The First Principle

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Osho introduces these discourses on Zen stories by explaining what the first principle is: that which cannot be said. But it can be shown and experienced as Osho demonstrates in talking on the often bizarre, always maddeningly simple anecdotes about interchanges between Zen masters and their disciples. He also talks on intellect and reason in the seeker's life, spiritual greed and the real meaning of the Zen dictum to "kill" one's master. Somehow Osho takes the enigmatic quality of Zen and shows us its pragmatic truth, without robbing it of its inherent magic, charm or humor.
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Later published as part of Osho Books on CD-ROM.
time period of Osho's original talks/writings
Apr 11, 1977 to Apr 20, 1977 : timeline
number of discourses/chapters
10   (see table of contents)


editions

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The First Principle

Talks on Zen

Year of publication : 1979
Publisher : Rajneesh Foundation
ISBN 0-88050-061-1 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 349
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : H
Edition notes : First edition December 1979, 5,000 copies. © Copyright 1979 Rajneesh Foundation.
Size : 225 x 145 x 35 mm
Author as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Published by Ma Yoga Laxmi
Compilation and editor: Sw Prem Chinmaya
Design: Sw Anand Subhadra
Cover design: Sw Govinddas
Coordination: Ma Yoga Pratima; Ma Deva Ritambhara
Production: Ma Deva Weechee; Ma Anand Parinita; Ma Prem Upasana; Sw Das Anudas
Photography: Ma Prem Champa; Sw Krishna Bharti
Printed by: the Tata Press Ltd., Bombay.
Introduction: Ma Deva Weechee
  • Inside cover front.

  • Pages VI - VII.

  • Pages X - XI.

  • Pages XIV - 1.

  • Pages 2 - 3.

  • Inside cover back.

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    The First Principle

    Talks on Zen

    Year of publication : 1979
    Publisher : Tata Press Ltd
    ISBN
    Number of pages : ?
    Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : H
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    The First Principle

    Talks on Zen

    Year of publication : 2006
    Reprint 2013
    Publisher : Jaico Publishing House
    ISBN 81-7992-128-X (click ISBN to buy online)
    Number of pages : 288
    Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : P
    Edition notes :

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    The First Principle

    Talks on Zen

    Year of publication :
    Publisher : Jaico Publishing House
    ISBN 81-7992-128-X (click ISBN to buy online)
    Number of pages : 288
    Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook :
    Edition notes :

    table of contents

    edition 1979.12
    chapter titles
    discourses
    event location duration media
    1 Catching the First Principle 11 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 32min audio
    2 Greed Behind Greed Behind Greed 12 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 45min audio
    3 The Only One Who Has Not Talked 13 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 40min audio
    4 Go with the River 14 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 45min audio
    5 Beyond the Prism of the Mind 15 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 48min audio
    6 The Irrational Rationalist 16 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 42min audio
    7 The Song of Sound and Silence 17 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 34min audio
    8 The Profound and the Trivial 18 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 44min audio
    9 You: The Greatest Lie There Is 19 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 41min audio
    10 All Going Is Going Astray 20 Apr 1977 am Buddha Hall, Poona 1h 26min audio