Raghu Markus – Mindrolling – Ep. 486 – Death & Tibetan Traditions with David Silver

Making friends with death, David Silver and Raghu Markus explore Tibetan Traditions and the wisdom of death and dying.

“‘Mindfulness is the path to the deathless, headlessness is the path to death. The mindful do not die, but the headless are as if dead already.’ If you are not mindful through the flow of your earthly life, that will bring death and its fury.” –  David Silver quoting/commenting on the Dhammapada 
In this episode, David Silver joins Raghu Markus to explore:
  • Death and dying in the Tibetan tradition
  • Individual success within the collective 
  • Viewing death as an adventure
  • The ego as a servant instead of a master
  • Surrendering the bubble of separation


“Certainly a cause of sickness is the way we guard ourselves and the way we act in the world from this separated place. That’s why you do not need to be old to get any benefit from some of the incredible wisdom of the Tibetan culture.” – Raghu Markus 

About David Silver:

David Silver is the former co-host of the Mindrolling podcast. He is a filmmaker and director, most recently coming out with Brilliant Disguise. Brilliant Disguise tells the unique story of a group of inspired Western spiritual seekers from the 60s, who in meeting the great American teacher, Ram Dass, followed him to India to meet his Guru, Neem Karoli Baba, familiarly known as Maharaji. Two days before he left his body, Maharaji instructed K.C. Tewari to take care of the Westerners, which he did resolutely until the day he died in 1997. K.C. Tewari—in the guise of a headmaster of a boys school in the foothills of the Himalayas—was secretly a High Yogi, frequently able to go into altered states of trance, known as Samadhi, at any moment.

Watch Brilliant Disguise HERE
About Raghu Markus: 

Raghu Markus spent 18 months in India with Neem Karoli Baba and Ram Dass. He has been involved in music and transformational media since the early 1970s when he was the program director of CKGM-FM in Montreal.

In 1974, he collaborated with Ram Dass on the box set Love Serve Remember. In 1990, he launched Triloka Records, which established itself as a critical leader in the development of world music. For 17 years, Triloka was home to such artists as Krishna Das, Hugh Masekela, Walela, Jai Uttal and transformational media projects that featured Ram Dass, Deepak Chopra, and Les Nubians.

Raghu lives in Ojai, California, and is the Executive Director of the Love Serve Remember Foundation. In 2016, he co-founded the Be Here Now Network, where he hosts the Ram Dass Here & Now podcast, as well as his own Mindrolling podcast. He is the producer of Becoming Nobody, a Ram Dass documentary feature film that was released in 2019.

Check Out More From The Mindrolling Podcast:
Tune into Ep. 295 of Mindrolling: An Honest Journey with Anne Lamott, Duncan Trussell and Pete Holmes
Check out Ep. 335 of Mindrolling: Courage, Trust, and Love with Ram Dass and Duncan Trussell
Listen to Ep. 289 of Mindrolling featuring lessons from Tibetan teacher Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
Tune into Ep. 321 of Mindrolling: Rewriting Our Scripts with Duncan Trussell and Dr. Robert Svoboda to learn about karma and changing false narratives.
For an episode on the inner journey, check out Ep. 216 of Mindrolling: Duncan Trussell, Sharon Salzberg and David Nichtern Live

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