Ram Dass (1931-2019)

Ram Dass (Richard Alpert) (1931-2019)

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 Posthere 

Joan Duncan Oliver in Tricyclehere

Lilly Greenblatt for Lion’s Roar – here 

Bill Trott’s notice for Reuters is – here

Many more obituaries and appreciations to follow.

Here’s Allen and Ram Dass in spirited and enlightened conversation – see here and here

Here’s Ram Dass reflecting on his experience teaching at Naropa

Ram Dass, Allen Ginsberg and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche  at Naropa, Boulder, Colorado, 1974

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.


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