Mindfulness: A Way of Life

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"The essential teaching of Gautama the Buddha is not a teaching at all, but an awakening; a way to become more aware. He does not give you a doctrine about existence, but he gives you..."
"The essential teaching of Gautama the Buddha is not a teaching at all, but an awakening; a way to become more aware. He does not give you a doctrine about existence, but he gives you..."

Osho continues:
"Their whole world is a fantasy world. They persuade people to sacrifice the real for the unreal, they persuade people to sacrifice that which is for that which is not yet, and may not ever be. They persuade people to sacrifice the present for the future. How can they understand Buddha? He does not talk about the other world at all; he is not an otherworldly one.

"But he has not satisfied the materialists or the atheists either, because they think this is all that there is so eat, drink, and be merry. And Buddha says that this is not all there is. You are living only on the surface of things. There is a depth to things, but that depth can be known, fathomed, only if you go deeper into your own being, into your own consciousness.

"The more conscious you are, the more intensely you live. The more conscious you are the more reality becomes available to you. You earn reality only through being conscious. When one is absolutely conscious, one is absolutely real.

"Naturally, the materialists, the 'this-worldly' people, cannot agree with Buddha, because they say, 'This is all. The surface is all, the outside is all; there is no inside to it.'

"So nobody is agreeing with him. The religious don't agree, the irreligious don't agree. His approach is a very radical approach, it is against the worldly, it is against the otherworldly. He brings a new light, he brings a new understanding. That understanding he calls 'mindfulness.'

"You have to understand this word mindfulness. If you can understand this single word mindfulness you will have understood Buddha's whole being, his whole approach. And he is one of those who have known. If you want to ask anybody, ask a man like Buddha.

"But his approach is a methodology, not a doctrine. It is a way of life. People live like robots, they live mechanically. Buddha says live non-mechanically. Each of your acts has to be luminous with awareness, and then each act starts revealing reality to you.

"He does not make any distinction between the profane and the sacred. There is none, the profane is the sacred, if you live it consciously."
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Publisher Osho International
Duration of Talk 98 mins
File Size 16.88 MB
Type Conversa Individual