(aka Richard Alpert)
(2008, CD) by Ram Dass and Kriece
Music, sound, chanting etc.
See also other work by Ram Dass & Kriece.
Beginning with his controversial psychedelic research at
Harvard in the sixties, the life of Ram Dass has served as an "experiment in
truth," encompassing paths from both East and West, and shaping the
spiritual landscape of America like no other teacher of our time. After
three decades, and despite a life-threatening stroke, Ram Dass continues to
move us with his example of compassion in action, and the true joy that
comes with living in the present. Now, in a unique audio publishing event,
the great moments -- and great truths -- of this important spiritual elder's
long career are preserved together for the first time on the Ram Dass
The Ram Dass Audio Collection
(2007, CD, Audiobook)
Join the bestselling author of such spiritual classics as Be Here Now!
and How Can I Help -- for three life-changing audio sessions
Conscious Aging -- Ram Dass calls for us to
move beyond our youth-fixated culture, to see that the final years of life
are the culmination of our spiritual journey.
The Path of Service -- In our era of
individualism, Ram Dass teaches, the path to internal freedom still begins
with external action, in the service of others.
Conscious Aging is an unforgettable learning
session with Ram Dass, the former Harvard professor whose teachings about
love, compassion, and sacrifice have received international acclaim. On this
live recording, Ram Dass brings into focus one of the great issues of our
day: the fear of aging and death. Exhaustively probing both Eastern and
Western spiritual traditions, he offers wisdom tempered with reality. His
point --when you lose your fear of death, you gain a love for life -- holds
profound meaning for the young and old. Here is a spiritual discussion about
moving beyond our youth-fixated culture, to a place where we can see clearly
that the final years of life can be just as creative and fulfilling as the
early years. Conscious Aging is a masterwork that will speak to you
personally about living each day with an open heart, knowing that the most
incredible stage of your experience has yet to come.
(2006, CD, Audiobook)
Part One: Finding and Exploring your Spiritual Path, Ram
Dass speaks from the heart with wisdom gained from a lifetime spent on the
path to enlightenment about the often rocky yet profoundly transforming road
to living the spiritual life.
A Spiritual Journey by Ram Dass
(2005, CD, Audiobook)
Telling his story in “three chapters,” Ram Dass explains
how he moved from the structured academic world to wide-open experiences
with psychedelics (and Timothy Leary). This thirst for knowledge led him to
India, where he encountered a man who taught him to “just be here now.”
Here We All Are
(2005, CD, Abridged)
Ram Dass shares with us how we can all attain a state of well-being. The
result is that we’ll become more centered, and we’ll learn to see the God in
each other, which ultimately leads to an overwhelming sense of oneness with,
and love for, our fellow humans.
Ram Dass: Evolving Wisdom Four Decades of Spiritual Wisdom (The Middle Decade 1975-1985, Volume 2) (2005,
Meditations on the Gita by Ram Dass
(2004, CD, Import)
The Chord of Love
In Their Own Words
(2001, Audio Cassette, Abridged)
In February of 1997, Ram Dass suffered a debilitating
stroke that left him struggling to speak again to the generation that he so
inspired. For over 30 years his life has served as a spiritual laboratory,
where he has explored many paths from both East and West in his attempt to
understand the nature of consciousness. Along the way, Ram Dass has touched
thousands of seekers with his personal search for greater truths. From the
beginning, this respected teacher's retreat talks and lectures have been
meticulously recorded and archived. Experiments in Truth is a historic
collection of Ram Dass' most important recordings, hand-picked and presented
here together for the first time. In the early '60s, a young Harvard professor
known then as Richard Alpert sought truth and a way to inner consciousness
through renegade psychedelic explorations. Disappointed with the short-lived
results, Alpert traveled to India where he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, who
instructed him to love everyone and tell the truth. Richard Alpert returned
to America as Ram Dass to share the fruit of his search, teaching that through
the practice of love and service, it is possible to awaken to an awareness of
what our lives are truly about. Stepping beyond the Mind through Love and
Service On Experiments in Truth, you will join this pioneer of engaged
spirituality in America and master storyteller for eight inspiring lectures,
each one a gem of humor, insight, and intelligence about the spiritual journey
today. Here is real-life wisdom for people of all faiths and all walks of
Experiments in Truth: Sounds True Learning Course
(1998, 8 CDs)
Discover and Live a Life of Spiritual Fulfillment
Finding and Exploring Your Spiritual Path: An Exploration of the Pleasures and Perils of Seeking Personal Enlightenment
(1989, Audio Cassette)
With wisdom gained from his personal 30-year search for enlightenment, Ram
Dass speaks from the heart about the often rocky yet profoundly transforming
road to living the spiritual life.
