Mindrolling with Raghu Markus

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Escapades in Mind-Expansion and Cultural Misadventures. Mindrolling Podcast is about coming unstuck and the recent history of awoken awareness. It’s about the intersection of culture, consciousness and realization with Raghu Markus.

Episode Date
Ep. 253 - The Way of Effortless Mindfulness with Loch Kelly

Loch Kelly shares a conversation with Raghu about moving into in the space beyond ego with the practice of effortless mindfulness.

Find show notes and links here: https://beherenownetwork.com/mindrolling-ep-253-effortless/

Aug 17, 2018
Ep. 252 – Carl Jung with David Silver

David Silver returns to the Mindrolling Podcast for a conversation about Carl Jung, the influence of Eastern philosophy in Jung's work and his private study of the Self that lies beyond ego.

Find show notes, images from The Red Book and suggested links: https://beherenownetwork.com/mindrolling-ep-252-carl-jung/ 

Aug 10, 2018
Ep. 251 – The Surrender to Trust with Gangaji

Raghu is joined by, author and teacher, Gangaji who shares memories of her Guru, Papaji, talks about what it means to surrender to trust and reflects on the difficulties encountered on the spiritual path.

Find links and show notes here: https://beherenownetwork.com/mindrolling-ep-251-gangaji

Aug 04, 2018
Ep. 250 - Path of the Heart with Justin Boreta

Justin Boreta, from the electronic band Glitch Mob, joins Raghu and Rachael Fisher, Content & Development Director at LSRF, for a conversation around the intersection of spiritual practice and the transformative power of music.

Links from this episode: Imagine – Ram Dass & Boreta | Glitch Mob | Propeller 

Jul 27, 2018
Ep. 249 – Supermensch with Shep Gordon

Shep Gordon joins Raghu to talk about some of the lessons around service, trust and equanimity he learned while working with some of the most prominent celebrities and figures of his time.

In the course of his legendary career as a manager, agent, and producer, Shep Gordon has worked with, and befriended, some of the biggest names in the entertainment industry, from Alice Cooper to Groucho Marx, Blondie to Jimi Hendrix, Sylvester Stallone to Salvador Dali. He is also credited with inventing the “celebrity chef,” and has worked with Nobu Matsuhisa, Emeril Lagasse, Wolfgang Puck, Roger Vergé, and many others, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Jul 21, 2018
Ep. 248 – The Three Questions with Don Miguel Ruiz

Don Miguel Ruiz visits the Mindrolling podcast for a conversation about three essential questions that drive our lives and govern our spiritual power.

Jul 13, 2018
Ep. 247 - Deconstructing Yourself with Micheal Taft

This week on the Mindrollling Podcast, Michael Taft drops in for a conversation about deconstructing our ego, bringing life into balance and dealing with afflictive emotions.

Jul 07, 2018
Ep. 246 - Living in a Mindful Universe with Dr. Eben Alexander
Jun 30, 2018
Ep. 245 – Dead Set on Living with Chris Grosso

Chris Grosso returns to the Mindrolling Podcast to talk about overcoming our self-defeating behaviors with spiritual practice.

Jun 22, 2018
Ep. 244 - India Yatra Part Four: Returning Home

Home from their Yatra through India, Raghu sits down with Dakota Wint and Lucian Davis to reflect on their experiences and talk about some of the changes in themselves they have observed since returning.

Jun 16, 2018
Ep. 243 - The Fruitful Darkness with Trevor Hall

This week, Trevor Hall joins Raghu for a conversation about the growth that can come from turning towards our suffering in periods of fruitful darkness.

Jun 08, 2018
Ep. 242 - Sacred Medicines with Nick Polizzi

Nick Polizzi returns to the Mindrolling Podcast to discuss the ways that sacred medicines can transform how we relate to death, fear and the world at large. 

Jun 02, 2018
Ep. 241 - No Fear No Death with Anne Lamott and Duncan Trussell

Anne Lamott and Duncan Trussell join Raghu for an honest chat about taking the fear out of our relationship with death.

May 25, 2018
Ep. 240 - Stability and Discovery with David Nichtern

David Nichtern returns to the show for a conversation about lifting the veils of reality, understanding the key components of awareness and recognizing the seeds of karma.


May 19, 2018
Ep. 239 - Reality and Karma with Robert Thurman

Robert Thurman returns to the show for a conversation about facing reality, transforming our reactivity and understanding karma. 


May 11, 2018
Ep. 238 - Sally Quinn

This week, journalist Sally Quinn joins the show to talk about her search for God as an agnostic, finding meaning in suffering and embracing the transformational power of love.



May 05, 2018
Ep. 237 - India Yatra Part Three: Welcome to the Jungle

We check back in with Raghu and his Yatra companions, Dakota Wint and Lucian Davis, as they reflect on their experiences in the jungles of Gwalior with a very special being fondly nicknamed "The Jungle Baba."


Apr 27, 2018
Ep. 236 – Authentic Leadership with Scott Kriens and Jared “Gagan” Levy

Raghu is joined by Scott Kriens, founder of 1440 Multiversity, and Jared “Gagen” Levey, founder of Guru Media Solutions, for a conversation around the rise of contemplative practice, the pursuit of authentic leadership and bringing mindfulness into our roles in the workplace.

Apr 21, 2018
Ep. 235 – The Awakened Life with Dr. Shefali Tsabary

Dr. Shefali Tsabary joins the show for a conversation around the cultivation of mindfulness, conscious parenting and methods for living an awakened life.

Dr. Shefali is a world-renowned clinical psychologist who specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. She lectures extensively on mindful living and conscious parenting around the world and is in private practice in NYC.

Apr 13, 2018
Ep. 234 - Wisdom Rising with Lama Tsultrim Allione

This week on the Mindrolling Podcast, Lama Tsultrim Allione returns for a conversation around the practice of mandala and connecting with the aspect of the divine feminine known as the Dakini.

Apr 06, 2018
Ep. 233 – India Yatra Part Two: Miracle of Love

Raghu and his travel companions, Dakota Wint and Lucian Davis, stop for a conversation about miracles and trust on their Yatra through India.

Mar 31, 2018
Ep. 232 – Getting Over Yourself with Dr. Mark Epstein

This week on the Mindrolling Podcast Dr. Mark Epstein joins the podcast to talk about changing our perspective and getting over ourselves with the tools of Buddhist practice.

Mar 24, 2018
Ep. 231 - East Forest

Musician East Forest, aka Trevor Oswalt, joins the Mindrolling Podcast for a conversation around music, psychedelics and spirituality.


Mar 17, 2018
Ep. 230 - The Road Home with Ethan Nichtern

This week Ethan Nichtern joins the show to talk about sharing the teachings of Buddhism in a more relatable way and following our karmic road home.


Mar 10, 2018
Ep. 229 - Standing at the Edge with Roshi Joan Halifax

This week, Roshi Joan Halifax returns to the show for a conversation around finding freedom at the edge where fear and courage meet.


Mar 02, 2018
Ep. 228 - India Yatra to the Land of the Gods

Recorded in the foothills of the Himalayas, Raghu interviews fellow travelers, Dakota Wint and Lucian Davis, about their experiences on the group’s Yatra through India.

This episode begins a four-part series documenting the group’s yatra through India and sharing their internal journey along the way.

Feb 24, 2018
Ep. 227 – Honoring Alan Watts with Anne and Joan Watts

Alan Watt’s eldest daughters, Anne and Joan Watts, join the show to talk about their father’s work and his recently published collection of letters.

Feb 17, 2018
Ep. 226 - Reality and Karma with Lama Surya Das

This week, Raghu is joined by Lama Surya Das for a conversation about how we approach reality and karma.


Feb 10, 2018
Ep. 225 - Getting Real with Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg and Raghu share a conversation about the process of getting real with ourselves with the help of mindfulness and meditation practice.

Feb 03, 2018
Ep. 224 - The Craving for Becoming with Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein returns to the show to help unpack a few challenging Dharmic concepts and opens our eyes to the subtle craving of becoming.


Jan 26, 2018
Ep. 223 - The Space Within w/ Jack Kornfield

Jack Kornfield returns to the show to talk about how spiritual practice provides a place of peace and security within ourselves that we can always return to.


Jan 18, 2018
Ep. 222 – Crashing with Pete Holmes and Duncan Trussell

Comedians Duncan Trussell and Pete Holmes return to the podcast for a conversation around trust and what happens when the world as we know it comes crashing down around us.

Jan 12, 2018
Ep. 221 – Tom Bluewolf

Tom Bluewolf joins the show to talk about the lessons of peace, equanimity and divine purpose taught by his Muscogee Native American tradition.

Jan 06, 2018
Ep. 220 – 2018: Moving Forward into the New Year

David Silver returns to the Mindrolling Podcast for a special conversation about entering 2018 with mindfulness and compassion.

Dec 30, 2017
Ep. 219 – Dr. Gabor Maté

Raghu is joined by Dr. Gabor Maté for a conversation about the Hungry Ghost Realm of addiction and healing from trauma with compassionate inquiry.

Dec 22, 2017
Ep. 218 - Dr. Robert Svoboda

Raghu is joined by Dr. Robert Svoboda for a conversation about karma and the Tantric traditions.


Dec 13, 2017
Ep. 217 - Jamie Catto

Jamie Catto joins the podcast to talk about how we can transform our suffering with spiritual practice and a change of perspective.

Nov 30, 2017
Ep. 216 - Duncan Trussell, Sharon Salzberg and David Nichtern Live

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.

Nov 23, 2017
Ep. 215 - Sai Baba of Shirdi with David Silver
Nov 14, 2017
Ep. 214 – Trust in the Heart with Krishna Das

Fresh from retreat in India, Krishna Das returns to the podcast for a conversation around finding trust in the heart with the grace of the Guru.

Nov 07, 2017
Ep. 213 - MC Yogi

Performing artist and yoga teacher MC YOGI visits the show to talk about the transformative power of music and living a balanced life with spiritual practice.


Oct 31, 2017
Ep. 212 - Jahnavi Harrison Returns!

This week, kirtan artist Jahnavi Harrison returns to talk about trust, commitment and the path of Bhakti yoga.

Oct 24, 2017
Ep. 211 – David Godman
Oct 13, 2017
Ep. 210 - Vincent Horn Returns!

Vincent Horn, from the Buddhist Geeks podcast, returns for a conversation around psychedelics, surrender and the self.


