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Understanding our minds and consciousness are topics high on everybody's list of important issues. Science and psychology are delivering every day captivating news of understanding in this area. In this extraordinary series of talks, Osho lays out a clear understanding of the difference between mind and consciousness, and the role that the brain plays in the two - a differ Understanding our minds and consciousness are topics high on everybody's list of important issues. Science and psychology are delivering every day captivating news of understanding in this area. In this extraordinary series of talks, Osho lays out a clear understanding of the difference between mind and consciousness, and the role that the brain plays in the two - a difference that Western science has been struggling to define for decades, but that Zen has known for centuries through first-hand experience. Along the way he also sheds light on the differences between meditation as practice and as a state of being, and what choiceless awareness really means in everyday life and relating. Osho relates to a classic Zen work, Hsin Hsin Ming, Verses on the Faith-Mind by Sosan [Seng-t’san] which is considered to be the first Chinese Zen document. It is extraordinarily straightforward in its message, cutting straight to the point of where it aims to take the Zen experience - to a state of thought-free awareness in the present moment.


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Understanding our minds and consciousness are topics high on everybody's list of important issues. Science and psychology are delivering every day captivating news of understanding in this area. In this extraordinary series of talks, Osho lays out a clear understanding of the difference between mind and consciousness, and the role that the brain plays in the two - a differ Understanding our minds and consciousness are topics high on everybody's list of important issues. Science and psychology are delivering every day captivating news of understanding in this area. In this extraordinary series of talks, Osho lays out a clear understanding of the difference between mind and consciousness, and the role that the brain plays in the two - a difference that Western science has been struggling to define for decades, but that Zen has known for centuries through first-hand experience. Along the way he also sheds light on the differences between meditation as practice and as a state of being, and what choiceless awareness really means in everyday life and relating. Osho relates to a classic Zen work, Hsin Hsin Ming, Verses on the Faith-Mind by Sosan [Seng-t’san] which is considered to be the first Chinese Zen document. It is extraordinarily straightforward in its message, cutting straight to the point of where it aims to take the Zen experience - to a state of thought-free awareness in the present moment.

30 review for Hsin Hsin Ming: The Zen Understanding of Mind and Consciousness (OSHO Classics)

  1. 5 out of 5

    David Anthony Sam

    Some memorable quotations: "Attain to that silence again, that’s all – again be a child. The whole thing comes to this, you can conclude it. All the Buddhas come to this conclusion: that you have to become a part of nature again." "But look – they are concerned with small things because life consists of small things. Great problems are only in the mind, not in life." "Where are the boundaries? The tree moves in you, the sun moves in the tree, the ocean moves into the tree, you move in the child and Some memorable quotations: "Attain to that silence again, that’s all – again be a child. The whole thing comes to this, you can conclude it. All the Buddhas come to this conclusion: that you have to become a part of nature again." "But look – they are concerned with small things because life consists of small things. Great problems are only in the mind, not in life." "Where are the boundaries? The tree moves in you, the sun moves in the tree, the ocean moves into the tree, you move in the child and this goes on..." "Everything is moving. The breath that is within you will be in me a little later. And the breath is life, so your life and my life cannot be different, because the same breath you breathe I breathe." "Language is time, divided into the same categories as time. And life is beyond. Life if not past." "You cannot be perfect! The very goal of perfection is an ego trip. The whole is already perfect, you need not be worried about it – and in the whole you are also perfect."

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bhakta Kishor

    Osho says that if you do not think, there won’t be any concept of time. That is why in meditation one is in a state of timelessness. That is why in love you are in timelessness. Love is not thinking, it is cessation of thought. When you are with your beloved, you are not thinking about love, you are not thinking about the beloved. A moment of love is a timeless moment. Jesus Christ has said of enlightenment, there shall be time no longer. In the experience of enlightenment, there is no time at a Osho says that if you do not think, there won’t be any concept of time. That is why in meditation one is in a state of timelessness. That is why in love you are in timelessness. Love is not thinking, it is cessation of thought. When you are with your beloved, you are not thinking about love, you are not thinking about the beloved. A moment of love is a timeless moment. Jesus Christ has said of enlightenment, there shall be time no longer. In the experience of enlightenment, there is no time at all. It is beyond time. There is no past, no future, there is no present even. These two are the most important elements of religious experience – egolessness and timelessness. ☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯☯

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chinmay K

    Brilliant. Exceptional read. I was going through some phase in life where I continuously had thoughts of missing someone in life. This book was intense read and could relate few chapters with my own life situation. The last few chapters esp 7, 8, 9 and 10 simply blew my mind. Such zen parables by Sosan can be easily misunderstood and not easy to understand. Osho explains these parables in an easy sense but with deep insights which often include quotes from Mahaveera, Buddha, and other relate-able exa Brilliant. Exceptional read. I was going through some phase in life where I continuously had thoughts of missing someone in life. This book was intense read and could relate few chapters with my own life situation. The last few chapters esp 7, 8, 9 and 10 simply blew my mind. Such zen parables by Sosan can be easily misunderstood and not easy to understand. Osho explains these parables in an easy sense but with deep insights which often include quotes from Mahaveera, Buddha, and other relate-able examples .. hats off.. A must read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Landon

