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A Bird on the Wing: Zen Anecdotes for Everyday Life (Osho Classics) [Paperback]

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29 Aug 2013 Osho Classics
Eleven classic anecdotes provide starting points to demonstrate the relevance of Zen to every aspect of 21st-century life. From the professor so full of his own ideas that he has no room for any new learning, to the monastery cook who solves a koan by kicking over a jug of water, readers will see themselves, their friends, and even modern-day celebrities and politicians reflected in the characters who populate these fascinating Zen stories. In each chapter, following the discussion of the story at hand, Osho responds to questions from his audience about matters of love, life, relationships, and "the search." Throughout the book he emphasizes the importance both of honoring our "roots" in the simple pleasures of everyday life, and nourishing the "wings" that allow us to experience our connection with that which is universal, transcendent, and eternal.

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"Be rooted in the body so you can have wings in the soul. Be rooted in the earth so you can spread into the sky; be rooted in the visible so you can reach into the invisible. Don't create duality and don't create any antagonism. If I am against anything, I am against antagonism. I am against being against anything; I am for the whole, for the complete circle." - Osho

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Osho is a contemporary mystic whose life and teachings have influenced millions of people of all ages, and from all walks of life. His often provocative and challenging teachings generate today more and more interest and his readership is dramatically expanding around the world in more than fifty languages. People can easily recognize the wisdom of his insights, and their relevance to our lives and to the issues we are facing today. The Sunday Times in London named Osho as one of the "1,000 Makers of the 20th Century". He is known around the world for his revolutionary contribution to meditation -- the science of inner transformation -- with the unique approach of his "OSHO Active Meditations" acknowledging the accelerated pace of contemporary life and bringing meditation into modern life.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories that will stick with you forever 16 Sep 2013
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For those who don't know, this is a new edition of one of Osho's first international bestsellers, "Roots and Wings." These are the kinds of stories that stay in your head and pop into mind in all sorts of everyday encounters. Talking to someone who is so full of their own ideas, you know it's pointless to say anything? The philosopher who goes to the Zen master to seek the meaning of life comes to mind. And the great "aha moment" captured so beautifully by the story of the monk who answers a koan by kicking over a jug of water. Those who are familiar with Osho's vision of "Zorba the Buddha" will recognize the foundations of it in this book, as well. This is a "classic" in the Osho canon for sure, one of those you'll go back to again and again and find something new each time.
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