Oct 03, 2017
Ep. 209 - The Dharma of Dogs with Tami Simon

Tami Simon, author of The Dharma of Dogs, returns for a conversation about the relationships we form with our animals and the wisdom they have to teach us. 


Sep 21, 2017
Ep. 208 - Leopard Warrior with John Lockley

South African shaman, John Lockley, returns to talk about his book, Leopard Warrior, and share wisdom about dreams, the rhythm of truth and finding our center.


Sep 14, 2017
Ep. 207 - Searching for the Soul with Rabbi Naomi Levy

This week on the Mindrolling podcast, Rabbi Naomi Levy shares her journey of searching for the soul and discusses the wisdom shared by all spiritual traditions.


Sep 08, 2017
Ep. 206 - Near Death Experiences with Dr. Jeffrey Long

Dr. Jeffrey Long visits the Mindrolling podcast to talk about his fascinating research around near death experiences.


Aug 31, 2017
Ep. 205 - Pico Iyer

Author, Pico Iyer, visits the Mindrolling podcast for a conversation about inner exploration, Zen Buddhism, and the Dalai Lama. 


Aug 23, 2017
Ep. 204 – Inspiring Generosity and Courage with Barbara Bonner

Author, Barbara Bonner, visits the show to talk about inspiring generosity and courage within ourselves and in others.

Aug 15, 2017
Ep. 203 - The Last Dalai Lama? w/ Mickey Lemle

Director of "Fierce Grace", Mickey Lemle, returns to the podcast to talk about his latest film, “The Last Dalai Lama?” 

Aug 08, 2017
Ep. 202 - Trudy Goodman - Harmonizing with What Is

Trudy Goodman joins the show for a conversation around meeting everything life has to offer with an open heart and harmonize with what is. 

Aug 01, 2017
Ep. 201 - All Our Waves are Water with Jaimal Yogis

Outdoorsman, author and teacher, Jaimal Yogis, visits the show to talk about his latest book, "All Our Waves are Water."


Jul 25, 2017
Ep. 200 – Reactions to Reality with Duncan Trussell and David Silver

David Silver and Duncan Trussell return for a very special 200th episode of the Mindrolling podcast!

Jul 18, 2017
Ep. 199 - Rabbi Rami Shapiro

On this episode of the Mindrolling podcast, Rabbi Rami Shapiro returns to talk about the perennial teachings found in his new book, “The World Wisdom Bible.”

Raghu and Rabbi Rami Shapiro discuss the shared message that can be found in the major world religious once we look past the surface differences.

Jul 11, 2017
Ep. 198 - Sharon Salzberg and Raghu Markus from Life in Balance Q&A

Sharon Salzberg joins Raghu Markus from one of the Life In Balance Q&A webinars, answering questions about meditation practice, dealing with fear and learning to trust.

Jul 05, 2017
Ep. 197 - Joel Solomon and Jared Levy

Joel Solomon and Jared Levy join the Mindrolling Podcast for a conversation around changing the world by developing sustainable businesses that build social and financial equity.

