The Osho Ashram campus is located in Pune, India on 28 acres of tropical oasis where nature and modern day blend seamlessly. White marble pathways through lush foliage lead to elegant black buildings and an Olympic size swimming pool. The ashram is more like a resort providing a luxurious environment where people can be at ease with themselves.
Visitors of all ages come more than 100 different countries to the ashram. The average age of the visitors are the mid thirties with a majority having a university degree. More than 50% are there on their first visit so you needn’t feel that everyone is an alumnus. Children under 18, however, are not encouraged as it is felt that the job of being a parent first will detract from focus on the experience.
While meditation is not required for a stay at the facility-you can choose to relax, swim, take walks on grounds, play tennis or just be-it is the main focus. You don’t need any prior experience with meditation nor will you need to join or become a member of anything for a stay at the ashram. One of the main tenants of meditation and Osho’s teachings is the art of being alone.
Of course, most of the visitors are there to learn more about meditation from many courses and workshops offered each day. There are many different types of meditation offered each day including the traditional quiet, reflective meditation, dancing meditation even Sufi Whirling meditation.
At the meditation resort resides the Osho Multiversity which lays claim to being the largest center in the world for meditation and personal growth. The curriculum encompasses both the western therapy approaches with ancient eastern mysticism and science. Individual and group sessions are offered in Tantra, Zen, Sufism and Meditative therapies. All of the methods used have meditation at their core. The programs range from 1 hour to 3 weeks.
While staying at the ashram itself is preferable it is not mandatory. There are 60 tastefully modern, air conditioned rooms all with double beds and attached baths. Some people opt for less expensive accommodations in nearby Basho and then purchase day passes.
The passes are good from 5:30 A.M. until late night and include entry to the meditations in the auditorium, the Teerth Garden and nightlife. Classes and workshops are extra. You can purchase a pass for 1 day or get a multiple day discount. The restaurant onsite serves high quality vegetarian cuisine.
The wearing of maroon robes is compulsory while at the ashram and can be purchased onsite. The robes are worn during the day and while doing meditation. The purpose of the robes is to create a unifying atmosphere and help to keep the attention on the inner rather than the outer and to create a sense of unity.
There is also a mandatory Aids test of all individuals do at the Welcome Center. There is a small fee for the test and the results are back in 15 minutes. A negative result is required for entrance. From the beginning of the epidemic Osho was aware of the seriousness of the disease and was at the forefront of safe sex.
Before you go:
Pune, at 1840 feet or 560 meters elevation, has a climate that can be very pleasant. It has 3 distinct seasons, summer, monsoon and winter. April is the hottest month with temperatures ranging from 95 to 108 degrees Fahrenheit. (35-42 Celsius). November is typically the nicest. Because of its altitude the nights in Pune are significantly cooler than other parts of India.
The average rainfall is about 22 inches (550 mm) a year with May the rainiest month. Winters are normally dry with daytime temperatures of 75-82 Fahrenheit (24-28 Celsius)
The Osho Ashram is located in Koregaon Park, Pune, India about a 15 minute flight from Mumbai. Koregaon Park is often viewed as the most prestigious place in the city.
Suggested pre-arrival reading includes these books authored by Osho:
1. Meditation: The First and Last Freedom
2. The Book of Secrets 112 Keys to the Mystery Within
3. From Medication to Meditation
4. Meditation: The Art of Ecstasy
While one of Osho’s core teachings is learning to be alone it’s more supportive and fun to share the processes and experiences with someone close so don’t hesitate to bring a friend to the Osho Ashram.
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