Livestreaming from Maui on Monday, February 10th at 3pm HST/ 5pm PST
our beloved teacher and friend,
has walked so many beings “home”
over his beautiful life,
often sharing that death is like
“taking off a tight shoe.”
Today we gather in that same spirit,
to celebrate his remarkable life
in loving awareness.
Ram Dass, the great mystery we all face is no longer a mystery to you. You have gone before us, lighting our way. In the hope of benefiting your loving spirit, we will call upon the Compassionate Ones throughout the ten directions: All Buddhas and Bodhisattvas to come forth.
Compassionate ones, you who possess unconditional love, the wisdom to understand what we cannot even imagine: You now know that our beloved Ram Dass has passed from this world to the next. He has taken the great leap, and been borne away by the ocean of birth and death.
Earnestly consider: the coming and going of life and death is as the changing of summer and winter. Arriving into life is like a bolt of lightning in the sky. Death is like waves disappearing into the great ocean. In dying, the karmic bonds of our beloved Ram Dass have been released and life came to an end. Realizing the transiency of all worldly things, Ram Dass in death has been fully liberated.
Ram Dass, we respectfully ask you to accept our words, thoughts and feelings. By the solitary fullness of wisdom’s moon you have illuminated the 10,000 waters; with compassion, you have responded to suffering and joy. We are unable to look upon your face, yet we see the boundless results of your intentions.
May the merit of this gathering accompany you. You have returned to your origins. Humbly we pray that the inmost nature of your spirit and the fruit of your life may bloom like a lotus through the love of so many.
– Roshi Joan Halifax, speaking at the February 10th memorial
Celebration of Love
Opening – Krishna Das –
Lei’ohu Ryder and Maydeen ‘Īao
Roshi Joan Halifax
Jack Kornfield & Trudy Goodman
Lama Surya Das
Kripa (Ram Dass’ caregivers) Arti
Closing – Dassima Murphy
(Ram Dass’ primary caregiver)