Zen: The Special Transmission

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Osho uses simple stories to show that Zen is not a religion, that it cannot be taught, and that it is a transmission beyond language and scripture. He shows how contemporary man has become more knowledgeable and so more complex, but not happier.
Osho uses simple stories to show that Zen is not a religion, that it cannot be taught, and that it is a transmission beyond language and scripture. He shows how contemporary man has become more knowledgeable and so more complex, but not happier.

Excerpt from:Zen: The Special Transmission, Chapter 1
"Today, we enter the very special world of Zen. It is very special because it is the most ordinary state of consciousness – that’s its specialty. The ordinary mind always wants to be extraordinary; it is only the extraordinary mind who relaxes into ordinariness. It is only the exceptional who is ready to relax and rest into the ordinary. The ordinary always feels inferior, and out of that inferiority complex he tries to be special. The special need not make any effort to be special – he is special. There is no inferiority complex in him. He is not suffering from any emptiness. He is so full, overflowing, that he can be just whatever he is.

"The world of Zen can be called the most special and also the most ordinary. It is a paradox if you look from the outside; if you look from the inside there is no paradox at all. It is a very simple phenomenon. The roseflower, marigold, lotus, or just the very ordinary blade of grass, are not trying to be special at all. From the blade of grass to the greatest star, they are all living in their suchness. There is no effort, no striving, no desire. There is no becoming. They are absolutely blissful in their being. Hence, there is no comparison, no competitiveness. And there is no question of any hierarchy – who is lower and who is higher. No one is lower, no one is higher. In fact, the person who is trying to prove himself higher is lower.

"The person who accepts whatever he is with joy – not with resignation, mind you, not in despair but in deep understanding; the person who is grateful for it, grateful to existence, grateful to the whole – he is the highest." – Osho
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Publisher Osho Media International
Type Series of Talks