Ram Dass Lecture at UMASS Dartmouth September 6

The Center for Indic Studies and The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center of UMASS Dartmouth proudly present RAM DASS, in a special lecture, "Embracing Aging, Changing, & Dying," Labor Day, September 6 at 2-4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at all Strawberries locations or by contacting Alexis McLaughlin at The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center 508.999.8843 or by email at gerontology@umassd.edu. General Admission $15, UMD Staff $10 (ID required at door), Student/Senior $7.50 (ID required at door)

The Center for Indic Studies and The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center of UMASS Dartmouth proudly present RAM DASS, in a special lecture, "Embracing Aging, Changing, & Dying," Labor Day, September 6 at 2-4:30 p.m. Tickets are available at all Strawberries locations or by contacting Alexis McLaughlin at The Ora M. DeJesus Gerontology Center 508.999.8843 or by email at gerontology@umassd.edu. General Admission $15, UMD Staff $10 (ID required at door), Student/Senior $7.50 (ID required at door) 

Ram Dass has written a number of spiritual books including Be Here Now, published in 1971 (over one million copies sold, 37th printing, Crown Publishers); The Only Dance There Is (Anchor/ Doubleday); Grist for the Mill (with Stephen Levine, Celestial Arts); Journey of Awakening (Bantam Books); Miracle of Love: Stories of Neem Karoli Baba (Hanuman Foundation); How Can I Help? (with Paul Gorman, Knopf); Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service (with Mirabai Bush, Bell Tower Press) and Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying (Riverhead Books). His latest book, One-Liners: A Mini-Manual for a Spiritual Life was published by Bell Tower Press in September, 2002. In September, 2004, Harmony will be publishing Ram Dass' next book, entitled Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita. 

While a Harvard professor in 1961, Ram Dass, then known as Richard Alpert collaborated with Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner, Aldous Huxley, Allen Ginsberg, and others, to pursue intensive research with psychedelic chemicals. Because of the controversial nature of that research, Richard Alpert was dismissed from Harvard in 1963. In 1967 he traveled to India, met his Guru Neem Karoli Baba, studied yoga and meditation, and received the name Ram Dass, which means "servant of God." Since 1968, he has pursued a variety of spiritual practices, including guru kripa; devotional yoga focused on the Hindu spiritual figure Hanuman; meditation in the Theravadin, Mahayana Tibetan, and Zen Buddhist schools; karma yoga; and Sufi and Jewish studies. 

Now in his 70's, more than 5 years post-stroke, and confined to a wheelchair, Ram Dass brings a timely message about dealing with the realities of aging, illness, and death that is positive, hopeful, and practical. His wisdom, humor, charisma, and heartful stories are an event to be savored by all ages. 

Many of Ram Dass’ books and tapes will be on sale and he will be available for signing. For more information email Jsolfvin@umassd.edu or go to www.umassd.edu/indic or www.ramdasstapes.org. 


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