A 6-week virtual course re-imagined from Ram Dass' 1974 Naropa University Course
The Gita serves as a roadmap to help us make sense of our turbulent, changing world.
In the last few years, we've been forced to reckon with an enormous amount of groundlessness and unknowing. Uncertainty is a hallmark of our innate human experience, so what can we do to ease our own suffering and the suffering of those around us? Well, fortunately, many wise beings walked the earth before us, leaving an abundance of wisdom teachings, practices and methods to help us guide the way back to our hearts.
When Ram Dass first traveled to India in 1967, he was introduced to an incredibly important ancient Hindu text called the Bhagavad Gita (“The Song of God”).
Ram Dass immersed himself into its 700 verses, coming to recognize that both symbolically and literally, the Gita offered a wellspring of incredibly important teachings that everyone, especially Westerners caught in their rational mindsets, could use to live more balanced and conscious lives.
Eventually, when Ram Dass returned to the United States, he began to travel, lecture and teach on the philosophies he brought back from India. In 1974, he arrived at the Buddhist-inspired Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. Founded by Tibetan Buddhist master Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Naropa served as fertile ground for Ram Dass to explore the Gita. Over several weeks in the summer of '74, Ram Dass taught a course entitled The Yogas of the Bhagavad Gita.
As he sat on stage on the first day at Naropa, Ram Dass introduced the course:
“This course is more concerned with a commentary about certain points in the Bhagavad Gita as they relate to our daily lives. The Gita, as I understand it, is a way of making one's entire life a vehicle for becoming conscious, or coming into the spirit, or coming to God—whatever metaphor you particularly feel comfortable working with.”
These teachings are more relevant than ever in today's world...
We are thrilled to announce the release of the re-mastered original footage from Naropa in an updated 6-week virtual course: Finding Harmony in Today's World: Ram Dass on the Mystical Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita
This 6-week course weaves timeless teachings with present-day introspection and provides context for walking confidently through a rapidly evolving world.
Using archival audio and video teachings and practices from the original Naropa course, each weekly lesson will be supplemented and contextualized with live teachings from contemporary teachers, a virtual Facebook community, and a bi-weekly community Zoom discussion looking at the Gita from different points of view. This is a great opportunity to connect and ask questions from a supportive group of peers and teachers.
Ram Dass said it best in the original course introduction:
“This predicament that many of us in the West are facing is the recognition that the values that we were living by were only intermediate values to get us to a certain point where we then could go the next step, which is a deepening of our beings. And in order to do that, we had to reexamine the values to which we were originally attached…
… This introduction, then, is preparation for you to proceed with the lectures which are designed to take you through the major concepts that are dealt with in the Bhagavad Gita, and as a vehicle for finding your own dharma, your own path, your own way through, your own method to come into the spirit so that your life can be that of living in harmony with the universe, and in harmony and opening to you the potential of your highest consciousness.”