Jun 27, 2017
Ep. 196 - No Time Like The Present with Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield joins the Mindrolling podcast to talk about trust, freedom from troubled emotions, and Jack’s newest book “No Time Like The Present.” Raghu shares excerpts from “No Time Like The Present,” and the two discuss the uncertain times we find ourselves in and how loving-awareness practice can see us through them.
Jun 20, 2017
Ep. 195 - Mirror Touch with Joel Salinas M.D.
Joel Salinas M.D. joins the Mindrolling podcast to talk about his book, “Mirror Touch,” and the phenomena of mirror-touch synesthesia. Raghu and Joel discuss this fascinating phenomenon which blurs the boundaries between the self and others. They talk about the importance of inner work and how different spiritual practices affect our physiology.
Jun 13, 2017
Ep. 194 - 1967 w/ Danny Goldberg
Danny Goldberg joins the Mindrolling podcast to talk about his new book “In Search of the Lost Chord: 1967 and the Hippie Idea.”
Jun 06, 2017
Ep. 193 - Robert Thurman
Professor Robert Thurman joins the Mindrolling podcast to talk about his time with the Dalai Lama, Loving Activism, and finding space within. Robert Thurman is the Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion at Columbia University, President of the Tibet House U.S., a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Tibetan civilization, and President of the American Institute of Buddhist Studies, a non-profit affiliated with the Center for Buddhist Studies at Columbia University and dedicated to the publication of translations of important artistic and scientific treatises from the Tibetan Tengyur.
May 25, 2017
Ep. 192 - Benjy Wertheimer
On this episode of Mindrolling, profound musician, Benjy Wertheimer, shares his practice of Nāda yoga along with stories of his study under legendary musician Ali Akbar Khan. Raghu and Benjy discuss the consciousness changing qualities of devotional music and how those insights can be used to better interact with ourselves and the world.
May 19, 2017
Ep. 191 - Discussion on the Ramayana with Krishna Das and Rameshwar Das
Raghu is joined by his old friends, and armchair Ramayana scholars, Rameshwar Das and Krishna Das, for an in-depth discussion on the Ramayana and how it can impact our daily lives. Using K.K. Sah's insightful Ramayana commentary as a reference, the group explores the nine forms of devotion taught in the Ramayana. They give a fresh perspective on true devotion and how we can all apply its lessons in our day-to-day living.
May 05, 2017
Ep. 190 - Thích Nhất Hạnh with David Silver
David Silver returns to share words of peace and wisdom for an upside-down world from the sage Thích Nhất Hạnh. Zen Master Thích Nhất Hạnh is the epitome of peace, mindfulness and awareness. David and Raghu talk about how we can transform Hạnh’s wisdom into inner and outer change.
Apr 28, 2017
Ep. 189 - Compassion into Passion with Jared "Gagan" Levy
Jared “Gagan” Levy returns to Mindrolling to talk about the realities of social action and turning compassion into the passion. When we turn compassion into passion, it is possible to prevent social action from transforming our compassion into anger. Gagan and Raghu reflect on the teachings of Ram Dass and encourage us to redirect our anger into passion.
Apr 21, 2017
Ep. 188 - Rediscovering Mercy with Anne Lamott
Anne Lamott visits Mindrolling to talk about her new book, “Hallelujah Anyway: Rediscovering Mercy.” These days, the need for rediscovering mercy is more important than ever. Anne Lamott shares a fresh way to look at mercy and the importance of showing it to ourselves as much as we do others.
Apr 07, 2017
Ep. 187 - Big Miracles with Joanna Garzilli
Spiritual success coach, motivational speaker and author, Joanna Garzilli, visits Mindrolling to talk about intuition and big miracles. Joanna teaches her clients to use their gift of intuition and to lead through service. She and Raghu discuss fulfilling our soul’s blueprint, taking responsibility for our lives and overcoming the traps set by our ego and fears.
Mar 31, 2017
Ep. 186 - Getting Ultra Spiritual with JP Sears
YouTube sensation, JP Sears, visits Mindrolling to talk about his unique form of satire and new book, "How to Be Ultra Spiritual." JP Sears is an emotional healing coach and international teacher, whose work is intended to empower people to empower themselves to live more meaningful lives. JP is most known for his satirical YouTube series, "Awaken With JP." JP's witty and insightful form of comedy shines a light of critical honesty that aims to make us consider ourselves, and life, in a more thoughtful way.
Mar 24, 2017
Ep. 185 - Dakota Wint and Koi Fresco
This week on Mindrolling, Raghu is joined by inspirational YouTube personalities, Dakota Wint and Koi Fresco, to talk about the next generation of spiritual seekers. Dakota Wint and Koi Fresco are two seekers who guide other young people with their insightful and creative YouTube channels. They talk about how to engage the world in a positive way, as well as discuss the similarities between the 60’s and the world we live in now.
Mar 17, 2017
Ep. 184 - Dr. Paul Ekman
Psychologist, Dr. Paul Ekman, visits Mindrolling to discuss his influential research, work with the Dali Lama and our relationship to emotions. Dr. Paul Ekman's research on emotions and non-verbal behavior explore what we share and what links us all together. He and Raghu dive into the nature of emotions and how we respond to them.
Mar 06, 2017
Ep. 183 – The Integration of Justice and Love
Roshi Joan Halifax joins Raghu to talk about anger and the integration of justice and love. What do we do with the anger incited by social injustice? Roshi Joan talks about equanimity and the role that our perspective of anger plays in the integration of justice and love.
Feb 27, 2017
Ep. 182 - Duncan, Pete, and Raghu enter the Synaptic Cleft
Raghu is joined by his good friends Duncan Trussell and Pete Holmes to search their synaptic cleft for consciousness and the guru. The group talks about whether experiencing a fully realized being in spirit is the same as encountering them in the flesh. They ask questions about the nature of consciousness, in and beyond the synaptic cleft, and what it is to open your heart to the possibility of something bigger than anything the material world has to offer.
Feb 17, 2017
Ep. 181 - "Mensch Up" with Lama Surya Das
Lama Surya Das joins Raghu to talk about our political sea change, responding to anger, and encourage us all to find our authentic selves and "mensch up." How do we deal with our reactivity and anger? Lama Surya Das gives practical advice on how to deal with anger in the moment. He encourages us to use courage and compassion to "mensch up" and become our most authentic selves.
Feb 10, 2017
Ep. 180 - Love, Always with Mona Haydar
Poet and activist, Mona Haydar, joins Raghu to talk about connecting with others, transforming challenges, and showing love, always. Mona practices a life of sacred activism, poetry, contemplation and advocacy for living gently upon the Earth. She teaches classes and retreats on mindfulness and Islamic spirituality, leads workshops on creative writing and performs her poetry. Her words have found homes in the hearts of seekers, wanderers, poets, artists, lovers and stewards of the Earth.
Feb 03, 2017
Ep. 179 - Nancy Colier
Raghu chats with author Nancy Colier about balancing spiritual practice and our ever increasing use of technology. Nancy Colier is a psychotherapist, interfaith minister, author, mindfulness teacher and public speaker. She is also a longtime student and practitioner of Eastern spirituality. Raghu speaks with Nancy about breaking our technology addiction and how we might use technology for the tools that they are.
Jan 27, 2017
Ep. 178 - Inner Excavation with David Silver
Mindrolling co-host, David Silver, returns to talk about the American presidential inauguration and the inner excavation that can be done to stop the polarization that separates us from one another.  David takes a break from working on his book to catch up with Raghu and the Mindrolling community. They talk about their reaction to Trump, polarization, fear, and how practice allows for an inner excavation of what separates us from each other and ourselves.
Jan 18, 2017
Ep. 177 - One Ground, Two Paths with Lama Tsultrim Allione
Lama Tsultrim Allione returns to Mindrolling. She and Raghu talk about transforming anger, devotion, and the teaching of One Ground, Two Paths, Two Results.   Tsultrim discusses our potential to redirect negative emotions in a positive and productive way. She and Raghu talk about her article, "One Ground, Two Paths, Two Results," which teaches us to recognize the path that leads away from our true nature and the path that leads back to it.
Jan 05, 2017
Ep. 176 - Love is Beyond Time
Sharon Salzberg and Danny Goldberg join Raghu for a special conversation about our foreboding political climate and better ways to approach it through practice.   In times like this, of fear and polarization, it is important to find balance and approach others with loving-kindness. The group inspires us not to despair by remembering that even though the past and future are full of darkness, love is beyond time and will carry us through.
Dec 30, 2016
Ep. 175 - Rob Bell
Author and speaker Rob Bell joins Mindrolling to talk about his new book and how he helps others live life with a deeper level of appreciation and love for each other. Rob Bell is a pastor and New York Times bestselling author of Love Wins, What We Talk About When We Talk about God, The Zimzum of Love and his most recent book How To Be Here. He and Raghu discuss their common practices, barrier dissolving experiences, and how applying practice can help us overcome our greatest challenges.
Dec 20, 2016
Ep. 174 - Chris "Bash" Bashinelli
Chris "Bash" Bashinelli joins Raghu to discuss his inspirational documentary series and how it as informed his inner journey.  Bash gave up an acting career to exchange with the world and fulfill a higher calling. His documentaries give a personal perspective of what life is like in other cultures, highlighting the similarities we share with them despite all the differences. Bash empowers each of us to become GLOBAL CITIZENS, productive members of our organization, our family, and ultimately- the world!
Dec 09, 2016
Ep. 173 - Reverend Alexander MacPhail
Reverend Alexander MacPhail visits Mindrolling to discuss the parallels of Christianity and Eastern spiritual practices.   Rev. MacPhail explores Christian mysticism and answers questions about combining Christianity with Buddhist practice.
Dec 02, 2016
Ep. 172 - Mooji
Mindrolling Podcast welcomes world-renown spiritual teacher, Mooji.   Mooji provides a unique and refreshing perspective on what it means to be on the spiritual path. He and Raghu discuss the non-dualism, free-will, and the pitfalls of self.   "Anyone whose mind is in the heart has inherited a tremendous space. It is like the whole universe becomes yours." - Mooji
Nov 18, 2016
Ep. 171 - Terra Nova with Jared Levy and Martin Winiecki
Raghu brings Jared Levy and Martin Winiecki on the show to talk about the Tamera community and the book that it inspired, Terra Nova. Jared Levy returns to Mindrolling to introduce Martin and talk about the important work being done at Tamera. Martin is a core team member of the Tamera Biotope in Portugal, where he is Coordinator of the Terra Nova School and the Political Department. The two discuss the impactful research done at Tamera as well as the hope it holds for our future.
Nov 11, 2016
Ep. 170 - Sacred Science
This week, on Mindrolling, Nick J. Polizzi joins Raghu to discuss Nick's inspiring documentary on Shamanic medicine and what it has to offer the West. The documentary, Sacred Science, brings together eight patients whose illnesses Western medicine could not cure. Nick and Raghu talk about the movie, the medicine, and the future of this practice which has so much to offer the world.
Nov 04, 2016
Ep. 169 - There's No Crying In Baseball
Mindrolling co-founder David Silver returns to talk about what he has been up to, the ominous state of the world, and the moving power of devotion. Raghu and David read from an article written by a Buddhist Rinpoche who addresses the role of emotion and devotion in Tibetian Buddhism. Find out how one of the greatest Boddhisatvas of our time was brought to tears and what his depth of heart has to teach us. There may be no crying in baseball, but on this episode of Mindrolling Raghu and David show how off base that sentiment really is.  
Oct 27, 2016
Ep. 168 – David Nichtern: Awakening from the Daydream