With personal anecdotes and commentary, Ram Dass illuminates a wide variety of
ancient and contemporary philosophies, drawing from such sources as the
Buddha, Russian philosopher Gurdjieff, Mahatma Ghandi, Zen master and many
others. Here is down-to-earth advice from both the East and West on the
experiences awaiting those on the path to spiritual fulfillment.
The stages along the spiritual journey
The pleasures and pitfalls you might
encounter en route
The value and potential dangers of teachers
The importance of following your intuitive
If you are a serious seeker of the spiritual
path, here is advice and encouragement on finding the one that is right for
you. If your interest lies in the people and ideas that shape the way we
think, here is an introduction to one of the most influential contemporary
Baba Ram Dass At The University of Florida
(1973, 3 Audio Cassettes)
For centuries, readers have turned to the Bhagavad Gita
for inspiration and guidance as they chart their own spiritual paths. As
profound and powerful as this classic text has been for generations of seekers,
integrating its lessons into the ordinary patterns of our lives can ultimately
seem beyond our reach. Now, in a fascinating series of reflections, anecdotes,
stories, and exercises, Ram Dass gives us a unique and accessible road map for
experiencing divinity in everyday life. In the engaging, conversational style
that has made his teachings so popular for decades, Ram Dass traces our journey
of consciousness as it is reflected in one of Hinduism's most sacred texts. The
Gita teaches a system of yogas, or "paths for coming to union with God."
Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita
by Ram Dass (2005)
In Paths to God, Ram Dass brings the heart of that system to light for a
Western audience and translates the Gita's principles into the manual for living
the yoga of contemporary life.
While being a guide to the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita, Paths to God is
also a template for expanding our definition of ourselves and allowing us to
appreciate a new level of meaning in our lives.
Ram Dass has always been a master of the one-liner. Here
is the nitty-gritty by the author of Be Here Now—more than 200
penetrating observations and pithy spiritual instructions on such topics as How
It All Is, Love and Devotion, Suffering, Aging, Planes of Consciousness, Death
and Dying, Service and Compassion, Psychedelics, Social Awareness, and
One-Liners: A Mini-Manual for a Spiritual Life
by Ram Dass
“This book is a kind of spiritual brandy, a distillation of the lectures I’ve
given over the course of the past decade or so. These quotes are the little
“aha!” moments, the cameos that have been served up out of our collective
consciousness from time to time that seem to summarize something about our human
journey. I think of this book as something you might have next to the coffeepot
to pick up in the morning, or as something you might tuck into your backpack to
pull out during your bus ride to work, in order to reframe the way you look at
your day.” —Ram Dass
More than thirty years ago, an entire generation sought a
new way of life, looking for fulfillment and meaning in a way no one had before.
Leaving his teaching job at Harvard, Ram Dass embodied the role of spiritual
seeker, showing others how to find peace within themselves in one of the
greatest spiritual classics of the twentieth century, Be Here Now. Now,
as many of that generation enter the autumn of their years, the big questions of
peace and of purpose have returned, demanding answers. And once again, Ram Dass
blazes a new trail, inviting all to join him on the next stage of the journey.
Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying
by Ram Dass
Featuring an eye-catching new cover, this classic guide is
for those ready to commit time and energy to relieving suffering in the world.
