking to feeling. Religion is in favour of the mind but not the body but your body is your only contact with reality.

Those who pray, meditate and seek tend to focus too much on their blocks because of the constant attention on the self. These types of people can become neurotic. Don’t be too concerned about yourself and the body. Forget the past. Too much attention on the self is the problem of the introvert. If you focus on others then you can avoid yourself but this is the problem of the extrovert. A balance of introversion and extroversion is required. Introverts tend to focus too much on the negative. It is probably easier for extroverts to focus on a desired outcome. Osho says you have some distance from the mind and body of another person but you also have some distance from your own body and mind. He says to look at yourself in much the same way that you look at another. When you look at another then you take the attention away from yourself. The real is touching your eyes and skin. It is you. The body is more existential than the mind. The traveller is no different to the way.

Enlightenment is a clarity of understanding.


#11: What is truth? It is not a thing. It is not the mind. It is not Buddha – the self, the soul, the consciousness, the witness. When all three disappear that which remains is truth.

To attain to enlightenment we need to wake up on three levels. People are asleep on three levels. 1: Asleep on the level of things, being too attached to material things. 2: Asleep on the level of the mind and thoughts. Poets, philosophers, painters, academics, etc can become so involved in their thoughts that they become absent minded about physical things. 3: Asleep on the level of no thoughts. Monks and those who have renounced the world and the mind. Who have attained to silent no-mind state still have a subtle ego – Atma, Self, Soul. But Buddha says that sleep has to broken on this level too. When sleep is broken on all three layers then there is no one who is awake, there is just awakening, just consciousness. There is no ‘I’ feeling. Right mindfulness is the term that Buddha uses to denote the no mind state.

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