Raghu is joined once again by musician, author, and teacher, David Nichtern. David chats with Raghu about his new book, “Awakening from the Daydream,” which reimagines the ancient Buddhist parables of the Wheel of Life and Samsara. David describes a few of the realms of Samsara and where we see them playing out in our world today. He also gives us practices to overcome these obstacles to our inner balance. This conversation about Buddhism is not one to be missed. Everyone can learn something, as David relates the teachings of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche in a way that is accessible to anyone. “In each of these realms, the peace that you are talking about has been mistaken. You think the peace is, ‘ If I keep competing and keep getting to the top, then I will have peace.’ In The Hungry Ghost realm,’ If I keep consuming if I keep craving things that act will bring me peace.’ But it is exactly that act which keeps you from having peace.” – David Nichtern,Awakening from the Daydream: Reimagining the Buddha’s Wheel of Life   More About David David Nichtern is a senior teacher in the Shambhala Buddhist lineage of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche. This tradition combines a contemporary, secular approach to meditation with the ancient practices and philosophies of Tibetan Buddhism. David was one of the initial American students of renowned meditation master Trungpa Rinpoche and studied closely with him soon after his arrival in the United States in 1970. David has been co-director of the LA Shambhala Center and Karme Choling Meditation Center in Vermont, as well as Director of Expansion for Shambhala Training International and Director of Buddhist Practice and Study for OM yoga. He has been a featured writer and regular contributor to The Huffington Post and leads meditation workshops around the world and online. David also works individually with meditation students in person and via Skype. He does a weekly live broadcast on Ustream (via his Facebook page) and has several online meditation workshops available through creativeLIVE.com. His DVD/CD package OM YOGA & MEDITATION WORKSHOP, created in conjunction with yoga teacher Cyndi Lee, is widely available David Nichtern is also a well-known composer, producer and guitarist – a four-time Emmy winner and a two-time Grammy nominee. He is the founder of Dharma Moon and 5 Points Records. David has recorded and played with Stevie Wonder, Jerry Garcia, Lana Del Rey, Maria Muldaur, Paul Simon and many others. Among his many credits in records, film and tv, David wrote the classic song “Midnight at the Oasis” and composed the score for Christopher Guest’s film “The Big Picture”. As the Beyman Bros, he collaborated with Guest and CJ Vanston on an album “Memories of Summer as a Child” and has produced multiple records for Grammy nominated kirtan performer Krishna Das. For more conversation with David, listen to his last visit to the Mindrolling Podcast.
Oct 21, 2016
Ep. 167 - Bioneers Co-Founder Kenny Ausubel
On this week's episode of Mindrolling, Raghu sits down with Bioneers co-founder, Kenny Ausubel. They discuss the role of Bioneers and how it is bringing innovative thinkers together to create radical social and environmental change. Kenny explores the interconnectedness of all things and what can be done to strike a balance between nature and humanity.   "Before we think that we can change anything, we are going to have to change our own hearts." - Ram Dass   More About Bioneers Bioneers was founded in 1990 in Santa Fe, New Mexico by social entrepreneurs Kenny Ausubel and Nina Simons. Bioneers advances the great transformation underway in human civilization by serving as a seed head for game-changing social and scientific vision, knowledge and practices that honor the genius of nature and human ingenuity. Bioneers does so through their annual National Bioneers Conference, award-winning media, local conferences and community resilience networks, and leadership training programs focused on youth, women, and Indigenous peoples. The next Bioneers Conference is October 21-23, 2016. For information or to register, click here.
Oct 10, 2016
Ep. 166 - Larry Brilliant
On this episode of Mindrolling, Raghu finally gets the opportunity to bring an old friend, Dr. Larry Brilliant, on the show. Larry Brilliant is a remarkable individual with an incredible story. Larry shares with us highlights from his life of service to others. Through Maharaji, Larry discovered his true love for everyone and was led to help eradicate smallpox from India and the world. "Love Everyone, Serve Everyone, Feed People, Remember God." - Maharaji
Oct 05, 2016
Ep. 165 - Empathy with Judith Orloff
An old friend of the show, Dr. Judith Orloff, returns to have a conversation with Raghu about empathy and sensitivity. We are given a compelling look at the life of an empath and how one might stay spiritually open while protecting themselves from being overwhelmed by what they let in. Judith is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at UCLA, practicing Psychiatrist, and best-selling New York Times author. Her unique approach marries traditional psychiatric practices, intuition, spirituality, and energy medicine, unlike any other practitioner. "People who are sensitive in life may suffer much more than those who are insensitive. But, if they understand and go beyond their suffering, they will discover extraordinary things." - Jiddu Krishnamurti
Sep 26, 2016
Ep. 164 - Dan Harmon and Duncan Trussell
Our podcast guru, Duncan Trussell, introduces Raghu to writer and producer Dan Harmon. Dan is known for his cutting humor and honest introspection. Our trio sits down in Dan’s studio for a conversation about work, introspection, and finding happiness.Coming from a background of not making enough money and working undesirable jobs, Dan tries to find balance with his life and workload now that everyone wants to hire him for something.  Dan shares his recent struggle of being aware of, and respecting, the feelings and experience of his employees. The group discusses mindfulness and being aware of the destructive patterns that play out in our lives. Tune in for all this and more on this week’s unique episode of the Mindrolling Podcast with Dan Harmon!Show Notes07:30 – Dan talks a bit about his relationship with work and his “workaholism”. It can be hard to turn away any creative work away when you remember what it’s like not having any. 12:30 – The group discusses the idea of mindfulness and finding satisfaction in even the most menial of tasks. There is fulfillment in being present and at one with our work. Dan reminisces about an impactful conversation with a very honest telemarketer about her place in life.17:05 – Dan romanticizes a future where every person has moral dealbreakers on how they spend their time. In an economy where most are forced into sacrificing more of themselves than they may wish, what would the world look like under different circumstances?19:40 – Duncan accidentally uncovers the anarchist roots of Twitter.21:05 – Raghu talks to Dan more about “workaholism”. Dan is currently working on how his “workaholism” is affecting the people who work for him. He is especially sensitive to his actions because of how much abuse workers in the entertainment industry receive already.26:30 – Duncan expresses what it is like being caught in the machine that is corporate entertainment. How does one acknowledge and respect every individual involved in such a high-intensity position?30:05 – Raghu points out that the first step in approaching the issue of fully recognizing others in the moment is having the intention to make that person a priority.  Dan opens up about his difficulty being mindful of this dilemma.35:40 – We go around everyday projecting what others are thinking and allowing them to influence how we interact with the world. This is why the mindfulness movement is gaining so much popularity. Allowing us to understand what is really going on in our mind and what motivates us. Duncan and Dan share where they are at in their lives on the subject of mindfulness.38:50 – There are these recursive videotapes of habit that we run throughout our lives. Duncan exposes about how uneasy he feels thinking about this concept of the replaying tapes, and the work it takes to break the loop they catch us in.45:30 – Dan has difficulty in putting his finger on what exactly he wants, is that a sign that he may already have it? Duncan relates Dan’s dilemma to Buddhist and Bhakti teachings.50:15 – Forget trying to reach Nirvana while we are still asking, “why am I not happy?” We need to focus on simple steps, looking inside is the first step on that path to happiness. Raghu explains Jack Kornfield’s question of “How do we make friends with suffering?”55:35 – Dan Harmon is known for talking about truth no matter how uncomfortable it may be. He shares his view of truth as a life-saving mechanism. It is difficult for Dan to see the duplicity in so much of our modern world, which fuels his pursuit of honesty and truth.1:00:20 – When we remain blind to our self-centeredness we create deeper layers of complexity to our suffering. Duncan relates Dan’s position to Copernicus’s theory of Heliocentrism. Dan expresses his difficulty in separating himself from the “I”.  Raghu reminds us that we all are going through the same trip and explains how his practice has changed the way he navigates life.Dan Harmon is a writer, show runner, and producer. Harmon is best known for creating and producing NBC comedy series Community, co-creating Adult Swim animated television series Rick and Morty, and co-founding the alternative television network/website Channel 101. Keep an eye out for Dan’s hilarious new animated show HarmonQuest and Youtube series Great Minds with Dan Harmon!Also, check out Dan and Duncan’s chat about “workaholism”, being in the moment, and more on the 200 episode anniversary of the “Duncan Trussell Family Hour“
Sep 15, 2016
Ep 163 - John Lockley Returns
South African shaman John Lockley returns! In this episode, John brings us stories from the bush and tales of the inner landscape. “Radical mindfulness is radical listening. Without judgment, without ego, just listen.” – John Lockley Raghu and John talk about the self, the spirit world, and the interconnectedness of mystical traditions. What is in a name? How does a shaman practice mindfulness? Find out on this episode of the Mindrolling Podcast. “We must dream the impossible. Seek the beauty of sharing wisdom through the cracks of our longing. Usher into reality the possibility of a world village glued together by a concert of wisdom.” – Malidoma Somé   John Lockley is a fully initiated sangoma (healer and shaman) in the Xhosa lineage of South Africa, having spent 10 years in an apprenticeship with the tribe that gave us Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. His remarkable journey through the constraints of Apartheid is a testament to the human spirit, and to the power of forgiveness and reconciliation. For more information on John his schedule, check out his event calendar. 
Sep 09, 2016
Ep. 162 - The Challenged Inner Explorer
Raghu talks with Be Here Now Network staffers, JR Morton and Corey Leonard, about being mindful in the era of smartphones. They discuss the pros and cons of a device that gives us access to so much but is changing how we interact and how our brains function. Smartphones are pulling us away from ourselves at an alarming rate. What can we do to mitigate their downsides and use them for the tools they are meant to be?
Aug 29, 2016
Ep.161 - Laughter and Life with Natasha Leggero
While in L.A., Raghu drops by for a chat with a newly made friend, comedian Natasha Leggero. They talk about what led Natasha on a path of self-inquiry. How Ram Dass has played an important role in her life and career. Natasha talks about how inspirational relationships and self-work have brought her a life she couldn’t have imagined as a struggling comedian. Raghu touches on the topics of shakti, mantra, and “drugs”. 
Aug 19, 2016
Ep. 160 - Buddhist Geeks with Vincent Horn
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 awareness.
Aug 11, 2016
Ep.159 – Mindfulness: A Practical Perspective
Mindfulness and approaching it from as many practical approaches as possible. In this latest episode, Raghu and Ramesh look at: What does mindfulness really mean? What kind of perspective you can have about it that can change your life, the different practices of it that people can do on a day to day basis without joining anything, you can sit there and work with your breath, so you can bring awareness and the witness into your life so you can see your motivations and have a curiosity on who you really are. Bringing mindfulness into your life so you can just relax into a moment where you’re not judging yourself and can just be. In a world that asks us to be constantly multi-tasking, how do we curb the monkey mind? Ramesh and Raghu explore a variety of practices and perspectives that help to cultivate a less discursive mind. Such as the breath, which brings all your life systems to one place and is critical to focusing. Or Vipassana, also known as Insight Meditation, is a meditation that helps develop concentration and facilitates having clear focus, or one-pointedness. Whatever the practice, it’s about settling the mind and body down, so that one’s consciousness can come together. Amazon Recommendations Mindfulness: A Practical Guide to Awakening by Joseph Goldstein The First and Last Freedom by Jiddu Krishnamurti
Aug 05, 2016
Ep 158 - Caravan of No Despair- Mirabai Starr