No two people are better qualified to help us along this path than Ram Dass, who
has spent more than 25 years teaching and writing on the subject of living
consciously, and Mirabi Bush, who succeeded him as chairperson of the Seva
Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service
with Mirabai Bush
"There can be no biography of him. Facts are few, stories
many. He seems to have been known by different names in many parts of India,
appearing and disappearing through the years. His western devotees of recent
years knew him as 'Neem Karoli Baba,' but mostly as 'Maharajii'--a nickname so
commonplace in India that one can often hear a tea vendor addressed thus. Just
as he said, he was 'Nobody.'
Miracle of Love
He gave no discourses; the briefest, simplest stories were his teachings.
Usually he sat or lay on a wooden bench wrapped in a plaid blanket while a few
devotees sat around him. Visitors came and went; they were given food, a few
words, a nod, a slap on the head or back, and they were sent away. There was
gossip and laughter for he loved to joke. Orders for running the ashram were
given, usually in a piercing yell across the compound. Sometimes he sat in
silence, absorbed in another world to which we could not follow, but bliss and
peace poured down on us. Who he was was no more than the experience of him, the
nectar of his presence, the totality of his absence--enveloping us now like his
plaid blanket. --Anjani
In 1967 I met Neem Karoli Baby, a meeting which changed the course of my life.
In the depth of his compassion, wisdom, humor, power and love I found human
possibility never before imagined...an extraordinary integration of spirit and
I was with him only briefly for he left his body in 1973, still he entered my
heart as living truth, and his presence continues to enrich and guide my life.
-- Ram Dass
Ram Dass is an American psychologist and spiritual teacher
who has studied and practiced meditation for many years. Here he shares his
understanding and explores the many paths of meditation--from mantra, prayer,
singing, visualizations, and "just sitting" to movement meditations such as tai
chi--and suggests how you can find methods suitable for you. He illuminates the
stages and benefits of meditative practice, and provides wise and often humorous
advice on overcoming difficulties along the way.
Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook
Not a day goes by without our being called upon to help one another--at home, at
work, on the street, on the phone. . . . We do what we can. Yet so much comes up
to complicate this natural response: "Will I have what it takes?" "How much is
enough?" "How can I deal with suffering?" "And what really helps, anyway?"
How Can I Help? Stories and Reflection on Service
In this practical helper's companion, the authors explore a path through these
confusions, and provide support and inspiration fo us in our efforts as members
of the helping professions, as volunteers, as community activists, or simply as
friends and family trying to meet each other's needs. Here too are deeply moving
personal accounts: A housewife brings zoo animals to lift the spirits of nursing
home residents; a nun tends the wounded on the first night of the Nicaraguan
revolution; a police officer talks a desperate father out of leaping from a roof
with his child; a nurse allows an infant to spend its last moments of life in
her arms rather than on a hospital machine. From many such stories and the
authors' reflections, we can find strength, clarity, and wisdom for those times
when we are called on to care for one another. How Can I Help? reminds us
just how much we have to give and how doing so can lead to some of the most
joyous moments of our lives.
"Everyone has experienced a moment of pure awareness. Such
moments bring a sense of rightness, of clarity, of being at one. Such moments
are the essence of meditation."--Ram Dass
Journey of Awakening
Why meditate? To live in the moment. To dwell in the harmony of things. To
awaken. Those moments in your life when there was an openness, a spacious
quality to your existence-- those are the moments that truly make life
remarkable. Creating those moments is the focus of this program. Introducing you
to practices that increase those meditative moments in your life, until
ultimately your entire life is meditation-in-action.
Meditation can be a path to deeper spiritual understanding. It can also be a
method by which anyone can handle the chaos and stress of everyday life. In this
remarkable program, one of the best-known explorers of human consciousness
offers his unique view of and approach to the timeless art of meditation.
A spiritual teacher who has studied and practiced meditation for many years, Ram
Dass shares his deep understanding of the meditative experience and explores a
variety of techniques. You will also hear guidance on finding a method of
meditation that best suits your goals and your lifestyle.
