News reaches us this morning of the passing of psychedelic pioneer, spiritual teacher, and Allen’s long-time counter-culture cohort, Ram Dass (Richard Alpert). He died “peacefully at his home in Maui yesterday, surrounded by loved ones,” according to his official Instagram account. He was 88.
Dougas Martin’s obituary for the New York Times may be read here
Bart Barnes in The Washington Post – here
Joan Duncan Oliver in Tricycle – here
Lilly Greenblatt for Lion’s Roar – here
Bill Trott’s notice for Reuters is – here
Many more obituaries and appreciations to follow.
Here’s Ram Dass reflecting on his experience teaching at Naropa
See here also David Marchese’s piece from this past September, “Ram Dass is ready to die”
We sit here, awake, and mourn the loss of a beloved spirit. Be here now. – Be here now.