Raghu welcomes Mirabai Starr- famous for her Christian Mystic books and now her memoir- Caravan of No Despair. Raghu asked what in the world she asked for while still in the Bardos between lives - her first few decades in this incarnation being so full of intense suffering! As if she knew what she needed to transform her being but she really asked for the full monty and managed to come through with flying colors! At one point Mirabai talks about how she "fired" God- "...all the teachings I had once embraced I now dismissed as artifacts of magical thinking." Of course this led to our discussion of the dark night of the soul and St John of the Cross whose book she then translated. And in the midst of that work she had a realization. "Tragedy and trauma are not guarantees for a transformational spiritual experience, true, but they are opportunities." Mirabai also explains two key concepts- Radical Unknowingness and Sacred Unraveling. These two form the backbone of a spiritual path that is not pre-digested concepts but more visceral reality. For more from Mirabai Starr, visit her website or Facebook page. Mirabai's Book: Caravan of No Despair
Jul 24, 2016
Ep. 157 - Trevor Hall and Mother Kali
Raghu and his Guru pal Duncan Trussell, get together for an illuminating conversation with Trevor Hall at the most recent Ram Dass retreat on Maui. Trevor shares his amazing transformation through discovering the guru, Neem Karoli Baba, by meeting Raghu’s younger brother at the age of 17, and eventually winding up living in a Kali temple in Laguna Beach, CA. Duncan’s infectious curiosity anchors this podcast as Trevor describes the many layers of symbolism found in the image of the fierce goddess Kali. Most people don’t see the significance behind the many layers of this Goddess, usually getting distracted by the gore depicted and not seeing the undertones of motherly unconditional love represented. Trevor draws from his years living at the Kali temple to explain the iconography and the unconditional love behind the Divine Mother Goddess Kali. Duncan’s questions serve as a guide as Trevor elaborates on all facets of the portrayals of Kali: from the reason Kali is seen biting her tongue, to the implications of her holding the sword of discernment in one hand, and a severed head in the other. In the case of Kali’s bloody garland of 50 skulls, Trevor helps to break down the symbolism: “the 50 heads represent the 50 letters of the sanskrit alphabet, which includes all sound. All sounds come from the mother, everything we hear: good, bad, the sound of the ocean, this language, everything is filled with the mother’s presence. So what happens if we have that mindset, everything I hear is just ma, ma, ma…” Or as Duncan summarizes it: “So everything I hear is a severed head on the neck of Kali.” Raghu recounts his experiences with different embodiments of the Divine Mother: with reading the “Gospel of Ramakrishna”; a meeting with Sri Aurobindo’s spiritual partner, “Mother” in Pondicherry; and his interactions with his Indian mother, the saint, Siddhi Ma. Together, they continue to explore their own personal experiences with Divine Mother, their mothers, and the spectrum of both positive and negative attachments Western culture has with the word “Mother.” To wrap up, Trevor chants a prayer to the Divine Mother, or Ma. 
Jul 13, 2016
Ep.156 - Think Less is More
Raghu is joined by his roommate from back in the day in India, Rameshwar Das Lytton or just plain Ramesh! Ramesh has been Ram Dass co-author on his two latest books- Be Love Now and Polishing The Mirror. Raghu quotes from Ram Dass about those who saw the physical Guru- “None of us knew Maharaji- we just knew our own projections” More fodder for the reality of not needing to meet the Guru in the flesh. Also on the table is; what is a Guru vs a Saint vs a Siddha or perfectly enlightened one. Raghu and Ramesh also delve into the reality of our overactive, busy minds and the effect on our lives. Referring from a NY Times article that corroborated scientifically that “the capacity for original thinking is markedly stymied by stray thoughts, obsessive ruminations and other forms of mental load” and “your internal exploration is too often diminished by an overly occupied mind”. So our only conclusion is Meditate Now!
Jul 01, 2016
Ep. 155 - Failure Free Zone with Gil Fronsdal
Raghu with his co-host, true blue soul mate wife, Saraswati Markus hang with Gil Fronsdal- newly named Baba Gil. Gil hails from the Insight Meditation family and was discovered by Saraswati during her long nite festivals of Dharama talks. When we talk about the difficulties people have with meditative practice Gil calls out to people to remember that it is a "failure free zone". We talk about the Be Here Now concept and Gil renames it "unconditional acceptance of the present moment". And of course the hosts inevitably have to ask about mindfulness and it's very worldly application in these times- Gil suggests that we use mindfulness to check out our thoughts and motivations and follow and be aware of where our focus wanders. Saraswati engages Baba Gil about the Buddhist No Self teaching which he comments on as " the self is like wind drag- when you eliminate that drag you can become free- no self".   Gil Fronsdal- The Issue At Hand- Essays on Mindfulness http://www.insightmeditationcenter.org   Amazon recommendations; Radiohead- A Moon Shaped Pool When Anger Hurts Matthew Mckay
Jun 23, 2016
Ep.154 - Bubbles and yet...
Raghu is joined by Duncan Trussell and Lama Surya Das at the Ram Dass Maui spring retreat  live podcast session. Unfortunately, just before the session Raghu cut someone off in the bathroom line and then was reprimanded by the aggrieved party. Of course there ensued guilt and recrimination which Duncan, in his wisdom, reassured Raghu that we all can't live up to impossible standards all the time- he then drifted into some comparison to the crucifixion.... Lama Surya Das on the other hand came to the table with exemplary explanations of the very difficult Buddhist concept of emptiness in his inimitable practical teaching style. In the end a sense of humor and a sense of our human predicament mashed in with a sense of the possibilities of a human incarnation.
Jun 15, 2016
Ep. 153 - Polarization
Raghu chats with Danny Goldberg- a man well versed in culture and politics to discuss the intense polarization in this country in this election year. The discussion circles around an article by Arthur C Brooks entitled Bipartisanship isn’t for Wimps, After All. Even friends are polarized by loyalties to Hillary or Bernie not to mention between Democrats and Republicans. As Mr Brooks mentions in his article- “we don’t like each other very much” and bigotry reigns all the way to contempt. How do we deal with this in our lives and stop the individual tendencies towards this polarization in our society. The Dalai Lama suggests the anti-dotes. Of course looking to ourselves and our behavior and not to governments and institutions to make the necessary changes. The Dalai Lama goes further to suggest a cultivation of warm heartedness towards those with whom we disagree. Sound squishy? No it’s actually tough but practical advice. As Danny says though- I don’t think it’s a contradiction of warm heartedness to say to those you disagree with- I respect your pain, I can love your soul but there are some moral issues that you advocate that I cannot agree with and I will counter in every way that I can. And Danny tells of ride sharing with a Trump supporter that featured two warm hearts!
Jun 02, 2016
Ep. 152 - Talking Transitions with Frank Ostaseski
Raghu is joined by Frank Osteseski, a Buddhist teacher andguiding light for people who are facing the death and dyingprocess.Raghu talks about his recent experience with the transition ofhis close friend Jyoti and it how it was like being at the veryprecipice of awakening when he sat with her as she was slippingthrough the Bardos.Frank describes being with someone who is dying as anopportunity to let go of our of all preconceived notions and to usethe transparency and rawness of that experience to bring ourselvesinto the moment.Frank encourages everyone not to wait to tell our near and dearthat we love them, and practicing for the eventual transition issomething to consider sooner than later.
May 03, 2016
Ep. 151 - New Beliefs, New Brain with Lisa Wimberger
Raghu introduces Lisa Wimberger, who got hit by lightening, blacked out and lost her pulse at 15 years old! Her traumatic event let Lisa to a new path, developing Neurosculpting - a fusion of brain science and mindfulness. As she says, even the most insidious mental beliefs can be re-written- and boy could we all use a little brain re-wiring! Lisa and Raghu talk about the flight-fright-freeze survival response and how it takes over our lives and how to protect ourselves from “contagious” emotions. Also Raghu delights in an article Lisa wrote on the New Age Scourge - she says, “ First stop saying Namaste and bless you when what you really mean is screw you.” This leads us to a conversation about clearing out toxic beliefs and behavior patterns. This podcast will change our tune with its mind-altering insights!
Apr 19, 2016
Ep. 150 - Dream Yoga
Raghu and guest host Michael "Jadu" Daner chats with dream yoga teacher Michael Katz, co-author of an excellent book, "Dream Yoga and the Practice of Natural Light".   Jadu tells his earliest fearful dream experiences that turned into euphoric flying dreams - and how flying in dreams presages lucid dreaming. Michael talks about how the mastering of lucidity in the dream state eventually will help master our final transition through the bardos or states of consciousness we enter into when we die.In dream yoga the emphasis is on the possibility of some level of enlightenment experience at the time of final transition. Michael Katz introduces his teacher, Lama Namkai Norbu (co-author of Dream Yoga) who said once, "I never claimed to be enlightened but I am a really good dream yogi." He is said to be able to return to specific dreams every night! "Rather than seeing dreams as messages from the psyche the Dzogchen tradition (Liberating Awareness) views them as an opportunity to recognize and interact with the foundations of your life."
Apr 07, 2016
Ep. 149 - Koshin Paley Ellison's Contemplative Care
Raghu speaks with Koshin Paley Ellison, the founder and partner of the New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care, an organization that works closely with people who are passing or ill. Koshin Paley describes his origins and how he was introduced to Zen Buddhism. He talks about the teachers, influences and triggers which geared the direction of his life and practice.  Including; the Aids Epidemic of the 1980’s, Alan Ginsberg, and his first Zen teacher John Daido Loori as well as being exposed to Ram Dass as a very young person. Koshin Paley tells the moving story of the passing away of his grandmother and the tremendous impact that experience had on his life. (hint: The New York Center for Contemplative Care wouldn’t be here otherwise!) Raghu and Koshin discuss the blending of Jungian depth techniques with Buddhist psychology and what exactly a Spiritual Bypass is. Other topics covered are relationships, bearing witness, loving action and what is being brought to light by working with dying people.  
Mar 29, 2016
Ep. 148 - Rick Doblin's Psychedelic Studies
Raghu is joined by Rick Doblin, head of (take a deep breath for this one) Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, otherwise known as MAPS! Rick describes some of the things that helped him to see into a new reality, including his faith-puncturing Bar Mitzvah, which forced him out of what would have been a “manufactured” mystical connection. Rick then goes on to describe his introduction to LSD in college, and how he discovered a new way of processing information and consciousness from those experiences; it opened him up to the emotional world. Other topics discussed include: - The emotional stability of our culture -  Using psychedelics for healing and therapy - Using psychedelics to rail against the “us” and “them” rhetoric present between countries, religions, races and creeds. -  Doblin’s discovery of the underground psychedelic community - How LSD opened the “Westerners” up to to a visceral understanding of their time with Neem Karoli Baba (Maharaji) when they traveled to India - How do the subjects of the “Good Friday” experiment look back on their psychedelic experiences today? - How does MDMA work? - What is The Theory of Causal Indifference? - How can psychedelics help with PTSD and other trauma?  
Mar 21, 2016
Ep. 147 - Saraswati Markus and the Yogic Dao
Saraswati Markus finally makes her debut on Mindrolling! Who else could so exquisitely describe all of the incredible facets of the ancient technology of Yoga (she is Raghu's beloved you know!)   At the same time Saraswati shows the synthesis she has created with The Dao, Yoga and Chinese medicine and the potential healing modalities they contain. Not just physical but a true path to untangle the knots that form our habitual patterns. She expands on that idea by showing how we can all access the innate wisdom of our bodies for healing.    Also there is the concept of healing when you change what you like - Not easy and of course Raghu rebels cause he won't give up his toast and Chai with a lot of sugar!   Go to daoflowyoga.com to learn more about her work. 
Mar 13, 2016
Ep. 146 - Getting Real with Jake Sasseville
