Being Ram Dass
Author: Ram Dass
Ram Dass tells here for the first time the full arc of his remarkable life.
Perhaps no other teacher has sparked the fires of as many spiritual seekers in the West as Ram Dass. Many know of his transformation from Harvard psychology professor Richard Alpert to psychedelic and spiritual icon, Being Ram Dass begins at the moment he was fired from Harvard for giving drugs to an undergraduate.
We then circle back to his privileged youth, education, and the path that led him inexorably away from conventional life and ultimately to his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Populated by a cast of luminaries ranging from Timothy Leary to Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, Allen Ginsberg to Jack Kornfield, Aldous Huxley to Charles Mingus-this intimate memoir chronicles Ram Dass’s experience of the cultural and spiritual transformations that resonate with us to this day.
Ram Dass’s life and work prefigured many current trends: the conscious aging and death movement, the healing potential of psychedelics, the use of meditation and yoga in prisons, the ubiquity of those same practices in the wider culture, and more. Here, with his characteristic mix of earthiness and transcendence, Ram Dass finally tells all.
About the Author
Ram Dass (1931-2019) means “Servant of God.” Born Richard Alpert, he was the founder of the Love Serve Remember Foundation and a cofounder of the Seva Foundation, the Dying Project, and the Prison Ashram Project. He is the author of the spiritual classic Be Here Now and many other books. Learn more at ramdass.org. Rameshwar Das met Ram Dass in 1968. Ramesh has collaborated with Ram Dass on many projects, most recently as coauthor of Be Love Now and Polishing the Mirror.
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