Zen: The Special Transmission

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Osho describes the era of Zen as a time when simplicity of life was a cultural reality. Today, humanity is caught up in the mad complexity of the mind, and, as never before, there is an urgent need to rediscover simplicity and innocence. He brings to life the inherent and timeless wisdom of traditional Zen stories. In alternate discourses anything goes in a question-and- response game between Osho and seekers as they pose questions such as: - Can a woman really drive a man crazy? - Why are you called 'the sex guru'? - I don't see any purpose in meditation...?
From ch.7 of this book, a glimpse of how Osho works:
I am ready to work on anybody because my approach is - whether you grow in this life or not is not the point; even if you have tried a little bit, that much will become part of you -- in some other life maybe, with some other Master, it may come to a fulfillment. You may not become enlightened this time but the very desire, the very longing is enough. I Will work whether you are worthy or not. It is enough that you long for it. I will sow the seeds. Maybe this life you will not grow, but the seeds will remain because they are never destroyed.
And the people who are going to become enlightened in this life, I cannot claim the whole credit, because they may have lived with Jesus, they may have lived with Buddha, they may have lived with Mohammed, they may have danced with Jalaluddin, they may have sat with Bokuju, Rinzai... You have lived thousands of lives. If all those people would have been as choosy as Gurdjieff you would not have been here; because they all worked on you, something went on growing. Hence I don't choose at all. Anybody who comes to me, I am ready to work; my approach is different.
Gurdjieff's approach was different. He wanted to know all of your faces immediately, then he would decide. With me it will take ten years to know your all faces, because I will have to wait for different situations to know your other aspects. But he wanted to know immediately; only then he will start his work.
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Later published as part of Osho Books on CD-ROM.
time period of Osho's original talks/writings
Jul 1, 1980 to Jul 10, 1980 : timeline
number of discourses/chapters
10   (see table of contents)


Zen: The Special Transmission

Year of publication : 1984
Publisher : Rajneesh Foundation International
ISBN 0-88050-691-1 (click ISBN to buy online)
Number of pages : 324
Hardcover / Paperback / Ebook : P
Edition notes : First edition: December 1984 - 10,000 copies. Copyright: ©1984 Rajneesh Foundation International.
Size : 178 x 108 x 19 mm
Author as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
Published by: Bodhisattvaa Ma Anand Sheela M.M., D.Phil.M., D.Litt.M.(RIMU), Acharya
Editors: Ma Prem Rajo, Ma Deva Sarito
Design: Ma Prem Pujan D.M.(RIMU) Arihanta
Direction: Sambodhi Ma Yoga Pratima, M.M., D.Phil.M.(RIMU), Arihanta
The Zen stories used in this book are from the PRACTICE OF ZEN by Chang Chen-Chi, Rider & Co., 1959
Library of Congress Catalog Number 84-43010
Printed in U.S.A.
Introduction: Ma Dhyana Samudra

table of contents

edition 1984.12
chapter titles
event location duration media
1 Here It Is... 1 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 1h 57min audio
2 Come and Get It! 2 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 1h 54min video
3 The Empty Door Is Open Wide 3 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 1h 51min audio
4 At a Time like This? 4 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 1h 39min video
5 Why Not Shoot Yourself? 5 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 1h 51min audio
6 Wake Up, Lazarus! 6 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 2h 2min video
7 Mind Is Gone 7 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 1h 55min audio
8 Get It? 8 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 1h 52min video
9 The Bird Has Flown 9 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 1h 49min audio
10 It's a Special Transmission 10 Jul 1980 am Buddha Hall, Pune 2h 4min video