Mindrolling and Raghu have a new best friend! Jake Sasseville of the Jake Sasseville podcast is a unique human who has been in show biz from a very early age. Jake shares a very traumatic family story which eventually tripped him onto the spiritual path in a very substantial way. Raghu shares Ram Dass' words in respect to Jake's reflections on suffering - "Every moment of your life is your vehicle for awakening". R&J chat about the tension between taking actions in your life and the reality that everything is already written and we just need to relax and let Grace happen. Also on the table is a discussion around the seven ways spiritual people bullshit themselves. #1 being the power of positive thinking - Raghu admits to his disdain for the new age model and his subsequent reaction to his own judgmental mind. We always have to remember though that there is more than one motivation for every action we take - why not focus on the positive?
Mar 05, 2016
Ep. 145 - James Doty: Into the Magic Shop
Raghu hosts Jim Doty, a brain surgeon with a highly unusual story that makes up his page burner of a book, Into the Magic Shop: A Neurosurgeon's Quest to Discover the Mysteries of the Brain and the Secrets of the Heart. Jim takes us back to his impoverished early years and his unplanned meeting with an unlikely teacher who's profound wisdom altered the path of the rest of his life - a true glimpse into the reality of karma and grace turning a life around. When the student is ready the teacher appears!   Jim relates amazing facts about the brain and the heart: "Research shows the heart to be an organ of intelligence, with it's own profound influence not only from our brain but on our brain..."
Feb 23, 2016
Ep. 144 - The Pope Returns
Duncan joins Raghu and introduces the concept of Ecstasy Talk- an MDMA allusion to the experience of the Ram Dass retreats. Raghu introduces new End Of The World news which send Duncan into a right wing deep south spiral! The duo also talks about the statistics that this world is far less violent that at any time in history. Can it be true? Then there is the idea that our current technology is a new organism that is forming a parasitic relationship with the life form called a human being…. Raghu introduces a story of unconditional love through Pete the dog- and how that introduces humans to love without conditions. Duncan scares Raghu with his concept of the Jihad- of course we settle on the meaning as inner sacred battle with ego and how that’s reflected in the Bhagavad Gita. Then there is the concept of gratitude - it can change our world!
Feb 12, 2016
Ep. 143 - Time to Stand Up
Raghu and Thanissara explore her amazing book Time To Stand Up: The Buddha's Life and Message Through Feminine Eyes - it serves as a call to action for the engagement of the feminine Shakti principal to transform our planet in every way. For instance, our current traditional patriarchal zeitgeist is so slow to speak out in defense of our planet. Patriarchal religions that denigrate women, the body and sexuality tend to not challenge the denigration of the earth. The feminine is of great importance for our awakening and Thanisarra eloquently presents the case that we must make the feminine central in all of our lives, not solely as gender but as a living dimension within each one of us. Feminine energy is essential, because of it's natural receptivity, inclusivity and empathy. Fundamental intelligence is the Mother!
Feb 05, 2016
Ep. 142 - Does it Help to Worry?
Raghu and George “Balaram” Pitagorsky discuss his recent blog on Shedding Light to Combat ignorance: confrontation is necessary when hate mongers spread their message and embellish it with misinformation. Confrontation, in this context, means speaking up and inserting facts and alternative views. It means shedding light to expose and combat ignorance. George and Raghu also share the facts about how we worry and when it’s beneficial and when it is certainly not! In a recent NY Times article, worry was reported to be beneficial. Those who worried about an outcome tended to have a less stressful reaction when the worrisome outcome occurred and a greater positive response when things worked out well. Those who did not worry, tended to be devastated when their optimism was proven to be unfounded and just mildly satisfied when things worked out as expected. Raghu disputes both of these premises and confesses to his longstanding ungodly worrywart reality! On the other side of the issue is the attitude expressed by the Rudolf Abel character in "Bridge of Spies" who when asked "Aren't you worried?" in reference to being convicted and sentenced to death for being a Soviet spy, responds coolly "Would it help?"  And there is Meher Baba - “Do your best. Then, don't worry, be happy."
Jan 28, 2016
Ep. 141 - Kiley Jon Clark's Street Dharma
Kiley Jon Clark joins Mindrolling and introduces us to his amazing work with the homeless - not only offering them food and love but also teaching meditation practice on the streets and in the shelters. Kiley tell his transformational story from an addictive cowboy lifestyle to the Buddhist path. He tells the a magical story of meeting his Tibetan teacher Lama Tulku Tsori Dechen Rinpoche who literally went home with him right after they first met and turned his life around.   The conversations turns around the cultivation of fearlessness and relating with the veil of illusion - "There is a  force which is called by many names - the veil tricks us into seeing the world as a multitude of separate individual selves - but in fact we are all One."   Kiley also shares the concept of meditation as "becoming familiar with ourselves" - Kiley is a true original no BS soul walking the path - and his poetry seems like it was written by the ancients!  
Jan 20, 2016
Ep. 140 - Going Deep with Reggie Ray
Raghu has a deep chat with Reggie Ray, one of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s first American students. Reggie shares some very personal moments with Trungpa Rinpoche that illuminate some of the unique qualities of this amazing being: “In the beginning, naive me would go down to the picnic tables and see Rinpoche sitting alone and I’d sit down next to him and it was like I had just sat down next to the noon-day sun, and I was terrified of what he might do because in his space somehow whatever your little trip was it was going to be exposed.” Reggie talks about one of his most basic teachings on Somatic Meditation (interrelatedness of mind, body and spirit) and then leads a meditation.
Jan 12, 2016
Ep. 139 - Skepticism, Love and Courage
Raghu is joined by Pete Holmes, Duncan Trussell and Sharon Salzberg in Maui for a  wonderfully entertaining, humorous and enlightening podcast. Duncan talks about a euphemism for God and how we are constantly barraged by the word “God” - which triggers something negative inside us that’s been cultivated throughout our lives. How do we deal with the skepticism and doubt that accompanies a lot of spiritual subjects? Is a good dose of skepticism healthy? Sharon Salzberg elucidates on some Buddhist teachings around experimenting with skepticism and doubt - in order to truly face the power of the truth that comes from within. In order to find freedom you have to be able to ask questions and explore the world around you for yourself. What should we do when we can’t remember what love feels like? What is real love anyway? And how do we find the courage to cross past our obstacles and suffering?
Jan 01, 2016
Ep. 138 - Animal Wisdom with Dr. Linda Bender
David chats with Dr. Linda Bender, an advocate, author and educator in the sacred connection shared by humans, animals and nature. Dr. Linda talks about the reality of our connection to all animals - the root word of animal is "animus" which means soul. Dr. Linda says, “When we name and have a relationship with that being - be it a dog or a cat - we recognize that being as an individual - we get to know that individual and that individual becomes special. We are all here together as one and we have a sacred connection to all life.” David quotes from her book, Animal Wisdom: ”We get to know who we are as human beings when we see the reflection of ourself in the eyes of a being that is not human." Animals have psychic abilities - things happen that cannot be explained logically.How do fish instantly move and never bump into each other - how does homing in birds work? Gandhi said, "The greatness of a nation can be judged by the way it's animals are treated." How are we doing in that department?
Dec 25, 2015
Ep. 137 - Roadside Assistance with Rabbi Rami
Rabbi Rami Shapiro joins Raghu and David and gives us a little roadside assistance for our spiritual journey. Rabbi Rami certainly reflects the Mindroller’s central theme which is Neem Karoli Baba’s edict of “All One” - there is only One emanation of the Divine. Rabbi Rami says, “To me, religions are like languages - no language is true or false: all languages are of human origin - each language reflects and shapes the civilization that speaks it. Judaism is my mother tongue, yet in matters of the spirit I strive to be multilingual.” He talks about his realizations sitting Zazen and awakening to grace. The Mindrollers have a lively back-and-forth with the Rabbi around the idea of the Jewish uniqueness of being at home with paradox. Argument and doubt are central themes of the Jewish mystical tradition.  
Dec 18, 2015
Ep. 136 - The Cool Breeze of Compassion
Lama Tsultrim Allione joins the Mindrollers for a deep chat about our current disturbing world events - how do we as world citizens see how we can help to heal, and how do we get right perspective within ourselves? Part of the path of a Bodhisattva (Sanskrit term for anyone who, motivated by great compassion, has a spontaneous wish to attain Buddhahood for the benefit of all sentient beings) is not to turn away - to stay present even if it’s painful - to bear witness. Lama teaches a breath meditation to offer the cool breeze of compassion. Compassion and Bodhicitta (Awakened Heart) rise easily in extreme situations as in some of the heroic moments in Paris - and we can train to develop that part of ourselves. Lama also explains the value and concept of Emptiness - It is freeing when we let go of the solidity of ourselves and the world - it can be magical. And in the Holiday season do we have more pleasure giving or receiving?
Dec 12, 2015
Ep. 135 - Roshi Joan Halifax & “Negative Capability”
Roshi expounds on the transformation of doubt, rootlessness, suffering and meaninglessness into a true “refuge of truth.” At this time of the horrific terror events in Paris, Beirut and Mali, how do we come to terms with severe crisis, either individual or societal? How does the Romantic poet John Keats’s “negative capability” fit into this unavoidable, desperately difficult dynamic of living? Roshi explores the moment of the shock of recognition and how it can change us from the depths. Even the Dalai Lama spoke of those moments of extreme doubt and pain, or as Mr. Dylan sang “Even the President of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked…” Roshi’s upcoming book “Standing At the Edge” is about just this – it’s not all light and love, and yet somehow things can open up after adversity, “the lucky dark” as Roshi wrote.
Nov 28, 2015
Ep. 134 - Seekers and Smugglers
Early 70’s adventures in the East, leading Michael Daner overland through Europe to Afghanistan and eventually India. What was going on here? This mindboggling journey could never happen now, given the state of the world, but back then, it was a scenario starring many so-called hippies and genuine smugglers, some yearning for the exotic, some desiring money, money, money, and some - Michael, in particular - who eventually graduated from smuggling to seeking…and finding. Included in this tale is an example of Neem Karoli Baba’s wondrous bi-locational capability…plus, as an added extra, a 1980 conversation between David and Bruce Springsteen about his CD “The River”…so please enjoy this picaresque podcast…
Nov 17, 2015
Ep. 133 - St. Issa in Tibet and India
Mindrollers and friends in Manhattan, with a far-ranging conversation about the incredible scrolls of St. Issa in Tibet and India; Maharaji telling the Westerners to meditate like Christ; the dismissal of mysticism by modern organized religion; David being accused of black magic by Evangelicals, Raghu being dragged into a “men’s group”; tales of sixties Rajneesh followers copulating in the kitchen…and finally, a Shambala Sun inspired rap on the task of making friends with yourself.  Somehow, we end with an anecdote around the amazing Kalu Rinpoche.  It’s all in there and quite a bit more…
Nov 10, 2015
Ep. 132 - From Real Love & Rilke to Real Life Envy & Jealousy
What is real love?  What isn’t?  The Mindrollers turn for inspiration to HH The Dalai Lama and the super intense poet, Rainer Maria Rilke, who said “For one human being to love another, that is perhaps the most difficult of all our tasks”…talk of cultivating inner spaciousness as the ultimate antidote. Jumping off from a Tricycle article, David confesses Johnny Depp envy while Raghu remembers the perverse joy in jealousy…the answer to these neurotic pulls seems always around finding the freeing route to the heart, your own heart.  Sometimes, instead of fervently reaching for another soul, a spell of serious solitude might help that journey.  Speaking to youth, Rilke says: “They have to learn it.  With their whole being, with all their forces, gathered close about their lonely, timid, upward-beating heart, they must learn to love.”
