Raghu gets the opportunity to chat with new found friend Vincent Horn, host of the Buddhist Geeks podcast. They discuss the interplay of technology and spiritual experience. In what ways do the internet, smartphones, and emerging technologies affect our spiritual practice and how can we utilize them to their greatest potential?
Vincent founded his podcast "Buddhist Geeks" and website "Meditate.IO" with the philosophy of taking a fresh approach to old practices. He and Raghu talk about this philosophy and what role they think technology and the internet have in the practice of spirituality. What are the potentials of our newfound interconnectivity via the internet and smartphones? How can they be used to foster a network of awakened individuals as opposed to separating and polarizing us? Listen as Vincent tells his vision of our "technodelic" future. Using technology as a teaching tool to bring us into altered states of consciousness and awarenes
The term "pragmatic dharma" or "pragmatic buddhism" has been in use by a number of teachers and communities over the last decade or two. In this hand-picked series of Buddhist Geeks Podcasts we highlight some of the important voices who have shaped this broader movement and explore various perspectives on what it means to bring a pragmatic attitude to Buddhist practice.
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Raghu Markus lives in Asheville (my hometown) and is the executive director of the Love Serve Remember Foundation, the same organization that runs RamDass.org. Raghu traveled with Ram Dass (formerly Richard Alpert) in the 70s to India and studied with the Indian guru Neem Karoli Baba. There he also met Joseph Goldstein, Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, & Lama Surya Das, who all became lifelong friends.
During this first part of our conversation Raghu & I met up at a local tea shop and spoke about psychedelics. I hadn't expected to discuss this topic with Raghu originally, but it made sense given his connection with Ram Dass as well as his own journey through the psychedelic 60s & 70s, so that's where our conversation began.
I hope you enjoy the lively stories and reflections that Raghu shares about his time with Ram Dass, Neem Karoli Babi, his father, as he explored spiritual practice and psychedelics side-by-side as a young seeker.
Ram Dass - https://www.ramdass.org
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In this episode we speak with author, podcaster, award-winning journalist, and dharmic psychonaut Erik Davis about the intersection of psychedelic practice & culture with dharmic practice & culture.
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During the 2nd part of my conversation with Raghu Markus, director of the Love Serve Remember Foundation, we speak about the powerful fusion of of bhakti (devotion) practice and more traditional buddhist meditation practice.
- Rick Doblin’s Psychedelic Studies: https://beherenownetwork.com/mindrolling-ep-148-rick-doblins-psychedelic-studies/
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- Be Here Now Network: http://beherenownetwork.com
- SHARANAGATI: The True Meaning of Surrender from the Bhakti Yoga Tradition: https://www.ramdass.org/sharanagati-the-true-meaning-of-surrender-from-the-bhakti-yoga-tradition/
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When the fields of contemplation--and especially Buddhist meditation--and science came together there was the birth of a new field, 'contemplative science' and a host of developments in that field. One way of defining technology is as 'applied science', so in this playlist we'll look at the creation of new forms of contemplative technology that are being driven by our increasing understanding of the emerging science of mindfulness and contemplation.