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Zorba the Buddha"Sex, Spirituality, and Capitalism in the Global Osho Movement"$
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Hugh B. Urban

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780520286665

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520286665.001.0001

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The Spiritual Logic of Late Capitalism

(p.179) Conclusion
Zorba the Buddha

Hugh B. Urban

University of California Press

This concluding chapter dicusses Osho-Rajneesh's legacy and the impact of his life, teachings, and broader movement on the global dynamics of spirituality in the twenty-first century. Although Osho-Rajneesh himself died over twenty years ago, his influence has not only persisted but is now pervasive throughout much of contemporary spirituality, particularly the loose and eclectic body of spiritual beliefs and practices collectively labeled “New Age.” His deliberate fusion of the spiritual and the material, the transcendent and the commercial, is ubiquitous throughout New Age literature, giving rise to what some have called “New Age capitalism.” At the same time, Osho-Rajneesh's unique form of Neo-Tantra has been the most important influence in the transformation of traditional Hindu and Buddhist Tantra into the “spiritual sex” that has been so widely popularized since the 1970s.

Keywords:   Osho-Rajneesh, contemporary spirituality, New Age, New Age literature, New Age capitalism, Neo-Tantra, spiritual sex

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