LoveOsho podcast E117 Vikrant (part 2)

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This is one of the LoveOsho podcasts. It was recorded on 15 December 2020.

Episode E117: How Osho changed modern psychology (part 2)
with Sw Anand Vikrant
listen to the interview: or click to play in your browser.

Vikrant dedicated 10 years to a research project documenting how Osho influenced contemporary psychotherapy and modern psychology. He tells the story of how the leaders of the Human Potential Movement learned from Osho and developed innovative therapy groups under Osho’s guidance. It is a systematic, accurate and evidence-based account of how most of the modern therapies practised today derive from the daring and pioneering work of the Human Potential Development therapists who were deeply impacted by Osho.
This is the second of a 4-part-series investigating how Osho transformed modern psychology, in which we discuss the period of time spanning from 1981 to 1987.
Today our guest is Swami Anand Vikrant. Vikrant took sannyas in 1988 and is a counsellor and psychotherapist, trained at Northern Illinois University, USA, and Osho Multiversity, Pune, India. Vikrant is a member of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, Transpersonal Psychology, and the Association for Body Psychotherapy. Vikrant is the author of 6 books and numerous articles on the awakening of consciousness and personal development. Vikrant has taught in various psychology programs including the Department of Counselling, Adult and Health Education at Northern Illinois University, USA. He is a former research consultant on Active Meditations in Sydney, Australia, and has been training therapists and facilitators in humanistic-transpersonal psychology for more than 20 years. Vikrant is the founder of the Experiential Center for Human Development and the creator of the "Returning to the Source" workshop, Biodynamic Structural Massage, and Somatic Emotional Processing.

Here is what you will learn in this episode:
  • 03.30 - The Counsellor Training and Rajneesh International Meditation University
  • 08.40 - The therapists move to KP’s commune in California
  • 10.40 - The Rajneesh International Meditation University in Oregon USA
  • 13.00 - Osho trains the therapists to be without a formal structure
  • 17.35 - Osho’s academic meditation curriculum
  • 23.00 - Some leading therapists move away from Osho
  • 38.40 - Sheela’s lies whilst Osho is in silence
  • 41.20 - The psychology of the Buddhas vs transpersonal psychology
  • 48.10 - Therapy vs meditation
  • 52.00 - Osho’s criticism of Assagioli and Psychosynthesis
  • 57.00 - Osho is a Master Psychologist
Music and Voice by Chinmaya Dunster

see also
Vikrant’s website
Vikrant’s book in Spanish
The LoveOsho podcasts