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Rajneeshpuram an Oregon Experience, The Rajneesh

Broadcasts: November 25, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], November 27, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV], June 16, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], June 18, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV], January 19, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], January 21, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV], October 26, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], October 28, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV], December 26, 9:00 p.m. [OPB TV], December 28, 2:00 a.m. [OPB TV]


In 1981, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a spiritual leader from India, and thousands of his disciples, set out to build a new city, a utopian community in the desert -- Rajneeshpuram -- on what had been the Big Muddy Ranch in Eastern Oregon. Thousands of people from around the world gathered here to celebrate life and transform the landscape. But by 1986, they were gone.

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OPB | Nov. 19, 2012 8 p.m.

In 1981, Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a spiritual leader from India, and thousands of his disciples moved to Wasco and Jefferson Counties. On what had been the Big Muddy Ranch, the “sannyasins” set out to build a new city, a utopian community in the desert -- Rajneeshpuram. Thousands of people from around the world gathered here to celebrate life. They worked hard and transformed the landscape. And more than a few hoped to spend the rest of their days at this place. But by 1986, they were gone.

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