Oct 30, 2015
Ep. 131 - Meeting One Self
The Mindrollers challenge a Zen sentiment that teachers are expendable, passionately citing life-transforming personal teaching guidance encountered by both of them. They move on like madmen to the bizarre concept of stool replacement banks for micro biome worries – will Amazon ever offer “good” stool on sale? Once again, we analyze the entropic dangers of too much social media creeping into everything. Do we only know “bits and pieces” of people now? David quotes the the prescient words of Seneca (the Roman humanist saint in Christ’s time) about fecklessly squandering your life away on nonsense, thereby ending life shocked and downed by suffering and mortality. From the horrors of the Coliseum to YouTube addiction, R & D investigate Western civilization’s entertainment obsession. There’s actually even more…check it out for yourself, your Self…
Oct 23, 2015
Ep. 130 - Jungle Safari
Raghu The Intrepid takes a trip to the jungles of India and to an extraordinary Baba - Dave quickly calms him down about his hesitation to share the adventure, the yatra, with all comers, fearing self-indulgence – although the Brit pedant in Mr. Silver recoils at the “cuddle puddle ” metaphor.  Dave introduces the essential reality of the trust everyone has to have to be able to take the inner pathway and hear the true experience. The journey is taken with two millenials - Jyoti and Gagan. They encounter up close the austerities the Baba practices that are seemingly from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.  Raghu & Co. on location get heavily into the reality of transformational moments, emphasizing that it’s not a matter of collecting them, but rather how they can contribute to our being, simply put, better humans. And Gagan so aptly recalls a line from the cowboy in the Big Lebowski that rings true about the Baba- “I don't know about you, but I take comfort in knowin' he's out there. The Dude. Takin' 'er easy for all us sinners.” Enjoy this rare insight into life far from the grid and further into the soul realm.
Oct 15, 2015
Ep. 129 - Chris Grosso's Everything Mind
Embrace everything - bad and good, pleasurable and horrible. Chris’s new book, Everything Mind, comes out today. R & D talk with him about its prescient premise that everything – the whole kit and caboodle – from Trump to Ramana Maharshi to the suffering migrant millions to the iPhone 6S Plus - is a legitimate part of the spiritual reality: G-d, The One, whatever, and that this is a necessary and healing component of the spiritual/philosophical inclusion clause – everything is grist to the mill. Even a harsh and hurtful text insult message, even true pain and adversity, even hideous stuff - within you and without you - even Kimye! Chris’s own words on his book: “What I've Learned About Hard Knocks, Spiritual Awakening, and the Mind-Blowing Truth of It All.” Plus David recalls his amazingly counter-intuitive 9/11 kindness experience.
Oct 01, 2015
Ep. 128 - Jahnavi Harrison, “Like A River To the Sea"
Ecstatic kirtan singer/violinist Jahnavi Harrison is with us on the podcast. She tells her unique life story - as a child raised at the 700 year old Bhaktivedanta Manor home in the Hertfordshire countryside. Beatle George Harrison (no relation) had donated the estate to ISKCON, the Krishna movement, in 1973.  Jahnavi talks of her devotional trajectory from being a child brought up in idyllic rural England to singing to Krishna all over the world.  We talk about the cleansing power of the Maha Mantra, her whole life singing kirtan, and finding that back-and-forth love therein and the universal magnetism of Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Hare Rama Hare Rama.  You will hear her sing live and from her new CD, “Like A River To the Sea."
Sep 24, 2015
Ep. 127 - Ram Dev Explores Deathlessness: From Fear To Being Right Here
Ram Dev (Dale Borglum) of the Living Dying Project explores surfing the edge of the heart approaching consciousness transformation, in life…and death. Who dies anyway? How do we change annihilation fear to being right here, still confidently in the heart chakra? “All fear is fear of death” he maintains, “being trapped in separateness” and how the deeper fright is resistance to death rather than death itself. We talk through wholeness and healing for the living as well as those passing and those immediately affected. This seems like heavy stuff, but the end product in this hour is light and insight…into living.
Sep 17, 2015
Ep. 126 - John Lockley The Shaman
Experience John Lockley’s journey into authentic shamanism after intense and intensive training and initiation.  How did a South African Irishman become a real  Xhosa sangoma - “dreamer”?  What is a shaman anyway?  John talks with R & D about using your dreams to heal your deepest psyche’s wounds and traces his path from soldier/medic to Zen to yoga to Nature-master medicine man.  He tells us in depth about his healing via dreaming, dancing, chanting and plant-ing…
Sep 10, 2015
Ep. 125 - Anger in the Gap
“My yellow in this case is not so mellow” Jimi Hendrix sang. Is it ever cool to be angry? R & D’s wary warnings about the seductively enjoyable taste of anger. Maharaji’s words about anger’s reality, with the crucial caveat to never throw anyone out of your heart. Raghu’s anger is analyzed by… Raghu. David recalls learning to love right wing friends, especially conservative William F. Buckley Jr. Then we talk about Mark Epstein’s take on anger and his very do-able way of dealing with it. David reads a Tom Waits poem about Keith Richards. Finally we dive deep into Trungpa’s Gap - "the space between out breaths” (Pema Chodron) the spaciousness between internal chatter and the sudden glimpse of awareness, openness and absence of self - which scares the shit out of us.
Sep 03, 2015
Ep. 124 - Making Friends with The Present w/Sylvia Boorstein
Uber useful conversation with wisdom writer Sylvia Boorstein: her clear and helpful grasp of present-ness… her words on true mindfulness cut with goodwill…her thoughts on thoughts, seeing them as always potentially co-operative and not so bad after all.  Making friends with the present is just that, even if it startles you, “relax, take a rest, calm down” – R & D listen, interrupt, and have a fine time with Sylvia…
Aug 27, 2015
Ep. 123 - Gelek Rimpoche
Gelek Rimpoche is our honored guest.  A reincarnated tulku, a lucid and unpretentious disperser of essential knowledge, Gelek is a treasured being we are so lucky to have in the U.S.  Because of the ruthless Chinese invasion, Gelek was forced to leave his beloved homeland in 1959.  Tibet’s tragedy became our great fortune.  Hear what he has to say about wiping out negative emotions and achieving equanimity.  His honest-to-the-bone words about his own basic humanity is a balm for all of us.  Rimpoche shares his own Allen Ginsberg stories with David, who was also a friend of the legendary poet/kind soul.  The Mindrollers are so pleased to present this famed and revered Rimpoche, a sacred yet approachable transformative being, there for all of us.  
Aug 20, 2015
Ep. 122 - Gogo Gathering
The Mindrollers with Duncan Trussell and Noah Lampert host our panel guests from our Indiegogo event. Brian, Brian and George. We get an idea of their awakening triggers, pretty heavy ones at that- and they shine a light on the importance of intention. We all talk about practice and how difficult it is to motivate daily unless you are really up against the wall! Duncan admits to his fall down on learning the Hanuman Chaleesa when he can’t even remember his phone number. David regales us with sacred chants - Raghu relates his story of doubt - And finally Duncan pulls out his trusty Bible and leads us in a Bible study group.
Aug 13, 2015
Ep. 121 - Forgiveness Power
Forgiveness wisdom from George Pitagorsky (Balaram) who demonstrates the huge upside of being able to authentically forgive, and how forgiving often benefits the forgiver maybe even more than the forgiven. Is it weakness for a Holocaust victim to embrace one of her tormentors? Wasn’t it incredible for the afflicted Charleston families to espouse forgiveness immediately? George, via both Dzogchen (Great Perfection) and common sense, helps to heal the hating …David apologizes for getting ridiculously irate about a lost bottle top, along with Raghu lamenting his legendary impatience…
Aug 06, 2015
R&D travel down diverse roads to happiness, encountering on the way 50 years since Dylan’s Newport electric war cries; Aristotle’s eudaimonia; Jefferson’s iconic requisite declaration; the crazy off-ramp into consumerism and “the cycle of escalating desire”; Andy Puddicombe’s mega mindfulness app; Google’s Chade-Meng Tan…and the rewards of real seva. Check this out, Pharrell…
Jul 31, 2015
Ep. 119 - The Inside Circle
Raghu and David bring up a very timely topic - prison reform. BJ Wasserman and Jared “Gagan” Levy discuss Inside Circle, a nonprofit organization that helps prisoners and parolees heal from the inside. We talk about “operational transformation” of men in Folsom prison as a model for the entire prison system. Robert Allbee, founder of Inside Circle, created a concept for the word “spirit” or “God” which the Dagara tribe in Africa call “Yielbongura” - “The thing that Knowledge can’t eat.” This phrase sums up the spiritual core from which Inside Circle operates. Where are you imprisoned in your life? The process that the prisoners go through in revealing their deep authentic truths create an atmosphere of trust that is dramatically changing the static model of prison reform.
Jul 23, 2015
Ep. 118 - Bodhisattva in Training
Can we learn to become a Bodhisattava, and what is a Bodhisattva, for G-d’s sake? Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche’s simple yet brilliant instructions on this path of treating everyone as your “guest”…plus chat about meditating away the neurotic “escape routes” polluting our inner calm, and reactions from both Raghu M. and Ramana M. about being attacked by angry hornets. Finally, David’s thoughts on an irate Facebook comment putting down the ancient sentiment “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle”…
Jul 16, 2015
Ep. 117 - From Wandering to Wondering
Mindrolling through the toll of role playing; the dark art of Trumpism; the Rolling Stones revisited; the Karmapa chanting; spiritual practice as heart/mind rehearsal; the dis-ease of the wandering mind; the magic of Biocentrism & intelligence preceding matter; the amazing Swiffer...plus thoughts on suicide’s sides, Jimmy Carter’s lust in the heart, and the generosity of our listeners…listen…
Jul 10, 2015
Ep. 116 - Geshe Thupten Jinpa Langri
Thupten Jinpa, HH The Dalai Lama’s English translator, is our truly honored guest. Anyone who has been present at any one of His Holiness’s live events knows how vibrant and deep Jinpa’s translations always are. Jinpa’s new book, “A Fearless Heart: How The Courage To Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives” totally knocked out the Mindrollers, and we are so very pleased to visit with him on the podcast. Just check out Jinpa’s markedly unpretentious yet potent teachings on the real nature of compassion.
Jul 02, 2015
Ep. 115 - The Canadian, the Comedian and the Abbot
Raghu and Duncan Trussell have a relaxed hang out with Roshi Joan Halifax, Abbot of Upaya Zen Center. They discuss Roshi’s involvement and history with Nepal, and the recent work she’s done there related to the earthquake. Then they have a lively back and forth around the dualistic Bhakti tradition vs. the sublime Zen tradition. Roshi gives credit to what she calls “the juicy love”…
Jun 25, 2015
Ep. 114 - Slogans for I and I
Mindrollers’ Miscellany: 5 sagacious slogans to straighten you out at work and play …fetishization of mindfulness…Evan Thompson’s rap about “the mind is not the brain”…”making up people” (ergo reducing people)…”are we kinder, better, more compassionate after decades of teachings?”…walking in the woods along with the witness…and Pico Iyer’s “The Art of Stillness" – right, a jam-packed podcast!
Jun 18, 2015
Ep. 113 - Teal Swan's Vision
Teal Swan – young psychic intuitive and spiritual mentor - graces us with her vibrant awareness and startling insights. Teal is the real deal, an authentic wisdom channel, motivated by altruism, sharing her preternatural yet totally penetrating - and ultimately useful - knowledge. Coming out of youthful severe suffering, her ways of looking at the world truly move the Mindrollers and explicate what she calls the current global “emotional epidemic” – don’t miss Teal’s world view and her thoughts on neglect, marijuana, love – she is as clear as a bell…
Jun 11, 2015
Ep. 112 - Pete Holmes: Conscious Comedy, Witty Wisdom
Mindful comedian Pete Holmes is our effervescent guest and he talks about...everything, including diametrically opposing views on G-d from two of his podcast guests, Deepak Chopra and Oasis’s Noel Gallagher. His rap about the dangers of Google is funny and profound, his love for Ram Dass and Joseph Campbell tells us where his head is at, and his statement “Leave the transcendent where it belongs – the transcendent” left us laughing and thoughtful…