    Great book. An Essential to understanding mindfulness and the nature of consciousness. Profound. Good in every aspect. If you really want to learn what the mind is, then you have to listen to Osho.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Bella

    The great book of nothing :)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Akhil Jain

    Reco by Osho http://oshosearch.net/Convert/Article... My fav quotes (not a review): -Page 3 | "Zen is a crossbreeding between Buddha’s thought and Lao Tzu’s thought." -Page 11 | "You love a person; sometimes you feel angry. Really, you feel angry only because you love. Sometimes you hate! Sometimes you would like to sacrifice yourself for your lover, and sometimes you would like to kill the lover. And both are you." -Page 19 |"But your mind will say, “You will become an animal if you don’t prefer. I Reco by Osho http://oshosearch.net/Convert/Article... My fav quotes (not a review): -Page 3 | "Zen is a crossbreeding between Buddha’s thought and Lao Tzu’s thought." -Page 11 | "You love a person; sometimes you feel angry. Really, you feel angry only because you love. Sometimes you hate! Sometimes you would like to sacrifice yourself for your lover, and sometimes you would like to kill the lover. And both are you." -Page 19 |"But your mind will say, “You will become an animal if you don’t prefer. If you don’t choose then what will be the difference between you and a tree?” There will be a difference, a great difference, but not the difference which brings the mind in – a difference which comes through awareness. The tree is choiceless, unconscious; you will be choiceless, conscious. That is what choiceless awareness means and that is the greatest distinction: you will be aware that you are not choosing." -Page 20 |"And this awareness gives such profound peace. You become a Buddha, you become a Sosan, a Chuang Tzu. The tree cannot become a Chuang Tzu. Chuang Tzu is like the tree, and plus he is like the tree as far as choice is concerned; he is absolutely unlike the tree as far as awareness is concerned. He is fully aware that he is not choosing." -Page 159 |"Your mind is at the back of the whole thing, and the mind is the projector. But you always look at the other because the other is the screen." -Page 161 | "Try in small things not to bring the mind in. You look at a flower –simply look. Don’t say, “Beautiful! Ugly!” Don’t say anything. Don’t bring words, don’t verbalize. Simply look. The mind will feel uncomfortable, uneasy. The mind would like to say something. Simply say to the mind, “Be silent! Let me see. I will just look.”" -Page 178 | "Even the brain is divided, everything is divided in the body. The only thing which is one is the third eye – the witnessing. It is one. If you want to be one within you, seek the point of witnessing consciousness. While walking, watch. While eating, watch. While going to sleep, fall asleep watching what is happening." -Page 186 | "If you see only life then you will miss. See death hidden everywhere in life!" -Page 199| "Simply seeing the reality, that the opposite is implied everywhere, Sosan says trust happens. It is not that you say, “I accept.” It is not in any helplessness that you accept." -Page 201 | "Go even to the churches, synagogues, and see people praying to God. What are they saying? They are giving advice. They are saying, “Don’t do this, this is wrong. My son is ill, make him healthy.” In the first place, if you really trust, then he makes your son ill – so trust it! Why go complaining and praying?" -Page 202 | "That’s why in the East we have been emphasizing meditation, and in the West they have been emphasizing morality." -Page 211 | "Remember, the word accept is not very good. It is loaded – because of you, not because of the word – because you accept only when you feel helpless. You accept grudgingly, you accept half-heartedly. You accept only when you cannot do anything, but deep down you still wish… You would have been happy if it had been otherwise. You accept like a beggar, not like a king, and the difference is great." -Page 221| "Whenever you feel a clinging towards life say, “Not two.” Whenever you feel a fear of death say, “Not two, only one is.” And this saying should be your understanding; it should be filled with intelligence, penetrating clarity. And suddenly you will feel a relaxation within. The moment you say, “Not two” – if you are saying it understandingly, not repeating in a mechanical way – you will suddenly feel the illumination." -Page 243 | "The disciple worked for years: then he became empty, silent. Then he came to Bodhidharma and said, “Now, master, I have come, and you had told me, ‘Be silent and empty.’ Now I have become silent and empty.” Bodhidharma said to him, “Go out and throw out this emptiness and silence also.” Because if you can feel it, then it is not total, a division exists." -Page 254| "A real religious person is concerned with wholeness, never with perfection"

  7. 4 out of 5

    dany

    Sin palabras.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Abhijit Suvarna

