Osho quotes on Zen

quotes on Zen

  • I call Zen the only living religion because it is not a
    religion, but only a religiousness. It has no dogma, it does not depend on
    any founder. It has no past; in fact it has nothing to teach you. It is
    the strangest thing that has happened in the whole history of mankind –
    strangest because it enjoys in emptiness, it blossoms in nothingness. It
    is fulfilled in innocence, in not knowing. It does not discriminate
    between the mundane and the sacred. For it, all that is, is sacred.
  • One of the fundamentals of Zen that makes it a totally
    unique religion, more than any other religion of the world, is that it
    does not want to exclude anything from your life. Your life has to be
    inclusive. It has to comprehend all the stars and the sky and the earth.
    It is not a path of renouncing the world.
  • Zen is not a morality. It never talks about right and
    wrong. It never talks about the saint and the sinner. It is so respectful
    of reality that nothing in the whole of history can be compared with this
    respectfulness. It is not only respectful to human beings, but to this
    cricket, to these cuckoos, to these crows. Wherever life is, the Zen
    experience is that it is the same life. There is no categorization; nobody
    is lower or higher, but just different forms of the abundance of
    existence. It blossoms in many forms, in many colors; it dances in many
    ways and in many forms, but hidden within it is the same eternal
  • Zen comes closer to science than any other religion for
    the simple reason that it does not require any faith. It requires of you
    only an intense inquiry into yourself, a deepening of consciousness, not
    concentration – a settling, a relaxing of consciousness, so that you can
    find your own source. That very source is the source of the whole
  • Zen is the very principle of existence. Whether there
    is anyone who teaches it or not, whether there is anyone who learns it or
    not, it is there. Zen is the very heartbeat of existence. It is not
    dependent on any teaching, not dependent on any masters, not dependent on
    disciples. Masters come and go, disciples come and disappear; Zen remains.
    Just as it is. It is always just as it is.
  • Now, even in Japan, Zen has become just a scholarly
    study. Zen is not a scholarly study. Zen is an existential quantum leap.
    It is not of the mind. It is going beyond the mind.
  • Zen is non-judgemental, Zen is non-evaluative, Zen imposes
    no character on anybody. Because to impose character, you will need
    valuation – good and bad.
  • Zen has nothing to do with any god. No sincere man, no
    intelligent man has anything to do with any fiction. He searches within.
    He looks within – because he is life, so there must be some center
    within himself from where the life arises.
  • Zen is so strange as far as intellectual understanding
    is concerned. It looks almost absurd. That is one of the reasons why it
    has not grown into a vast tree around the world, but has remained a small
    stream of only those who can see beyond the mind, who can feel it, even
    though it is illogical, irrational.
  • In Zen a totally new dimension opens, the dimension of
    effortless transformation. The dimension of transformation that comes
    naturally, by clearer eyes, by clarity. By seeing into the nature of
    things more directly, without any hindrance of prejudices.

  • Zen says: Remain true to your freedom. And then a
    totally different kind of being arises in you, which is very unexpected,
    unpredictable. Religious, but not moral. Not immoral – amoral: beyond
    morality, beyond immorality.
  • Zen is not effort. Effort is tension, effort is work,
    effort is to achieve something. Zen is not something to achieve. You are
    already that. Just relax, relax so deeply that you become a revelation to
  • The bamboo is very much loved by the Zen poets for its
    tremendous quality of being hollow. Out of this hollowness of the bamboo,
    a flute can be made. The bamboo will not sing, but it can allow any song
    to pass through it.
  • Even Zen finally has to be transcended. Finally you
    have to become so meditative that you don’t need to meditate any more
    – meditation becomes your very being. That is what is called ”the old
    Zen barrier.” The day your very existence becomes meditative, when you
    don’t have to sit down at a certain hour to meditate in a certain way;
    the day when whatever you do, you do it meditatively – you sleep in
    meditation and you wake up in meditation – you have passed the old Zen
  • Zen is not a renunciation, it is a rejoicing. It is the
    manifesto of dance and celebration.

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