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Bare-chested Bodhisattva

My brother gave Barnes & Noble gift cards to my parents this Christmas, and my mother is enthralled by the Kindle, so I've been shopping around for a new family. I'd like my new family to be financially secure, broad-minded, and happy. They should also be here in Oregon, because I don't want to have to get a new driver's license photo taken.

Focusing on these criteria, I think I've found my new family in the pages of the book This Very Place the Lotus Paradise.

These people are so happy! What could be better than greeting your spiritual leader with flowers and song as he drives by in his Rolls Royce?

Or helping with his travel plans by painting one of his airplanes?

Or lining up along the dirt road in anticipation of his driving by in a(nother) Rolls Royce?

Or taking part in the first documented bioterror attack in the U.S.?

The Bagwan Shree Rajneesh — later rebranded as Osho — was deported from the U.S. and eventually went back to Pune, India. Now the site of a beautifully appointed retreat, the Osho community location in Pune has a web presence that could just as easily represent an upscale day spa or meditation center in Tucson.

I'm 25 years too late to join the family group at Rajneeshpuram, Oregon. Perhaps I'll just meditate on forgiveness.

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Kirsten Berg has worked as a used book buyer for Powell's for more than 10 years. She is experienced with technical and general reading material, and enjoys working with out-of-print and rare material the most.

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5 Responses to "Bare-chested Bodhisattva"

    lynnr January 13th, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    You have my sympathies; I recently had to disown one brother and sister-in-law over their Kindle use (really he has no excuses-two of his siblings work here at Powell's!). Personally, I think Amazon put some kind of subliminal message in the Kindle to make people keep coming back for more. (Why didn't we think of that?)

    For me, I can't see taking a Kindle to read in bed. There's just something about waking up in the middle of the night with the wonderful smell of a book in my face that I love.

    Carlam January 13th, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Good to have you back in such find form.. We missed you.. Still looking for a family? We can adopt you! No Barnes & Noble gift cards or Kindle here...

    manwith7talents January 13th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    At least he had a good set of pecs.

    Q February 17th, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Good job on exposing this conman known as Osho.

    Day Spa in Perth October 27th, 2011 at 6:40 pm

    The Bagwan Shree Rajneesh — later rebranded as Osho — was deported from the U.S. and eventually went back to Pune, India.

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