Spotlight: Ram Dass, Beloved Spiritual Pioneer, Passes

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Ram Dass (April 6, 1931 – December 22, 2019)

The Place Beyond Words with Ram Dass
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Born Richard Alpert he was known as Ram Dass. Richard Alpert went on a journey to India in 1968 and came back as Ram Dass, the name given to him by Indian sage Neem Karoli Baba. His best known book, Be Here Now, was a guide for so many spiritual seekers in the early 70s, became a countercultural classic, and continues to inform others on their spiritual path decades after its first publication.

Members of the New Dimensions team had the great good fortune to sit in satsang with him in the San Francisco Bay Area in those early years. His was one of the first radio events archived by New Dimensions, Meeting of the Ways, recorded in 1972 as part of an earlier program series. New Dimensions was also present to record a reunion of Ram Dass, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsberg, Albert Hofmann, Ralph Metzner, and others at U.C. Santa Cruz in 1977. He was a pioneer of the 1960s psychedelic movement and became a central figure in Eastern spiritual thinking among Westerners. He was the founder of two charitable organizations: the SEVA foundation (supporting health care workers serving the blind in India and Nepal) and the Hanuman Foundation, which developed the Prison-Ashram Project, directed by Bo and Sita Lozoff, and helped prison inmates grow spiritually during their incarceration; and The Dying project. In 1997 he suffered a stroke but continued to teach via his website, podcasts, and annual retreats on Maui.

A great soul has passed from physical form but his transformative teachings live on to continue to inspire and infuse generations to come with his wisdom, humor, and love. Be well dear friend.


Ram DassRam Dass: A Retrospective
with Ram Dass


Program #1175
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An in-depth interview, “no holds barred.” Includes his latest travels in India, Bali and Thailand. Retrospective of the years 1976 and 1977. Read more »


Ram DassThree Jewels in the Lotus I
with Ram Dass

Program #1330
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At the Masonic Auditorium, San Francisco, November 18, 1978, people gather for a moving experience of unparalleled depth. The experience has been preserved on audio recordings so that others can share the extraordinary depth and quality of “Three Jewels in the Lotus.” Here is Ram Dass’ individual presentation.  Read more »


Ram DassNotes Along the Way
with Ram Dass

Program #1491
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An intimate conversation with the author of Miracle of Love and Be Here Now. Ram Dass shares his current adventures, including his work with the dying, his relationship with his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, and talks about the newly formed SEVA Foundation, working to prevent unnecessary blindness and a whole lot more. Read more »


Ram DassSacred Odyssey: Seeking Freedom
with Ram Dass

Program #2186
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A 1990 return visit with the spiritual pilgrim whose personal journey for more than four decades has served as a reflective mirror for so many. He speaks about where he is now in his life; how methods are traps; overcoming fear in the midst of change; spiritual potential; the true source of change; facing adversity; the challenge of doing good; the possibility of compassion; and a great deal more. Ram Dass shares himself deeply and profoundly. This is a remarkably prescient dialogue, which will surprise and delight you.   Read more »