Synopses & Reviews
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 (1931and#150;1990). Most Americans today remember him only as the and#147;sex guruand#8221; and the and#147;Rolls Royce guru,and#8221; 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 the post-Independence India of the 1960s to Reaganand#8217;s America of the 1980s and back to a developing new India in the 1990s. The Osho movement not only reflects but critically embodies some of the most important economic and spiritual currents of the last forty years, emerging within and adapting to 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.
About the Author
Hugh B. Urban
is Professor of Comparative Religions, Religions of South Asia, and New Religious Movements at Ohio State University.