Please note! – we have moved the meditation days back again from DMAC/Coexist to St Michael’s Hall. Coexist is wonderful, but it is noisy! So welcome if you have arrived on this page, and, all future events are at St Michael’s Hall.
Here’s what an someone (an actual real someone) said about coming to one of our meditation days for the first time:
I had never done a meditation class like this before, so was quite anxious about the whole thing. I still felt completely out of my comfort zone when Islam described what we were going to be doing. Strangely though, within 5 minutes of starting, I felt completely safe and really let myself get into the whole liberating experience. I couldn’t believe how quickly my energy levels increased and my stress levels decreased as the day progressed.
I feel I made more progress with stress and anxiety that day, than I have with 6 months of counselling and I couldn’t believe how calmer and clear minded I was 4 days later, doing my stressful job. I will be doing dynamic on a regular basis from now on, as I know, its now vital to my well being. Thank you so much for introducing me to this wonderful, simple and yet unbelievably effective technique. Elise.
In Osho’s vision, meditation – the search for the peace that passes understanding – is not divorced from life, love, dance and laughter. It is part of them.
Osho calls his multidimensional vision “Zorba the Buddha.” Zorba, taken from Nikos Kazantzakis’s novel Zorba the Greek, represents love, love of life, and passion for physical existence. Buddha represents the treasurehouse of silent bliss deep within our beings. Osho’s vision is to bring those two polarities together as one, not two, in our lives. For Osho, meditation is alive. Meditation is the intimate partner of love, and the wellspring of creativity.
Hence my whole teaching consists of two words, “meditation” and “love.” Meditate so that you can feel immense silence, and love so that your life can become a song, a dance, a celebration. You will have to move between the two, and if you can move easily, you have learned the greatest thing in life.
Osho, Come, Come Yet Again Come Ch 8
Meditation makes people creative. If it does not make you creative, it is not meditation; it must be something else. … Meditation is bound to create such creative energy. … Meditation takes you to your being, but then what will you do? It is tremendously beautiful — that space is beautiful — but that very space needs to be shared. So somebody will start dancing, somebody will start composing music, somebody will do poetry, somebody will do painting. And if a man like me comes who cannot do anything, he will go on talking (laughter). But something has to be done.
Osho, God Is Not For Sale Ch 24
Osho also didn’t see meditation as isolated from society. He is perhaps the only contemporary enlightened teacher to express a radical vision of social transformation, based on individuals themselves transformed through radical meditation.
At the bottom of this page is a longer quotation on meditation, revolution and what Osho termed “rebellion”.
The complete collection of all Osho’s talks is available free to browse online and it’s an amazing resource. Have a look: www.osho.com/library
There is more information on Osho Active Meditations on the “What are Active Meditations?” link on the top left menu.
- Everyone is welcome at all Osho Meditation Bristol meditation classes.
- The meditations are stand-alone experiences, and there is no need to have any interest in Osho or his teachings.
- Each meditation class is complete in itself.
- You are welcome to drop in, or to attend regularly.
- All classes are suitable for newcomers or for experienced meditators.
- Please allow time for parking and be early; it’s not possible to enter once the first meditation has started.
- Please read the Practical Information page.
The first thing to be understood is the difference between rebellion and revolution.
Revolution is an organized effort to change the society forcibly, violently. But the trouble is, you cannot change the society through violence, because it is violence that is the very life current of the society. That’s why all the revolutions have failed. And there is no possibility of any revolution succeeding, ever.
Rebellion is individual, nonviolent, peaceful. It is out of love. Rebellion is not against something, but for something. Revolution is against something, but not for something. Revolution is so much engaged in being against, it forgets for what all this fuss is being made. It is anger. But anger cannot create a better society. Rebellion is not oriented against the society, but is oriented towards a new man, a new humanity.
Rebellion is a spiritual phenomenon.
It is not against the society as such; it is simply the intelligence that shows that this society is dead, that this society is incapable of giving birth to a new human being, that it is spent, that it is almost on the verge of global suicide. It needs compassion; it does not need anger.
The rebel can do only one thing…. He is not going to organize, because the moment you organize you have to follow the same patterns as the society you are going to oppose; and you have to follow the same language, the same patterns, structures, that the society has practiced for so long.
The rebel can do only one thing: he can transform himself into the new man, he can become his own vision. That is the only proof that his vision is not a dream. The rebel starts transforming his vision into a reality.
I want you all to be rebellious.
Osho, From Bondage To Freedom, Ch 37