20 Jun 2012
June 20, 2012

A Theravada Meditation

  The following meditation was recorded in January 1981 in Sydney, Australia: This meditation is drawn from Theravada, or southern Buddhism. It’s called Anapana and it is just bringing you to right here and it is done through the breath. So it is common to everyone in this room at this moment. Of all of.. read more →

13 Jun 2012
June 13, 2012

Getting Ahead of Ourselves

  In 1967, I was in the temple in India and I found out that people fasted on the new moon for nine days. So I said to Hari Das, “can I fast for nine days? Can I fast for four days?” He said, “well many people do it for nine.” So I figure if.. read more →

06 Jun 2012
June 6, 2012

A Metaphor for Dying

  I sit with a lot of people who are dying these days because I am very interested in seeing whether we can develop a metaphor for dying that isn’t quite as horrendous as the one we have going in the West. Because our metaphor for dying comes out of philosophical materialism where a person.. read more →

30 May 2012
May 30, 2012

Ram Dass on Judaism

  My Jewish trip was primarily political Judaism, I mean I was never Bar Mitzvahed, confirmed and so on. My father was a very visible jew. He started Brandeis University and he was head of the United Jewish Appeal and he and Einstein met and collaborated in starting Einstein Medical School in New York. I.. read more →

23 May 2012
May 23, 2012

It’s Just a Matter of Timing

Many years ago I spent time with a Tibetan teacher, Trungpa Rinpoche. In an interview he suggested a meditation technique in which one expands one’s awareness outward. He suggested we do it together. So we sat facing each other and he said, “Just expand outward.” And I started to expand outward. After about twenty seconds.. read more →

09 May 2012
May 9, 2012

A Kind Word Turneth Away Wrath

  The following is an excerpt by late Aikido master Terry Dobson in the anthology “The Peaceful Warrior,” edited by Rick Fields (Tarcher/Putnam, 1994) as retold by Ram Dass in An Experiment in Awareness – Mile High Church, Colorado, June 24, 1994. The train clanked and rattled through the suburbs of Tokyo on a drowsy Spring afternoon… read more →

If you tune in to the BBC or read newspapers from around the world, you will realize that we in the U.S. are seen as an economically exploitive and not very compassionate nation, and yet we are made up of people who are compassionate. It’s an interesting paradox. It’s like seeing a big bully beat.. read more →

26 Mar 2012
March 26, 2012

Forgiveness and the Awakened Soul

Question: I’d like to know about forgiveness as a bridge between the separate self and the awakened soul. Ram Dass: That’s a nice way of phrasing the question. It’s a step on a ladder that goes from dualism into non-dualism. Because as you forgive or allow or acknowledge or say “Of course you’re human” or.. read more →

16 Mar 2012
March 16, 2012

The Idea of Soul Mates

Question: The problem seems to be that when you are in a relationship, in the beginning everything is happening, but when you marry that person it changes. I’ve been in several relationships, major relationships, I’ve been married and divorced twice and I’m searching for something special. Something I’m told is called a “soul mate”. Do.. read more →

07 Mar 2012
March 7, 2012

Awareness Beyond Death

  There is a tombstone in Ashby, Massachusetts that reads, “Remember friend, as you pass by, as you are now, so once was I. As I am now, so you must be. Prepare yourself to follow me.” Something has happened to me as a result of meandering through many realms of consciousness over the past.. read more →