Grist for the Mill
(1981) with Stephen Levine
This book is based on talks by Ram Dass at the Menninger
Foundation in 1970 and at the Spring Grove Hospital in Maryland in 1972. The
text grew out of the interaction between Ram Dass and the spiritual seekers in
attendance at these talks. The result of this unique exchange is a useful guide
for understanding the nature of consciousness--useful both to other spiritual
seekers and to formally trained psychologists. It is also a celebration of the
Dance of Life--which, in the words of Ram Dass, is the "only dance there is."
The Only Dance There Is
Describes one man's transformation upon his acceptance of
the principles of Yoga and gives a modern restatement of the importance of the
spiritual side of man's nature.
Remember, Be Here Now
Liz Witham and Nancy Aronie, directors with Dan Aronie, Nancy Aronie,
Joel Aronie, and Ram Dass
A Certain Kind of Beauty
Dan Aronie was a model and aspiring actor when he was diagnosed with a
severe and progressive case of Multiple Sclerosis at 23. At an age where
most people are just starting their lives, Dan is faced with
contemplating an unsure future. With the support of family and friends,
what Dan uncovers is a profound and inspirational inner strength - a
certain kind of beauty he never knew he had.
His mother, writer Nancy Aronie recalls, "One hand numb, the other with
tremors, Dan was looking so broken and vulnerable -- his macho,
motorcycle-mechanic, pool-shark persona crumbling. I said, 'Dan do you
want to make a video of this? That way we can track this disease.' He
nodded with the first smile I had seen in months." The pact was made.
Nancy called family friend Gerry Storrow, who had a video camera, and
the journey of filming began. Over six years, as seasons change on their
island home of Martha's Vineyard, Dan, too, undergoes profound changes.
A fighter by nature, Dan attempts every available treatment to beat his
MS, from brain surgery to alternative therapies that included Native
American blessings and bee stings along the spine - that in Dan's words
--"didn't do jack." Ironically, the more Dan loses, the more he evolves.
The more he evolves, the more he is able to transcend his disease. On
both sides of the camera, the Aronies discover how to cope, but more
than that, how to struggle, laugh, grieve, and endure as a family.
When Nancy first showed filmmakers Liz Witham and Ken Wentworth some of
their footage, it struck a personal note. Both Witham and Wentworth have
close family members who have struggled with disabilities and
degenerative illness, and they recognized the serious therapeutic power
such an honest film could have. Says Liz: "Neither Gerry nor Nancy are
filmmakers by profession, but their instinct to capture the raw emotion
of facing a seriously debilitating disease was right on. This is
something that most of us will face in this lifetime, yet no one knows
how to talk about." They took the project on and it began to take shape
as a documentary. Liz and Ken continued filming the Aronies and weaving
Nancy's and Gerry's footage with their own.
The result was an intimate documentary about how Dan Aronie remakes his
life, his relationships, his whole world. Much more than an account of
the progression of an illness, A Certain Kind of Beauty is an
altogether beautiful film about frailty and strength, the devotion of
friends, endurance of family, and the perseverance of a will so powerful
and moving, you will never take anything for granted again. Not love.
Not life. Not even tying your shoe. Indeed, you will come to know a man
who is no longer built like a rock, but whose soul could move a
Don Como, director with Rennie Davis, Ram Dass, Raymond Burr, and Yogi Bhahan
Aliens from Spaceship Earth
While the "aliens" in this film may seem to be quite human, one must
realize that this film is dealing with close encounters of the fourth
An inner space journey triggered by the drug culture and rebellion of
the sixties, and the non-violent search for self that continues among
people in today's culture. Could this be due to some influence from a
"higher spiritual consciousness"?
The world's alien leaders are well represented in this film: Baba
Muktananda, Swami Satchidananda, A. C. Bhaktivedanta, Guru Maharaj Ji,
Yoga Bhahan, Sri Sathya, Sai Baba, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Father Yod,
Baba Ram Das, and well-known personalities who present their views on
seeking their own terrestrial individuality.
