Live from the 2017 Spring on Maui Retreat, Raghu is joined by Duncan Trussell, Sharon Salzberg and David Nichtern for a conversation about spiritual practice and the inner journey.
Love in Sheep’s Clothing (Opening) – Duncan Trussell tells the story of meeting Raghu for the first time, which sparked the creation of the Here and Now Podcast and the Be Here Now Podcast Network. He shares how his journey of self-discovery led him to Neem Karoli Baba and opens up about some of the difficulties of the spiritual path.
Real Love and the Soul (27:00) – Sharon Salzberg joins the stage and the shares her wisdom on the differences and similarities between the soul and what is known by Buddhists as the radiant mind. She talks about what “Real Love” is and how it can hold our difficult emotions in a way that truly transforms them.
“I was talking about “Real Love” in the context a profound sense of connection. So its like no part of ourselves is left out and no part of life is left out, it’s being fully connected.” – Sharon Salzberg
Discover More: Sharon Salzberg and Raghu further explore the transformative power of practicing “Real Love” on Ep. 198 of the Mindrolling Podcast.
Everything Can Be a Practice (38:00) – The three talk about applying mindfulness to everything that we do. They explore how just about everything has the potential to be a practice.
Crazy Wisdom (47:50) – Musician and Buddhist teacher, David Nichtern, joins the group and conversation turns to David’s teacher, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche. David talks about his time with Chögyam Trungpa and his philosophy of “Crazy Wisdom.”
“First thought, best thought was a big Trungpa saying. Get your mind clean and then some kind of spontaneous insight usually comes out.” – David Nichtern
Discover More: Ram Dass joins Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche and more for a conversation around the notion of ego and personal identification on Ep. 112 of the Here and Now Podcast.
Overwhelming Radiance (1:04:15) – The group talks about the feeling of overwhelming radiance and auspicious coincidence that happens when coming into contact with certain teachers.
“One of the things many people report when they sit in front of Ram Dass, like when they do the mala ceremony, is a kind radiance or a feeling of being overwhelmed by some kind of energetic field. People start crying and they don’t know why. There is a real feeling of intoxication that happens, it is potent and remarkable. What is that experience?” – Duncan Trussell