Open Heart Extra

27 Jun 2012
June 27, 2012

A Heavy Curriculum

  If somebody is a problem for you, it’s not that they should change, it’s that you need to change. If they’re a problem for themselves that’s their karma, if they’re causing you trouble that’s your problem on yourself. So, in other words when Christ is crucified, he says “forgive them, they don’t know what.. read more →

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 →