Whether inspired by a more highly evolved race than earthlings, or from
a visit millions of years ago by space aliens, "Aliens from Spaceship
Earth" are causing great changes on our planet today.
The Gift of Suffering
The Tibetan Book of the Dead (A Way of Life / The Great
Barrie McLean, director with
Leonard Cohen and
Death is real, it comes without warning and it cannot be
escaped. An ancient source of strength and guidance, The Tibetan Book of
the Dead remains an essential teaching in the Buddhist cultures of the
Himalayas. Narrated by Leonard Cohen,
this enlightening two-part series explores the sacred text and boldly
visualizes the afterlife according to its profound wisdom.
Part 1: A Way of Life reveals the history
of The Tibetan Book of the Dead and examines its traditional use
in northern India, as well as its acceptance in Western hospices. Shot
over a four-month period, the film contains footage of the rites and
liturgies for a deceased Ladakhi elder and includes an interview with
the Dalai Lama, who shares his views
on the book's meaning and importance.
Part 2: The Great Liberation follows an
old lama and his novice monk as they guide a Himalayan villager into the
afterlife using readings from The Tibetan Book of the Dead. The
soul's 49-day journey towards rebirth is envisioned through actual
photography of rarely seen Buddhist rituals, interwoven with
groundbreaking animation by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Ishu
Mickey Lemle, director with Bhagavan Das, Larry Brilliant, Ram Dass and William Alpert, Ram Dass
Ram Dass: Fierce Grace
Timothy Leary's Dead
Paul Davids, director with Mark Bernheimer, Michael Bowen, Ram Dass, and
At the height of his extraordinary career, a man
who exemplifies the virtues of the spiritual path speaks of some of his
own transforming experiences and insights.
The Sacred Unconscious
With anecdotes, humor, radiance, and a twinkle in his
eye, a giant in the field of world religions shares profoundly personal
experiences which have changed his life. Speaking at Kentucky's
Cathedral Heritage Foundations' Festival of Faiths 2000, Professor
Huston Smith observes that the Festival's theme, Healing Mind, Body, and
Soul "comes down to who we "are"-the recovery of the original divine
station." Professor Smith describes what he considers to be the "deep
lying elements" for understanding the healing of mind, body, and soul.
He answers the basic questions of "who we are" by providing an
insightful analysis of the four levels of the unconscious, the most
important being the sacred which, he maintains, is linked with God as
our "imago Dei." And, he recounts his own transforming experience of
this place of Beauty, Bliss, and Joy, which each of us knows in
dreamless sleep. Were the mind, body, and soul not re-charged or
"healed" every night by direct contact with the Divine, we could not
endure our lives. Professor Smith believes we must think more highly of
our "selves." Additional treats are his mention of a personal hero:
Wendell Berry, and his moving tribute to Ram Dass/Richard
Alpert (Be Here Now), whose paralyzing stroke gave him the "gift
of suffering": closeness to God and the dismantling of the "persona."
But what is most moving about this precious footage is the wise and
luminous presence of Huston Smith himself, a man who clearly embodies
the virtues of the spiritual path.
Open to the Infinite: Ram Dass at the Inner Directions Gathering
After a major stroke, Ram Dass returns with a vibrant
joy and deepened wisdom, resulting from a profound encounter with Silence.
