The statement that he had two circles of pupils, the exoteric and the esoteric has given rise to much controversy.
The former were called his esoteric, the latter his exoteric, discourses.
It seems that the Theosophical Society is composed of two bodies, the exoteric and the esoteric.
With the teachers of exoteric knowledge it is 'Obey or be damned!'
The Essenes had their "exoteric" and their "Esoteric" doctrines.
His friend Rodbertus said there was an esoteric and an exoteric Lassalle.
We thus learn, from the example furnished by Aristotle himself, what he means by exoteric discourses.
A specimen of "esoteric" and "exoteric" Buddhism;—the Buddha Tatkagata.
They are exoteric, now from the people's point of view, now from that of the priests.
It is easy to point out the different modes of government, and we have already settled them in our exoteric discourses.
exoteric ex·o·ter·ic (ěk'sə-těr'ĭk)
Arising outside the organism; of external origin.