Monday, November 19 at 10 p.m.
In the early 1980s, the disciples of an Indian spiritual leader precipitated a storm of angry conflict in Central Oregon. Even today, some 30 years later, any discussion of “Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh” can ignite the emotions of those who found themselves in the thick of it, the people of Wasco and Jefferson counties.
The Bhagwan’s disciples seemed to come with the best of intentions. They expected to immerse themselves in a community of love and shared spirituality. They wanted more out of life, they wanted meaningful experiences, and more than a few hoped to spend the rest of their days at this place.
The Sannyasins, as they called themselves, a well-educated, well-heeled group from all over the globe and built a city on what had been the 100-square-mile Big Muddy Ranch. They called it Rajneeshpuram.
This new one-hour episode of Oregon Experience, Rajneeshpuram, explores the intense, 4-1/2 year lifespan of the Rajneesh community.