Comedian and actor Pete Holmes returns to the Mindrolling Podcast, sharing a conversation with Raghu that touches on generosity, spiritual practice and seeing through the stories we tell ourselves.
Links from this episode: No Death, No Fear | HBO’s Crashing | Pete Holmes: Dirty Clean
Getting To The Point (Opening) – Pete and Raghu talk about Ram Dass and his unique place among the many Buddhist and Bhakti teachers that he teaches with. They look at the role of personal practice in the spiritual life.
Real Generosity (22:00) – How can we use generosity as a practice? Raghu and Pete explore the role of intent behind generosity and how this practice wears away at the ego.
“This is kind of a big problem you have to overcome, trying to prove that you are a good person – instead of being good for goodness sake.” – Pete Holmes
Where Are We Perched? (40:00) – What can we do to create space from our self-cherishing? Maybe we don’t need to do anything at all. Raghu and Pete discuss the tricks of the mind and the possibility of breaking our attachment to our thoughts through not doing anything at all.
“If our filters are all around these habitual patterns then we have no perspective from which to just be. We have got to move back. Practice becomes something that allows us to see clearly what motivations we have or where or generosity is completely off the mark.” – Raghu Markus