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

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Univ of California Press, Jan 12, 2016 - Biography & Autobiography - 264 pages
Zorba the Buddha 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 (1931–1990). Most Americans today remember him only as the “sex guru” and the “Rolls Royce guru,” who built a hugely successful but scandal-ridden utopian community in central Oregon during the 1980s. Yet Osho was arguably the first truly global guru of the twentieth century, creating a large transnational movement that traced a complex global circuit from post-Independence India of the 1960s to Reagan’s America of the 1980s and back to a developing new India in the 1990s. The Osho movement embodies some of the most important economic and spiritual currents of the past forty years, emerging and adapting within an increasingly interconnected and conflicted late-capitalist world order. Based on extensive ethnographic and archival research, Hugh Urban has created a rich and powerful narrative that is a must-read for anyone interested in religion and globalization.
 

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Contents

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh raises his hands
4
Closeup of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh
15
George Ivanovich Gurdjieff
37
Rajneesh and Ma Yoga Laxmi
40
Ma Anand Sheela
41
Beware of Socialism The AntiGandhi and the Early
49
Sannyasins during meditation
59
Rajneesh disciples dance
60
Nuke the Guru antiRajneesh Tshirt
117
AntiRajneesh mock mala made of bullets
118
Rajneesh security force officer
125
Rajneeshpuram AIDS kit
127
Federal marshals escort Rajneesh to bail hearing
131
The Apotheosis of a Fallen Guru in 1990s India
137
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OSHO? The Struggle over Oshos Legacy
155

Sexuality Tantra
76
Thousands of tents fill fields at Rancho Rajneesh
103
Ma Anand Sheela in red
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Ma Anand Sheela walks along as Rajneesh drives
112
Disciples garland Rajneeshs RollsRoyce
113
Swami Satya Vedant presenting Osho books to Narendra Modi
162
Cartoon by Sudi Narayanan 2014
172
Notes
197
Selected Bibliography
237
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Hugh B. Urban is Professor in the Department of Comparative Studies at Ohio State University, where he studies comparative religion, religions of South Asia, and new religious movements.

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