A guide to Osho in the UK for complete newcomers

This page is not a summary of Osho’s philosophy – best get that from him. It’s a practical guide to how to find out more about Osho, and take part in Osho activities.

To explore Osho, we strongly suggest that you start by subscribing to Osho Radio on osho.com. At the latte-a-month cost of $25 per year this lets you listen 24/365 to his unique and insightful expression on every topic of interest to a seeker. The other subscriptions (eg to videos) are also very good value. If you are a seeker then this is perhaps the best gift you can give your life.

Without subscribing, there are many other excellent free resources on  Osho.com including selected video extracts. Truth to tell, the Osho .com site is a bit hard to navigate, and you may find it easier to watch the free videos on the osho.com Youtube  channel:
https://www.youtube.com/oshointernational

You can also read many  Osho books free at http://www.osho.com/library/ though you can’t download the books for free and you have to prove you are human irritatingly often – they naturally want people to buy the books!

The Osho Commune in Pune in India remains an amazing, amazing place with a very strong feeling of Osho and his vision. Yes, it’s a long way away, but be open to a visit. See here for travel information.

Osho is not a membership organisation or any kind of sect or cult. There are central foundations, set up by Osho, which publish Osho’s books and videos and run the Meditation Resort in Pune and own the trademarks. Though many Osho meditation activities are affiliated with Pune, there is however no one central organisation for all of Osho’s work and certainly nothing whatever that seekers have to belong to.

Osho was the first enlightened master to use Western therapies of all kinds to clear the garbage out of the mind as a preliminary to meditation. Osho says that while in the time of Buddha people could approach Buddha from a spiritual perspective, modern humanity most often needs a psychological starting point.   So, exploring Osho’s world for most people means doing some therapy groups run by sannyasins or others as well as reading and listening to Osho’s discourses and doing the meditations. There is no central organisation for these therapies; see links below.

It’s important to realise that from Osho’s point of view, these psychological processes are only preliminary ground-clearing. They are part of the Osho method, but they are not in themselves what Osho’s work is about.

There are some wonderful and indeed enlightened people running Osho therapies and meditation workshops. All  bring in their own colouration to Osho’s vision, and resonate most the facet of Osho which they have a natural understanding of. By all means enjoy these teachers and therapists to the fullest. And remember that the core of Osho’s work is Osho, His methods and His expression. You need to connect with that directly.

Therefore the key thing if you want to explore Osho is to listen to his talks, read his books and do his meditations.

In my view the best possible gift you can give your life is to sign up at osho.com today. The entire books are not at all expensive to download as either written or (if originally spoken in English) spoken word. A lot of material is free.

Listen to Osho, read the books, do the meditations. Everything starts there. 

Experiment with the meditations. One suggestion Osho makes is to try a method for 7 days, then decide whether to continue it or to try another. If you continue try it for 21 days, then perhaps for 3 months.

You don’t have to like all the meditations. The Osho method is to find a meditation that fits each meditator, not to force all meditators to fit one method. (As I recall, he also says that sometimes the meditation you don’t like is the one you need to do.)

And of course the Resort site, www.osho.com, is one of the main websites, with very much of interest.

The single best other Osho website is http://www.oshonews.com/. They have a good list of links and if you explore out from their link-page, you’ll come across just about everything in the world of Osho.

The site http://oshoinuk.com/ is the listings site for UK events. Definitely have a look at this.

Another significant website is www.oshoviha.org. They are an Osho centre in the US who publish a magazine, Viha Connection. This contains a lot of human interest articles about people’s experiences with Osho. They also specialise in articles processing issues of significance to the sannyasin community.

There is a big centre in the UK called Osho Leela, (http://www.osholeela.co.uk/).  I have serious reservations about recommending this as an introduction to Osho. One aspect I can recommend is their occasional Osho meditation retreats, run  by a group from outside Leela, The Osho In Uk Team.  Leela also run some Osho-themed celebration events with their assistance.

