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When Leaders Dissolve: Considering Controversy and Stagnation in the Osho Rajneesh Movement

Marion S. Goldman

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780195156829
eISBN:
9780199784806
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019515682X.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

This essay considers the history and philosophy of the Osho Rajneesh movement, beginning in India in the 1970s through to the current phase. This serves as a background for examining the ways in ... More


Making and Staking Sacred Terrain: Rajneeshee and Diasporic Hindu Settlers and Unsettlers

Corinne G. Dempsey

in Bringing the Sacred Down to Earth: Adventures in Comparative Religion

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2012
ISBN:
9780199860333
eISBN:
9780199919598
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199860333.003.0004
Subject:
Religion, Religion and Society

Chapter 3 explores traditions that confer sacred meaning and power onto landscapes; the communities compared—one largely Euroamerican and the other South Asian—both strove to transplant their South ... More


Zorba the Buddha: "Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement"

Hugh B. Urban

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520286665
eISBN:
9780520961777
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286665.001.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This book is the first comprehensive study of the life, teachings, and following of the controversial Indian guru known in his youth as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh and in his later years as Osho ... More


Introduction: Gurus, God-Men, and Globalization

Hugh B. Urban

in Zorba the Buddha: "Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520286665
eISBN:
9780520961777
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286665.003.0001
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This introductory chapter provides a background of the Osho-Rajneesh movement. Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh began teaching in India during the 1960s and 1970s, as new waves of global tourists, spiritual ... More


The Cult of Ecstasy: Meldings of East and West in a New Age of Tantra

Hugh B. Urban

in Tantra: Sex, Secrecy, Politics, and Power in the Study of Religion

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520230620
eISBN:
9780520936898
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520230620.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Religious Studies

Tantra has emerged as a “cult of ecstasy”: an ideal wedding of sexuality and spirituality that provides a much needed corrective to the prudish, repressive, modern West. In the process, it has also ... More


“India’s Most Dangerous Guru”: Rajneesh and India after Independence

Hugh B. Urban

in Zorba the Buddha: "Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520286665
eISBN:
9780520961777
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286665.003.0002
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter traces the emergence of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh as a hugely popular but also tremendously controversial spiritual leader in the decades following India's independence. After achieving ... More


“Beware of Socialism!”: The “Anti-Gandhi” and the Early Rajneesh Community in the 1970s

Hugh B. Urban

in Zorba the Buddha: "Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520286665
eISBN:
9780520961777
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286665.003.0003
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This chapter situates Rajneesh's early movement amid the debates over Indian religion, society, and economy in the late 1960s. Not only did Rajneesh make a name for himself through his iconoclastic ... More


Conclusion: The Spiritual Logic of Late Capitalism

Hugh B. Urban

in Zorba the Buddha: "Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement"

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780520286665
eISBN:
9780520961777
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520286665.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Hinduism

This concluding chapter dicusses Osho-Rajneesh's legacy and the impact of his life, teachings, and broader movement on the global dynamics of spirituality in the twenty-first century. Although ... More


Controversy, Cultural Influence, and the Osho/Rajneesh Movement

Marion S. Goldman

in Controversial New Religions

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199315314
eISBN:
9780190258245
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199315314.003.0012
Subject:
Religion, World Religions

The Osho movement has become a pervasive cultural force in the United States and throughout the world despite the fact that its formal membership has declined after reaching its peak in the late ... More


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