Ram Dass received his M.A. from Wesleyan and Ph.D. from Stanford University. 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. Many of his books, including Be Here Now, are international bestsellers and classics of their kind.
Dass, long exiled from the faculty of Harvard for "psychedelic research," is well known as the author of Be Here Now, a book that gave a phrase to the language. His latest is an updated summary of a series of lectures that he gave in the mid-1970s. Despite its title, it is less a guide to the Gita than a tour through Dass's own post-Buddhist-like spiritual musings, with the Gita acting as a kind of springboard. Still, Dass's reflections are often interesting and stimulating; he is as well qualified as anyone now writing to "rediscover ways of honoring the sacred." For most collections. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Blessed brilliance and luminous heart wisdom--Ram Dass at his best. These lectures were joyous to attend and exquisite to read." --Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
"With wisdom, humor, and great compassion, Paths to God
illuminates the liberating power of the Gita--a rare gift in these
unsettled times." --Joseph Goldstein, author of One Dharma: The
Emerging Western Buddhism
"Through offering a wide variety of approaches to spiritual happiness, Paths to God is one of the most inclusive and inviting books available to us." --Sharon Salzberg, author of Faith: Trusting Your Own Deepest Experience