One of the most fun parts of the new meditation center that has opened in Boulder, Colorado, is the number of new people showing up to get a taste of Osho. In making Osho available to people, there is a sense of rediscovering our sannyas and our own relationship with Osho and meditation and that this is a good and real work, renewing our path and ourselves as we all enter more and more in the stream of sannyas.
For several years the community had agreed that it was time to upgrade the Osho Meditation Center. The center, which included a meditation room, library, and several session rooms, had been in the same space for almost 15 years. And even though there had been so many meditations, celebrations, weekend groups, death celebrations, and a strong buddhafield experience, it was time for something new. As we all know, Osho is forever for the new and fresh and for change.
First, we decided to change the name of the center to Osho Leela Center for Transformation. Leela is the legal name of the non-profit organization, and we wanted to expand the center name to include the concept of more than just meditation, to that of total transformation. Second, after much searching and several misses, a new space was found in town that was at least double the current space at – amazingly enough – half the rent. The new space was funky and needed work, but the decision was made to go for it. Once the papers had been signed it was exciting to see the response of the community. So many people came out in force and helped to organize the move as well as help remodel and fix the new space! After several weekend work camps and lots of painting, cleaning, tearing down walls, planting gardens, and putting in new lights, the new center opened with a dance party and meditation weekend.
Once the new center was opened, it quickly became more than just a freshly painted room. It began to have the feel and vibe of the buddhafield and a palpable energy. It was as though we somehow managed to bring the years and years of meditation, self-exploration work, and Osho presence with us and install it in the new center. There was very little gap, and the new space began to have that silent hummmmm, that buddhafield energy, which takes one deep into meditation and silence.
One of the most beautiful and rewarding parts of this whole process has been seeing the new faces showing up to see what this guy Osho is all about and to try His meditations. It has been fun to welcome new people coming into the center who have read a book about Osho or have seen a video on YouTube. Or they might have done a therapy group that used one of the active meditations and wanted to find out more. A number of these people began coming to the new center on a regular basis, and after several months of trying Osho meditations and participating in spiritual study groups and Path of Love sharing evenings, eight of them decided to take sannyas, culminating this last December 11 in a live-music sannyas initiation.
The meditation and initiation celebration was explosive and strong and touched our hearts deeply, old friends and new friends alike. The new people who have jumped seem very sincere, earnest, and mature – real seekers on the spiritual path, ready to take the jump into the unknown and into sannyas.
What has been interesting and rewarding for many of us “old-timers” to see is that Osho is still so relevant to people seeking today. There is much suffering in the world, and it doesn’t take much intelligence to look around and think that this life doesn’t make any sense. From this idea, many people seem to be looking for something to give them a direction or a sense of meaning. Just as many of us, years ago, were thirsty and looking for a direction and a spiritual path, people today are beginning to explore the ways of spirit and to look and seek for guidance.
In light of that, it is clear that the call of the mystic still comes through, and people seem to find their way to Osho in magical ways that are hard to understand. They have found the path, and all there is to do is walk it. As many of us know, this is a lifelong journey of unimaginable richness, color, and beauty.
In making Osho available to people, there is a sense of rediscovering our sannyas and our own relationship with Osho and meditation and that this is a good and real work, renewing our path and ourselves as we all enter more and more in the stream of sannyas.