In this video, he joins with singer Krishna Das for a very special
Flashing on the Sixties a Tribal Document
Wavy Gravy; Graham Nash; Peter Fonda; T.A. Price; Viola Spolin; Dennis
Hopper; Craig Preston; Michelle Phillips; Carl Gottlieb; Paul Krassner;
Allen Ginsberg; Ram Dass; Taj Mahal; David Crosby; Johnny Rivers; Timothy
Leary; Johanara Romney; Peter Coyote; Carolyn Garcia; Pilar Law; Rick Klein
The Harvard Psychedelic Club: How Timothy Leary, Ram Dass, Huston Smith, and Andrew Weil Killed the Fifties and Ushered in a New Age for America
(Jan 19, 2010 release)
by Don Lattin
Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying
(2006) by Ram Dass with works by Alan Jones,
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Gary Remal
Malkin, Lew Epstein, Maximillian Mizzi, Michael Stillwater,
Thich Nhat Hanh, and Zalman
Higher Wisdom: Eminent Elders Explore The Continuing Impact Of Psychedelics
Charles S. Grob and
Roger Walsh, eds.
Psychedelics have been a part—often a central and
sacred part—of most societies throughout history, and for half a century
psychedelics have rumbled through the Western world, seeding a subculture,
titillating the media, fascinating youth, terrifying parents, enraging
politicians, and intriguing researchers. Not surprisingly, these curious
chemicals fascinated some of the foremost thinkers of the twentieth century,
fourteen of whom were interviewed for this book. Because no further human
research can be done, these researchers constitute an irreplaceable
resource. Higher Wisdom offers their fascinating anecdotes, invaluable
knowledge, and hard-won wisdom—the culmination of fifty years of research
and reflection on one of the most intriguing and challenging topics of our
time. Includes interviews with
Albert Hofmann, Alexander T.
Shulgin, Ann Shulgin,
Laura Archera Huxley,
Myron J. Stolaroff,
Peter T. Furst,
and Zalman Schachter-Shalomi
Passion For Life (Quest Passion for Life Series, V. 1)
Four programs featuring
Ondrea Levine, Ram
Sarah Ban Breathnach,
Sir John Templeton,
Thomas Moore, and
Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In: Appreciations, Castigations, and Reminiscences
(1999) by Robert Forte
A memorial volume to one of this century's most colorful
and pioneering figures in the consciousness movement
A wide array of individuals from all stages of Leary's life provides a
comprehensive view of the man and his impact on American culture
One of the most influential and controversial people of the 20th
century, Timothy Leary inspired profound feelings--both pro and
con--from everyone with whom he came into contact. He was extravagant,
grandiose, enthusiastic, erratic, and an unrelenting proponent of
expanding consciousness and challenging authority. His experiments with
psilocybin and LSD at Harvard University and Millbrook, New York, were
instrumental in propelling the nation into the psychedelic era of the
1960s. From the 1980s until his death in 1996 he fully embraced the
possibilities of freedom offered by the developments in computer
technology and the instant communication made possible by the Internet.
The essence of Leary's life has often been reduced to the celebrated
formula of "Turn On, Tune In, and Drop Out." The wider implications of
this esoteric call to communion have been lost, just as the multifaceted
nature of Leary's personality was obscured by the superficial spin put
on his life and ideas. In this book a wide array of individuals from all
stages of Leary's life, friends and foes alike, provides a more complete
view of the man and his impact on American culture.
It is still too early to know how posterity will judge the man and his
ideas, but Timothy Leary: Outside Looking In shows that Leary was
often so far ahead of his time that few could follow the extensive range
of his thought.
Includes Appreciations, Castigations, and Reminiscences
by Allen Ginsberg, Andrew Weil,
Hunter S. Thompson,
Ram Dass, William
Burroughs, Winona Ryder, and Others.
Voices from the Edge: Conversations With Jerry Garcia, Ram Dass, Annie
Sprinkle, Matthew Fox, Jaron Lanier, & Others by David Jay Brown and Rebecca
McClen Novick (Paperback - Nov 1995)
Paths beyond Ego: The Transpersonal Vision
(1993), Frances Vaughan and
Roger Walsh, eds.
Aldous Huxley, Bill Devall,
Charles Tart, Christina Groff, the
Huston Smith, Jack Kornfield, Jayne Gackenbach, John Welwood,
Ken Wilber, Kenneth Ring,
Ram Dass, Sri Aurobindo,
Stanislav Grof, Stephen LaBerge,
William James and many, many more.
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