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Ram Dass thread

adamcrossleyadamcrossley Veteran
edited July 19 in Philosophy

A place to share your favourite quotes and stories from this wonderful teacher. We don’t mention him often on NB, perhaps because he’s more associated with Bhakti Yoga than with Buddhism. He is however a longtime practitioner and teacher of Vipassana meditation, having studied in the Mahasi Sayadaw tradition in Burma.

I’d like to start things off with a pearl of wisdom that always makes me laugh (taken from a recorded lecture, I can’t remember which...).

Our job is to get free of the entrapment of fear, and the fear is rooted in our lack of faith in what is. You keep wanting to control everything. What’s your rush to control it all? As if I don’t control it, it’ll all turn to shit. You of little faith, how do you know the shit isn’t just what you need?

May you be happy, may you be well.

BunksShoshinperson

Comments

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran
    edited July 19

    I’ve always liked Ram Dass, I last saw Ram Dass, Going Home, a documentary about him and how his life is now on Netflix. He is definitely coping with old age and has some caring people around him. I’m still waiting to see Dying to Know, the other documentary featuring him.

    adamcrossleyBunks
  • @Kerome said:
    I’ve always liked Ram Dass, I last saw Ram Dass, Going Home, a documentary about him and how his life is now on Netflix. He is definitely coping with old age and has some caring people around him. I’m still waiting to see Dying to Know, the other documentary featuring him.

    Going Home is a good film. Thanks for your comment, @Kerome. Glad to know there are more Ram Dass fans here :)

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    There is also an excellent podcast called Ram Dass, Here and Now. There’s a variety of topics such as Journey into Innocence or Motives to Meditate... they are older talks with a modern introduction, provided by 1440 University, often about an hour long.

  • @Kerome said:
    There is also an excellent podcast called Ram Dass, Here and Now. There’s a variety of topics such as Journey into Innocence or Motives to Meditate... they are older talks with a modern introduction, provided by 1440 University, often about an hour long.

    Yes, I love this podcast! I listen to a few on the Be Here Now Network.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    “Everything changes once we identify with being the witness to the story, instead of the actor in it.”

    ~Ram Dass~

    adamcrossleyBunksKerome
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    I'm a fan of any teacher whose words ring intuition's bell...and believe me ...there are many :)

    Bunksadamcrossley
  • BunksBunks Australia Veteran

    Thanks for the doco advice, a good watch.

    The great way is easy for those without preferences - Ram Dass

    Shoshin
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    I think the original quote @Bunks is from Jianzhi Sengcan (The Third Patriarch of Zen)
    The great way is not difficult for those who have no preferences.

    From the "Faith in Mind" poem

    BunksadamcrossleyKerome
  • adamcrossleyadamcrossley Veteran
    edited July 20

    Aditya hridayam punyam sarv shatru bena shanam.

    “All evil vanishes from life for him who keeps the sun in his heart.”

    This is a Hindu mantra, originally in Sanskrit, translated by Ram Dass.

    Shoshin
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    @Shoshin said:
    I'm a fan of any teacher whose words ring intuition's bell...and believe me ...there are many :)

    I totally agree. It is not surprising how very diverse teachers have different perspectives to add on the same truths. What I really like about Ram Dass is that he keeps some historical perspective, when you hear him talk about the 1960’s and his time at Harvard it’s very interesting.

    Shoshin
  • adamcrossleyadamcrossley Veteran
    edited July 21

    Finally, I think in relationships, you create an environment with your own work on yourself, which you offer to another human being to use to grow in the way they need to grow. You become the soil, moist and soft and receptive, so the person can grow the way they need to grow, because how do you know how they should grow?

    —Ram Dass, from an early lecture

    Keromeperson
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran
    edited July 22

    “I would like my life to be a statement of love and compassion--and where it isn't, that's where my work lies.”
    ― Ram Dass

    He is jewish, also... interesting mixture of faiths. In the podcast there is an episode where he talks about his visit to the Dachau concentration camp in Germany. He speaks of becoming close to what it means for human beings to do those things to each other, and then he extends it to what humans do to the animal world.

    Bunks
  • FinnTheHumanFinnTheHuman England New
    edited July 22

    Ram Dass is the best. The podcasts never fail to blow me away. Its as if everytime I listen to one its the exact thing I need to hear to understand what I'm experiencing.
    I know its not Buddhist, and not Ram Dass originally, its from the Ramayana.
    But when Hanuman is asked who he is by Ram (the incarnation of God, im sure you know) he says: 'When I don't know who I am, I serve you. When I know who I am, I am you'.
    Just one of the amazing things that Ram Dass has introduced me to.
    Be Here Now is one of the greatest books you can ever have.
    There's a film coming out this year about him called 'Becoming Nobody'.
    If you subscribe to the website they often do like free online courses. They have like Bob Thurman, Roshi Joan Halifaz, Jack Kornfield, Sharon Salzberg and so on
    Also must mention Duncan Trussell who without I would never ever of heard of Ram Dass. His podcasts are great

    BunksadamcrossleyKerome
  • KundoKundo Sydney, Australia Veteran

    @Kerome said:

    He is jewish, also... interesting mixture of faiths.

    There are a lot of Jews who veer towards Eastern paths. Buddhism is very similar to a lot of our teachings and scholarly works. The main difference being there is no theistic belief in Buddhist teachings.

    Bunksadamcrossley
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran
    edited July 23
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran
    edited July 24

    Dying to Know — Timothy Leary and Ram Dass

    It’s a bit long but I very much enjoyed it, just finished watching it and it is a fascinating piece of counter culture. I didn’t know that Leary had spent 4 years in jail and 2 years in solitary confinement, just goes to show that you can’t trust the government.

    FinnTheHuman
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    I’ve moved on to reading The Psychedelic Experience by Leary, Alpert and Metzner. Its a very interesting book which looks at a psychedelic experience as similar to death as described in the Tibetan book of the dead. Fascinating stuff.

    Shoshin
  • A woman once came to Mahatma Gandhi with her little boy. She asked, “Mahatma-ji, tell my little boy to stop eating sugar.” “Come back in three days,” said Gandhi. In three days the woman and the little boy returned and Mahatma Gandhi said to the little boy, “Stop eating sugar.” The woman asked, “Why was it necessary for us to return only after three days for you to tell my little boy that?” The Mahatma replied: “Three days ago I had not stopped eating sugar.”

    Ram Dass, Be Here Now

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    If you think you are so enlightened, go and spend a week with your parents.
    — Ram Dass

    adamcrossleyKundoFinnTheHumanfederica
  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    "The resistance to the unpleasant situation is the root of suffering."
    — Ram Dass

    FinnTheHuman
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