    Golden Words to live by (if you can!)...... Another Osho masterpiece!! “Do not search for the truth; only cease to hold opinions”. – Search is a desire. You searched in the world for wealth, power, prestige, and you failed. Now you search for God and truth, but you remain the same. Nothing has changed only words have changed. Before it was “power” now it is “God” – but you remain the same seeker. The truth cannot be sought. On the contrary, when all seeking stops the truth knocks at your door; wh Golden Words to live by (if you can!)...... Another Osho masterpiece!! “Do not search for the truth; only cease to hold opinions”. – Search is a desire. You searched in the world for wealth, power, prestige, and you failed. Now you search for God and truth, but you remain the same. Nothing has changed only words have changed. Before it was “power” now it is “God” – but you remain the same seeker. The truth cannot be sought. On the contrary, when all seeking stops the truth knocks at your door; when the seeker is no longer, truth comes to you. When you cease all desires, when you have no motivation to go anywhere, suddenly you find you are illuminated. Suddenly you find you are the very temple you were seeking. Suddenly you come to realize you are Krishna, you are Jesus. No vision comes to you – you are the source of all, you are the very reality. “Although all dualities come from the one, do not be attached even to this one. When mind exists undisturbed in the way, nothing in the world can offend, and when a thing can no longer offend, it ceases to exist in the old way.”

  9. 5 out of 5

    Rafe

    I guess these are some of the highest paradigms and without self - experience, there is no way to conceptulize it or reffer to it, ironicly if you already had realized it yourself, I guess there would be no intrest nor point to read it what stroke me the most is the idea that in pain or suffering - we "feel" the I more (the ego I guess) that's why we gravitate towards pain or unhappiness, problems kind of like your forget about your skin becasue it fits so well, but when it's cuted or itching, all o I guess these are some of the highest paradigms and without self - experience, there is no way to conceptulize it or reffer to it, ironicly if you already had realized it yourself, I guess there would be no intrest nor point to read it what stroke me the most is the idea that in pain or suffering - we "feel" the I more (the ego I guess) that's why we gravitate towards pain or unhappiness, problems kind of like your forget about your skin becasue it fits so well, but when it's cuted or itching, all of the sudden you feel it more !

  10. 5 out of 5

    Agostina Giavazzi

    Es un libro complejo para el lector. Es complicado de entender en las primeras páginas. Además es bastante pesado, lo que hace una lectura lenta y reflexiva. No lo recomiendo para aquellos que les interese la lectura a modo de distracción. El Libro de la Nada puede pertenecer al género de auto-ayuda aunque a Osho no le gustaría que así fuera.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Carloesquivel

    Life changing. A book not for quick reading but to carefully begin to observe your thoughts. For me it is a book for daily inspiration, joy and continuous consult on how to quiet one's mind and get rid of the ego.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Hrimiuc Mihai

    So much wisdom in Oshos's words. With a higher ground view of nowadays religions and social norms, Osho's words are based on an ancient one called Sosan. The explanations and the example are very thought-provoking, with a very different, yet simple approach to daily lives.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angel Andújar

    Another great Osho's talks compilation

  14. 4 out of 5

    Quicksilver Quill

    Sosan! Very Zen.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Beatrice Velarde

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Si tuviera que quedarme con un solo libro sin duda me quedaría con este; El libro de la Nada. Gracias!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jamie

    5000 year old wisdom explained by a genius. What a book.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Chrischris

    "Aristotle says A is A and cannot be not A – the opposites cannot meet. Sosan says there are no opposites – they are already meeting, they have always been meeting. This is one of the most fundamental truths to be realized, that the opposites are not opposites. It is you who say they are opposites, otherwise they are not opposites. Look existentially and you will feel they are the same energy" Mmmm... thats the sound of my brain salivating at the anticipation of tumor like growth that surely awaits "Aristotle says A is A and cannot be not A – the opposites cannot meet. Sosan says there are no opposites – they are already meeting, they have always been meeting. This is one of the most fundamental truths to be realized, that the opposites are not opposites. It is you who say they are opposites, otherwise they are not opposites. Look existentially and you will feel they are the same energy" Mmmm... thats the sound of my brain salivating at the anticipation of tumor like growth that surely awaits it from the epic journey I have embarked upon since deciding to navigate through the course plotted by Hsin Hsin Ming. Should I survive the trip with linguistic abilities in tact I shall dare to deliver a personal recap of the adventure. Wish me well. Breathe in 1,2,3... and out 1,2,3

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fernando García Samblas

    Epic

  19. 5 out of 5

    Pablo Iglesias

    the best

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rahul Rajeev

    Excellent book. Vintage Osho!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Phanindra

    Sosan's Hsin Hsin Ming is a gem which I found only due to Osho. Never heard of it before. Osho's commentary is poetic, profound and gripping. He really shines in this commentary.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Bordea

    Read it!Don't ask any more questions because it's absolutely amazing!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Chris

    This book is a must read for anyone on the spiritual path - mind opening or rather mind-ending!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Justyna

    awesome - this is the essence of mindfulness. It's life changing book absolutely must have !

  25. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Carolina

  26. 4 out of 5

    Anand Utsav

  27. 4 out of 5

    J

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sumeet

  29. 4 out of 5

    Nuel

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

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