Born Richard Alpert, Ram Dass was given his Hindu name (meaning "Servant of God") by his Indian guru, Neem Karoli Baba. His personal search for fulfillment spans a broad spectrum, from psychedelic research at Harvard University to a diversity of spiritual practices, including various forms of yoga, Zen meditation, Buddhist Theraveda and Sufism.
Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebookby Ram Dass
Ram Dass is an American psychologist and spiritual teacher who has studied and practiced meditation for many years. Here he shares his understanding and explores the many paths of meditation--from mantra, prayer, singing, visualizations, and "just sitting" to movement meditations such as tai chi--and suggests how you can find methods suitable for you. He illuminates the stages and benefits of meditative practice, and provides wise and often humorous advice on overcoming difficulties along the way.
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This book is a classic. It has been used for years by the Centers for Spiritual Living (f/k/a United Church of Religious Science) in their meditation courses. It neither needs, nor requires a review. The short answer is to just buy the book and read it. For those of you whom the 1960s were a blur, or weren't around back then, Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary were both Harvard professors LSD users, and widely lampooned in the media. Richard Alpert took the spiritual path which led him to India, his guru, and to become a teacher. His guru gave him the name Ram Dass. What validates him is his life's work, to get a quick idea of the depth of it, I would suggest buying, renting, or borrowing the movie Fierce Grace. I probably have already said too much. Namaste
a must read for the rookie or veteran....it's all here
This book does an excellent job of teaching meditation and explaining the process that goes into it. It's well-written and backed by the author's years of experience. My favorite part of this book is the fact that it doesn't lend itself to one faith or religion but blends all of them. It's truly a book for anyone who would like to learn about meditation regardless of personal affiliations or beliefs. The first half of the book explains the processes involved and the different methods while the second half lends itself to helping you find a local meditation circle or helpful groups. Overall, it's an excellent read for anyone and everyone.
This book is a must for the beginning meditator. Ram Dass shares not only his wisdom and spiritual guidance in a clear, concise way, but does so with an earthy humour. His stories are wonderful and his instruction on meditation excellent.
I liked the book so much that I bought 4 copies for friends at work and started a meditation club.