The Art of Living and Dying

The Art of Living and Dying

by Osho


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“Death cannot be denied by repeating that death does not exist. Death will have to be known, it will have to be encountered, it will have to be lived. You will have to become acquainted with it.” —Osho
Why are we afraid of death? How do I relax in the certainty of death? Is the theory of reincarnation true? How can I celebrate death as you suggest? With depth, clarity, compassion, and even humor, Osho answers these questions and many others, shedding new light on this most sacred of mysteries and providing practical guidance for meditation and support.

In The Art of Living and Dying, Osho not only reveals that our fear of death is based on a misunderstanding of its nature, but that dying is a tremendous opportunity for inner growth. Death is not an event but a process—and one that begins with birth. Each exhalation is a small death; each inhalation, a rebirth. When life is lived consciously and totally, death is not a catastrophe but a joyous climax.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781780285313
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 06/04/2013
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 501,910
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Osho is one of the best-known and most provocative spiritual teachers of our time. The Sunday Times of London has named him one of the '1,000 makers of the 20th century'; the novelist Tom Robbins has called him 'the most dangerous man since Jesus Christ'. More than two decades after his death in 1990, the influence of his teachings continues to grow, reaching seekers around the world.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Taking on the Last Taboo

1 In Search of the Deathless 3

2 Caveat: The Problem of Belief 11

3 The Many Faces of Death 20

4 East and West, Death and Sex 29

5 Unfinished Business 37

6 Responses to Questions 48

Part 2 Unknown Journey: Understanding and Facing Our Fears

1 In Search of Immortality 81

2 Not an Enemy but a Friend 86

3 The Courage to Live 100

4 Responses to Questions 109

Part 3 Milestones on the Path

1 Drowned in Emptiness 129

2 Using Pain as a Meditation 131

3 Reponses to Questions 134

4 Techniques for dealing with pain 163

Accepting Pain in Suchness 163

Entering the Pain 164

Become the Pain 166

Taking Note Twice 168

Stop the Senses 168

5 Keys for acceptance and transformation 170

Humming (Nadabrahma) 170

Completing Things 171

Ah-Ahh! 174

Disappearing 175

Om Meditation 176

Life/Death 178

Experience of the Self Beyond the Body 178

Blue Light Meditation 179

Float, Dissolve, Be in Suchness 180

Feel as if Dying 182

The Immortal One 183

Exhalation Meditation 184

The Body Burning 186

The World Burning 188

Part 4 Time to Say Goodbye: Insights for Caretakers and the Bereaved

1 The Great Revelation 193

2 Being There 196

3 Responses to Questions 199

Afterword: A Snowflake Dissolving in Pure Air 231


1 OSHO International Foundation 260

2 OSHO International Meditation Resort 261

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