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Osho Rajneesh
Fox, Judith M., 1958-
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Osho Rajneesh e il suo movimento. English
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[Salt Lake City, Utah?] : Signature Books in cooperation with CESNUR (Center for Studies on New Religion), [2001]

[2001] c2000
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viii, 54 pages, 11 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm.
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Authentic religious experience includes both meditation and celebration, according to the twentieth-century Indian guru Osho Rajneesh (1931-90). Blending Tantra, Zen, and Western psychotherapy into his teachings, Osho produced incisive commentaries on religious mysticism and devised unique, active meditation that elicited emotional catharsis.

Highly unorthodox, he courted controversy and was condemned for being a sex guru. His Oregon headquarters, Rajneeshpuram, proved to be a short-lived utopia that provoked antagonism and only added to his notoriety. But his ashram in Poona, India, continues to thrive, as do Osho centers in Europe and elsewhere. His adherents number in the thousands. His books have become bestsellers around the globe."

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Judith M. Fox holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from the London School of Economics, University of London. For more than twenty years, she has researched new religions, culminating in such books as The Way of the Heart: A Study of Rajneeshism and Sahaja Yoga. She lives in Massachussetts.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Signature continues its valuable Studies in Contemporary Religion series with Osho Rajneesh, a brief synopsis of the controversial spiritual leader who is usually known as "Osho." The larger-than-life founder of Dynamic Meditation, Osho (1931-1990) attracted thousands of followers while also infuriating various members of established religious traditions with his flagrant sexuality, egotistical attitudes and indulgent materialism. Author Judith Fox does surprising justice to Osho in a succinct (fewer than 60 pages) but balanced treatment, presenting an accessible introduction to the infamous guru. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved



PREFACE This book provides a brief introduction to the controversial guru Osho Rajneesh, also known as Bhagwan. Reflecting some twenty years of contact with his followers, it also draws upon his books and those of his adherents, ex-members, and other academics and commentators, as well as from a wealth of media, video, and internet material. Writing more than ten years after his death, I find it difficult to predict if Osho left a lasting legacy or if his movement, like so many others, will eventually disappear. Nevertheless, during his lifetime his impact was dramatic. My aim, in the space available, has been to convey an impression of the man and his movement by representing a number of different views of his life and teachings. One of the challenges of producing such an account is dealing with the inconsistency that Osho often displayed, leading to a wide range of interpretations. For this reason, I have necessarily had to be selective. Spiritual teachers sometimes change either their name or the name of their movement to better fit the mood of the times. Osho, likewise, adopted and shed a number of titles during his career. As "Osho" was the last he assumed, I refer to him by this name for much of the book. However, when describing historical events, I use the name that was in usage at the time. This may be mildly confusing, but I have thought it best to remain as consistent as possible to the historical record. My thanks to everyone who contributed to this book and especially to those "lovers" of Osho who made it possible. Excerpted from Osho Rajneesh: Studies in Contemporary Religion by Judith M. Fox All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
1. From Tantra to Zenp. 1
2. The Early Yearsp. 9
3. "An Experiment to Provoke God"p. 15
4. The Rise and Fall of Sheelap. 23
5. Poona Revisitedp. 31
6. "I Leave You My Dream"p. 39
7. A Master of Provocationp. 47
Bibliography of Sources Citedp. 53