Unfortunately Leela also run workshops eg the Festival of Conscious Sexuality, by a grab-bag of all sorts of random therapists who have zero understanding or sympathy for Osho.  This is contrary to Osho’s specific wishes for Osho meditation centres. While these may be of value in themselves, this dilutes the Osho vibe of the place and presents a profoundly confused and misleading impression of Osho. In addition, there is a strong emphasis on the psychological therapy of a Holland-based sannyasin therapist called Veeresh whose methods are extremely “yang.”  The world of Osho contains many other very different expressions, including some which are  delicate expressions from the innermost mysteries of the female essence. It is central to Osho’s vision to include and transcend the polarity of the male and female, indeed that exactly is where Osho says godliness is found. It is unfortunate that Leela presents such a one-sidedly male, psychological impression of Osho. It is deeply unfortunate that they have made a decision to no longer watch or listen to Osho except on rare occasions.

That said, Leela is very alive and run some colourful and enjoyable festivals and celebrations and psychological therapy groups. These, as festivals, I recommend.  Leela is an  good resource for psychological growth work  and to meet people and make friends. You have to sit together in silence and listen to Osho elsewhere.

Maneesha James – the  Maneesha who you will often hear reading out the questions and sutras that Osho speaks about – runs a major project on meditative  death and dying and is based here in the UK, though they run few workshops here. That’s https://oshosammasati.org and has very good resources relating to eg having conversations with dying people. Also down in Devon and Cornwall Archa, Sans and Vimlan have another project on the same subject, http://livinganddying.co.uk and they certainly do have workshops in the UK. Both these resources I highly recommend.

Indian and Nepali sannyasins in London organise Osho meditation retreats by, in particular, two visiting meditation leaders, Arun And Ravindra Bharti. These are announced among other places here on this site, and on oshoinuk.com.

Perhaps the biggest Osho website in London is loveosho.com, founded by Chetna and Swaram and now run by Karunesh. Another site is https://oshoactivemeditation.london .  In north London loveosho.com organise good meditation retreats and recommended newcomers evenings in London.

There are two Osho centres in Europe which I personally visit and highly recommend. One is Osho RISK in Denmark (http://www.oshorisk.dk/)  and the other is Osho Miasto in Italy, http://www.oshomiasto.it/  They have the combination of therapy, tantra and inner silence which to me is characteristic of Osho’s work. Check language but I think, RISK: workshops all in English. Miasto: workshops English, or Italian with translation.

I further particularly recommend all workshops run within the Star Sapphire school of therapy (which I belong to) and founded by Sagarpriya Delong  to whom Osho directed some of his foundational guidance about Osho therapy.  Safe, loving, profound, entirely based in Osho’s work and guidance, highly recommended. www.consciousliving.it 

There is an impressive inner-city Osho Therapy Institute in Cologne, Osho Uta, but most of the programmes are run in German. http://www.oshouta.de/

You’ll find other meditation centres by following the links from www.oshonews.com.

Internationally, and with a strong presence in the UK, is the Path of Love aka Path Retreats www.pathretreats.com/     This is created by two other leading sannyasin therapists, Rafia and Turiya. It aims to be a self-contained psychological / spiritual development process / community and rests on an intensive 5-day therapeutic retreat. Not for everyone (ie don’t think “I should like this”) but excellent for those it is right for.

In addition, and I don’t think you’ll find this from the www.oshonews.com links, there are up to maybe a dozen Indian sannyasins of Osho who became enlightened and lead meditation retreats in India. I have no direct experience of these people. Remember that the real teacher is Osho. I wish I could guarantee that no-one out there uses Osho’s name as a catchpenny to attract a crowd, but of course in this mad world that does sometimes happen.

Finally, to repeat, the Osho Commune in Pune in India remains an amazing, amazing place with a very strong feeling of Osho and his vision. Yes, it’s a long way away, but be open to a visit! And there is a page on this site devoted to the practicalities of such a visit, now slightly out of date but still of value.