In progress.

Figure 1. Main directions a new religion can move in after the death of its founder. (Barrett 2001, p. 59)

“* Movements can change, or not (stasis). In either case, the outcome can be either stable or unstable. Stable stasis leads to continuation; unstable stasis to dissolution. Stable change leads to reform, perhaps after revolution; unstable change to schism.
* These four outcomes are not mutually exclusive. For example, schisms (D) may occur under the circumstances of (A), (B) or (C), or combinations of these.
* Category (A) accepts that some changes will be inevitable, such as an end to new teachings from the founder and changes in the hierarchy, and also allows for gradual change through evolution over the years.
* Category (B) may be relatively quick – a few months, or a year or two – or relatively slow – for example, until the death of the last member alive at the founder’s death.
* It is possible for the original movement either to continue the same (A) or to fade and die (B) while a splinter group (D) under a powerful leader (C) thrives.” (Barrett 2010, p. 59. Chapter Six: After the Prophet Dies. How movements change)

Photo 1. Disciples meditating in Osho’s Samadhi. Renamed Chuang Tzu meditation Hall August 2018.


If you can celebrate this moment,
you can become the same as I am.

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