Further information on Osho: The comprehensive resource is Osho.com. The Bristol Osho website has a listing and review for newcomers of all Osho resources at https://www.osho-meditation-bristol.co.uk/newcomers-osho-overview/
For complete newcomers to Osho, the new book/audiobook A Course in Meditation: A 21-Day Workout for Your Consciousness is a very good introduction to Osho’s approach.
Everyone is welcome at these London weekend meditation retreats, whether you are new to Osho’s work or very familiar. For new people, here is some background.
Osho is an extraordinary figure, a Gautam Buddha of this age. (Osho left His body in 1991 but said “never speak of me in the past tense.”)
Gautam Buddha laid out a systematic path, that fitted with his era of humanity, towards spiritual liberation. Osho has done the same for the modern mind. His methods are different, but the goal is identical.
Osho loves Gautam Buddha and spoke more on Buddha than any other sage. However He says that Buddha’s vision is dry and lacks aliveness. Osho calls His own vision of transformed humanity “Zorba the Buddha” – the aliveness of Zorba the Greek plus with the transcendence of Gautam Buddha.
Osho realised that the modern mind finds it really hard to enter withinwards into the inner treasures within our being. Uniquely among contemporary spiritual teachers, Osho invented a wide range of meditation techniques specifically for the modern mind, the Osho Active Meditations. Osho also made groundbreaking use of Western therapy techniques as part of the spiritual journey, and invented further “therapy meditations” half way on the journey between meditation and therapy.
He has answered universal questions common to all meditators, giving answers that fit with the psychology and needs of contemporary seekers.
Again unique among spiritual teachers, Osho’s vision is not just of individuals enlightened, but the whole planet transformed by the understanding “I am not”. Perhaps no mystic in history, not even Gautam Buddha, has set themselves so great a task.
In Osho’s vision, the old organised religions are false and stand discredited, imposing conditioning on the mind rather than bringing liberation, and belief plays no part whatsoever in His teachings. To avoid doubt, Osho’s work is about our individual path as seekers. It is specifically not any form of membership organisation, new religion or cult, and is also specifically not in any way about worshipping or believing in Osho. He specifically did not wish to be interpreted by our minds as any kind of saviour or messiah.
Osho spoke to bring down the roof of the temples of the old traditions. As a result he was controversial for many and indeed hated by some.
At the same time he spoke to bring alive the teachings of many hundreds of spiritual teachers whose work, though vital and alive, is unknown or misunderstood in the modern world. There is a list at http://www.oshoworld.com/osho_now/speaks_mystics.asp
His work continues to deeply transform the lives of very many people around the world.
On a practical note, Osho did not favour the term “mindfulness” but these weekends are of course mindfulness retreats.