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The Book of Wisdom: The Heart of Tibetan Buddhism. Commentaries on Atisha's Seven Points of Mind Training [Paperback]

Osho

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Book Description

July 1 2009
Osho is known around the world for his pioneering contribution to meditation - the science of inner transformation - with the unique approach of his "Osho Active Meditations" acknowledging the accelerated pace of the contemporary world and bringing meditation into modern life. Based on the Seven Points of Mind Training by the 11th-century Buddhist mystic Atisa, The Book of Wisdom removes the dust of tradition that has gathered around meditation, conveying the essential science and methodology of the practice with a freshness and spontaneity that is rarely found in contemporary spiritual works. The book is a guide for inner discipline and transformation that is also highly accessible, incorporating light, often humorous question-and-answer sessions between the author and his audience that help readers make the practical connection between spiritual theory and meditation as a lifestyle.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 362 pages
  • Publisher: Osho Media International; Revised edition edition (July 1 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981834116
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981834115
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16.1 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 386 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #286,065 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  15 reviews
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! Irreverent! Spiritually Uplifting and Humorous! Oct. 10 2009
By Mark S. Deneen - Published on Amazon.com
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This long and sometimes wandering commentary is so much fun to read that I just about couldn't put it down. As the title of the review implies, OSHO is hard to categorize. He is in one moment filleting hypocrites mercilessly, and in the next offering up some of the most profound spiritual wisdom you will find anywhere. And that might all be topped off with some hilarious jokes or humor. Is this man a sinner or a saint, a fraud or a luminary? It is sometimes hard to tell, but there are so many gems in this book that the ride is worth it no matter your conclusion at the end.

I've come to enjoy the freewheeling style of OSHO and I think think his ability to make the Buddha and Jesus compatible and accessible at the deepest level is what sets him apart from many other teachers. Unlike too many of today's literal fundamentalists, he puts the poetry back into religious scriptures of all traditions. He breathes life into the myth and metaphor of our great religious traditions and brings that life forward into today.

Ostensibly, he offers a commentary on the great 10th century Tibetan Master, Atisha. This takes the form of an opening few lines from Atisha, followed by OSHO's commentary. But, after the commentary, OSHO is fielding questions from his sannyasin, and that leads to wide ranging discussions on every topic of modern life.

It would be easy for me to imagine people being offended, put off, and downright alarmed by this wild and often unpredictable mystic. Sometimes, you simply have to get into the spirit of it and realize he is putting you on, and certainly laughing inside. And, that's the point - it's part of the dance of life that he tries valiantly to get his students and his readers to engage.

In spite of the irreverence often displayed here, and the wild ride through the white water, I think the "religion" (small "r") is sound as a rock. I can find profound and moving lessons every time I open this book.

NOTE: If you are new to OSHO, I would actually recommend "Mustard Seed" before reading this book. In that book, it is almost exclusively single-minded, and more focused on the mustard seed teaching, and should be well understood by Christian and Orthodox readers
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Osho's Best June 27 2009
By Graham Lowenthal - Published on Amazon.com
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I have a very stong connection with Osho and have read about 30 of his titles and I have found this one in particular to be one of the clearest and most practical. Everything in it is poetic as usual. The commentary is on Atisha who is one of the most important roles in Tibetian buddhism and I would encourage all to pick up this title and allo it to transform your life!

Love and peace to all
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OSHO IS MY TEACHER!!! May 31 2010
By Anand Yogendra - Published on Amazon.com
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I lived in Pune with Rajneesh in 1977-78....he gave me my name and taught me to meditate and set me on a lifetime meditation path: Vispassana, which he said would go very deep with me, and reminded me that Vipassana was the meditation that Buddha was Enlightned with....He was right, it has gone very deep with me....and this book, The Book of Wisdom, is one of the many teachings he gave to his sanyassin daily in Pune....It is the TRUTH! Read it, and all great spiritual works, with YOUR HEART!! Savor the feelings and wisdom you will discover there as you read...LISTEN DEEPLY....
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Osho Is A Towering Titan Above Humanity Feb. 5 2010
By Ikey Benney - Published on Amazon.com
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If you have known Osho Rajneesh from the day he arrived in USA until he left and read hundreds of his books and also tried his meditation techniques like me, you will find it easy to agree that Osho is among the top three greatest teachers of humanity, an enlightened genius, who belongs to a category all by himself. I read his "Book of Wisdom" (About Atisha's Teachings) and enjoyed it very much. Try it and you will agree too that it is really filled with wisdom and you would be dazzled by Oshos's brilliance, clarity and genius. I highly recommend all of Osho's books. Buy and read all. Yes!!!! All. At any cost. They are gold nuggets and gems without comparison. Buy and give them as gifts to your friends. You can fail with others but once you get hooked on Osho, his books and ideas, you will succeed and will never fall into any ditch in this life or future ones. If Osho cannot help you find your way in this world, forget it because there is nobody else who can. Enter into Osho's "Walled Garden of Truth" through his books and let him clear your head and give you the true "key" of real FREEDOM, HAPPINESS as well as ENLIGHTENMENT (going beyond the mind). Ikey Benney, A Scogostologist, Galahumanologist And Founder of SCOGOSTOLOGY, SGSG, WORLDWIDE [...]
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful Aug. 29 2010
By ChrstnaLne - Published on Amazon.com
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That is the only word I have, the content/the information you receive from this book is very powerful when you have the understanding. When you do understand it, you will feel something different, you might even call it awareness.

Thanks OSHO!

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