Dharma Wheel

A Buddhist discussion forum on Mahayana and Vajrayana Buddhism
It is currently Mon Dec 22, 2014 2:34 pm

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Forum rules


Please click here to view the forum rules



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 1:06 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:04 pm
Posts: 5769
I grew up in Oregon. I was a child in the early 1980s, coming to adolescence when Rajneeshpuram was in the news All Day Long. Here's a recent article explaining that phenomenon.

http://www.oregonlive.com/rajneesh/#incart_hbx

Watching this stuff on the news was my first exposure to the concept of a guru, to meditation, and to spiritual practice in a group. Since then, I've met committed Buddhists in North America who had been or in some ways still remain committed to the Rajneesh/Osho project.

In fact I've been invited to teach at a campus meditation group in which the regular teacher uses Osho's stuff. (We'll be doing something else on my watch.)

I bring it up here because I think this experience is useful to keep in our public memory. If you want to understand the context in which we practice now, this is an important moment in the history that produced this now. When did the 1970s really die?

_________________
Need help getting on retreat? Want to support others in practice? Pay the Dana for Dharma forum a visit...

viewtopic.php?f=114&t=13727


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:13 pm 
Offline
Former staff member
User avatar

Joined: Fri May 14, 2010 9:27 pm
Posts: 10289
Location: Greece
We have a large Osho centre here on the island which only really functions during the summer. They also have a beachside bar and a number of shops in the village near the centre.

Contact with Oshoites always leaves me with a nasty slimey feeling. Up until now I had some idea that something about the organisation is not quite right. Now I know!

Thanks for that Jikan. A real eye opener!
:namaste:

_________________
"My religion is not deceiving myself."
Jetsun Milarepa 1052-1135 CE


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 2:31 pm 
Offline
Site Admin

Joined: Tue Jul 13, 2010 5:04 pm
Posts: 5769
It's a fascinating scene and a very interesting moment historically: as Rajneeshpuram was crumbling, Da Free John (Adi Da, Da Avadhoota, &c) was on the news for his "crazy wisdom" excesses... and (don't know if I want to bring this up) the troubles internal to Shambhala were ripening.

A particular style of teaching, the outlandish thing, came to a close by the end of that decade.



Last thought: the landscape in Central Oregon is absolutely stunning. One of the most beautiful places. Surprisingly isolated too.

_________________
Need help getting on retreat? Want to support others in practice? Pay the Dana for Dharma forum a visit...

viewtopic.php?f=114&t=13727


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2011 3:29 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Feb 25, 2010 10:41 am
Posts: 2776
Quote:
When did the 1970s really die?

When men stopped wearing the bell bottoms....

_________________
TWTB BIES OCB DDM BWF


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:38 pm 
Online
Former staff member
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:29 pm
Posts: 4612
Location: Baltimore, MD
Jikan wrote:
When did the 1970s really die?


John Lennon's assassination in 1980 (and I was not a Lennon fan and didn't understand his great work for peac at the time).

Kirt

_________________
Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:44 pm 
Online
Former staff member
User avatar

Joined: Mon Jan 18, 2010 5:29 pm
Posts: 4612
Location: Baltimore, MD
Jikan wrote:
It's a fascinating scene and a very interesting moment historically: as Rajneeshpuram was crumbling, Da Free John (Adi Da, Da Avadhoota, &c) was on the news for his "crazy wisdom" excesses... and (don't know if I want to bring this up) the troubles internal to Shambhala were ripening.

A particular style of teaching, the outlandish thing, came to a close by the end of that decade.


In Germany I ran around with some young Germans in Cologne when I had time off - generally one of the recurrent discussions was Sheela and Rajneesh.

However your observation that basically this kind of outlandish teaching style was coming to an end - across the board (across faith systems) there can be these kinds of similar trends/similar concerns - they stem from deep rooted societal patterns.

Quote:
Last thought: the landscape in Central Oregon is absolutely stunning. One of the most beautiful places. Surprisingly isolated too.


Hmmm .... can I get an acre for $500 and live off of it in a tent/tipi for a year or two?

Kirt

_________________
Kirt's Tibetan Translation Notes

"Only you can make your mind beautiful."
HH Chetsang Rinpoche


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 6 posts ] 

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 9 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group