Jun 04, 2015
Ep. 111 - Cultivating the Awesome
The Mindrollers examine the Upper East Side Rich Wives Tribe and its rituals…banishing boredom via the cultivation of the awesome…puzzlement at the rise of the selfish…David Brooks's words on spiritual capital…and swooning over the 16th and 17th Karmapas.
May 29, 2015
Ep. 110 - Imagination
Raghu misses Dave - Raghu and Duncan discuss the reality of the physical Guru vs the non - Duncan tells his sighting of Maharaji down by the river- Jared talks Gyan (intellect) yoga and Saraswati counters with Bhakti (heart) yoga- and can we measure the inner world through imagination? Duncan has the last word on the energy behind the thing we call Maharaji.
May 22, 2015
Ep. 109 - Shock Treatment
The shock of recognition is a phenomenon that can manifest in a teacher’s spoken wise words or a written mindblower or a magical musical moment. We talk through a great Anais Nin paragraph and a Krishna Das sound bite that illuminate this. Plus, what is the difference between reality and pretense in a vision, an icon, or the apparent sudden 3D appearance of a deity? Does so-called objective, provable truth matter if you are inarguably elevated or awakened?
May 12, 2015
Ep. 108 - Memory of the Present
May 06, 2015
Ep. 107 - Duncan Trussell's Brain Eviction
Duncan & The Mindrollers evict pollution-people from the brain, searching for authentic cadences and benign radiations. Plus Duncan rants rationally about self-reliance and the illusions of governance. David recalls almost becoming a right-wing speechwriter and Raghu delights in meeting not one, but two Karmapas, #’s 16 & 17, who seemed to be the same soul. The intense reality of intimate connections, within the oneness of being, begin and end the podcast.
Apr 29, 2015
Ep. 106 - Ryan LeCompte: Transforming PTSD
David and Raghu introduce a third generation military man- a marine who had a major transformation from PTSD - and re-integrated his trauma through the psychedelic experience. What followed was overwhelming compassion and a direct line to Eastern Mysticism, Ram Dass and the great Buddhist masters. As Ryan says about his healing- “ It sure feels good, on this journey, to stop on the road, drop our packs and break bread with our brothers and sisters”.
Apr 24, 2015
Ep. 105 - Poetry in Motion
R&D introduce Bernadine - the newest member of the Mindrolling team… new End of the World situation with Indiana and the Chem trails conspiracy… Karmapa the 17th - at 29 years old yet 1800 years old really - talks to Harvard about LGBT rights, race relations and the environment. And is meditation an obsession of the middle class? As a special treat, Raghu and David read from the sublime poetry of Steven Levine.
Apr 16, 2015
Ep. 104 - Journey OM with John Bush
Raghu and David hang with longtime friend John Bush as he discusses the making of his upcoming documentary, Journey Om - a pilgrimage to the spiritual heart of India. John tells the tale of getting his Hindu name Krishna from Maharaji and his curious case of mistaken identity.
Apr 09, 2015
Ep. 103 - Kittisaro and Thanissara
From Chatanooga and London to the forest monasteries of Thailand, this couple articulates their clear-as-a-bell vision of credible liberation. Can the grit of suffering become a pearl of consciousness? K & T delight R & D with some R & R from ordinary mind and light up the podcast. They also display pragmatic activist consciousness in their wise words about nurturing Mother Earth.
Apr 02, 2015
Ep. 102 - From Anger to Altruism with Noah Levine
Alchemizing rebel anger into Buddhist altruism with Noah Levine, writer of Dharma Punx, plus R & D’s personal experiences with Van Morrison and Joey Ramone… Newfoundland somehow is in there too as a Canadian Pure Land on a very auspicious day.
Mar 23, 2015
Ep. 101 - The Lost and Found Department
David loses a Tibetan precious jewel. Suddenly, miraculously, it re-appears a year later and sparks a rare blog spoken out loud. And Raghu drills deep into the epidemic of facelessness, with social media as the head of the dragon. Plus news about a very false guru and great riffing from Stevie Ray Vaughan…
Mar 13, 2015
Ep. 100 - Dispel the Spells
Mary O’Malley takes us through her concept of the spells that we had imposed on us as we grew into our “ego” bodies- R&D discuss with Mary the anti-dote to the spells and the self talking storytelling that crowds our minds all the day long! Real practical how to info for the stretched and compressed lives we live. And Mindrolling celebrates our 100th Podcast!
Mar 05, 2015
Ep. 99 - From Brad Willis to Bhava Ram
Massive transformation, noetic feeling, absolute healing – Bhava Ram (aka Brad Willis) tells his life story from his harrowing NBC war correspondent days through huge suffering and addiction finally to emergence as a full blown yogi and exemplar of optimism, grit and perennial practice. Podcast 99 tells a miraculous tale.
Feb 25, 2015
Ep. 98 - Deeper Default Mode
Psychedelic therapy and its mystical grasp in the 21st Century – R & D explore the newer, fresher science of psilocybin and LSD studies along with David’s fish eyes acid empathy and Raghu’s not quite mindful crashing his car into a ditch. Plus Maharaji memories of pure wisdom trumping the deepest trip imaginable…
Feb 18, 2015
Ep. 97 - Walking Home
• Exploring Death (It’s all the rage) - The truth is that we have no idea what happens when we drop our body, so it’s hard to say whether any particular reaction is appropriate or not. The sooner we face the reality of our mortality, the more time we have to approach it • Heart to Heart - Buddha was one heart, and turned on many. As we go deeper into ourselves we radiate that frequency to the world around us. We find balance and share what we learn. • Finding Balance (Change your conscious) - Even systems like capitalism can function, but only if there is balance. All we can bring to the present situation is greater consciousness • Sharon Salzberg (Official Badass) - Sharon did the work, and it shows. We all have different approaches to experiment with, but they all involve doing what is necessary to get free. Where we are is just an accumulation of our innate experiential wisdom • Protective Fashion - Styles of dress can be an attempt to associate oneself with a certain mode of thinking, but can also serve as a simple reminder to stay true to what you value • Modern Kindness -¬ Raghu and Dave remark on the encouraging level of consideration among the current youth. The greater exposure to the true connectedness of our lives seems to be generating a greater concern for and appreciation of our collective future • Family Ties (The ties that bind) - Michael points to the influence of tradition and spoon-fed comfort that can perpetuate nefarious actions within powerful families or corporations. What to do? Angry protests, or perhaps more mindfulness oriented actions? • The Reality of Love (The only reality) - Kindness, compassion - these are the only religions. It doesn’t eliminate suffering, but it allows us to se through it, and to move toward relieving it • Ganesh (The gateway drug) - We often need to use something to focus our attention on. The deeper we move into the practice, the more we understand that it’s what these objects represent that we are seeking. The best methods seem to self destruct
Feb 10, 2015
Ep. 96 - Dharma Bums
• Bums United - Ian explains how he was introduced to the mindrollers, and discusses some of his early transformers, including the discovery of transcendental meditation, and subsequently Buddhism • Don’t be a Buddhist (Be a Buddha) - There are no rules in Buddhism, just suggestions, which point in the direction of awakening. We can all have unique methods that move us closer to that state of awareness. Ian makes it a point to include Metta as part of his practice, citing it as a major shift on his path. Raghu highlights the synergistic effects of Vipassana in combination with the practice of Metta - Quiet the mind, invoke the heart • The Last Irish Monk - Ian talks about his initial discovery of U Dhammaloka, and the subsequent inspiration that led to his current film project, through which he hopes to rescue the great sage from obscurity • ‘Warning to Buddhists’ (Choice words from U Dhammaloka) Ian reads from some of the more controversial work of the late Irish monk, and expresses his deep admiration for the courage displayed throughout his mysterious existence - Engaged Buddhism is underated • Down with Dogma - U Dhammaloka was well known for his proactive and outspoken nature. His disappearance from history is not so surprising, given his proclivity for exposing untruths that undermine the established order • Cultural Considerations - Dave inquires about potential parallels between the struggles of Theos Bernard and those of U Dhammaloka in being accepted into these cultures. Raghu explains the greater acceptance in places like Burma, as opposed to the stricter standards of Tibet • Bum Support - Help Ian share this lost wisdom by donating to his current crowd funding campaign • Timeless Message - The actions taken by this little known Irish monk are as applicable today as they were in his time - Make your life your message
Jan 30, 2015
Ep. 95 - McMindfulness
• Phobias Formed (Blame our ancestors) - Science points to direct experiences in forming phobias that can be found further down the genetic line. Raghu rattles off some of the more interesting fears in the modern age - does ignorance play a role in many of these irrational fears? • Mindfulness vs. Therapy (Head to Head) - Spiritual circles sometimes frown upon psychoanalysis, citing its potential to perpetuate thought patterns. We have to keep in mind that meditation alone can’t always provide the healing one might need. Some of the deeper wounds and unconscious fears can linger beyond meditations reach. Raghu agrees, and offers some of his own personal experience with therapy, advising to find someone who isn’t attached to any one school of thought. Dave highlights the unique brand of modern neuroses, which may require a multifaceted approach • Wounds (Deep Cuts) - Dave highlights the unique brand of modern neuroses, which may require a multifaceted approach. Can meditation and therapy adapt to the ever-evolving market of suffering? • Embrace, Explore and Understand - Working with your shadow is a difficult task, regardless of how you approach it. It requires a deep commitment to be honest and loving with yourself • Prolonging Mourning Meditation - At times, your practice may be preventing you from fully addressing your suffering. Try to avoid the spiritual bypass of pushing these issues away • Emancipatory Meditation (Choiceless Awareness?) - “Involves intimacy with oneself as an extraordinary and vital activity in which one attends to whatever one is experiencing without any preconceived conclusions, and without trying to get rid if it” - Don’t encourage, but be aware, without judgment • Ogre as Guru - Dave comments on one of the ‘Eight Verses of Thought Transformation’ by Kadampa Geshe Langri Tangpa. Through practice we learn to transform what we detest - The teachings are everywhere and everyone. But, how do we actually apply this to real life horror, and when is it appropriate to act? Dave points to the current terror of ISIS, and draws on the teachings of the Dalai Lama in sorting this mess out • Taking Up Arms (With Brothers in Arms) - How can we remain mindful when using force, and play out our roles without attachment.
Jan 22, 2015
Ep. 94 - Open Your Heart in Paradise with Duncan Trussell
Recorded live at the 2014 ‘Open Your Heart in Paradise’ retreat in Maui, Raghu is joined by fellow Mindpod patron, Jack Kornfield, as well as the podcast guru himself, Duncan Trussell. The power trio chats about Duncan’s initiation into the Satsang, the sustainability of Dharma power, and the technology-fueled future of spirituality.
Jan 15, 2015
Ep. 93 - Buddhism, Inc.
Can even Buddhist teachings become commercialized, homogenized and…lost? Or is it a quasi-tantric situation where desire is the fuel? A look at the delightful idea of “If you can’t eat it or fuck it, piss on it.” David & Raghu circle around concepts and contradictions within modern absorption of ancient teachings. And it always seems to end in the simplicity and depth of “kindness.”
Jan 08, 2015
Ep. 92 - Hanging with Jack Carroll
Sam Harris (In the self-help section) - The gang weighs in on Mr. Harris, and his attempt to make an ‘intellectual case for those skeptical of the whole enterprise’. How should we approach his demand for validation regarding spiritual experiences The Media’s Role - Dave comments on the media’s false claim that the current youth is rejecting all religion, despite all the evidence that points to an increased interest in yoga, meditation, mysticism and psychedelics. Religion can’t be limited to specific guidelines Jack discusses his fluctuating stance regarding religion and it’s practices. In the end, a direct personal experience is difficult to disqualify. Can we definitively answer these questions? The Debate Rolls On - There appears to be an endless, ‘Us versus them’, quality to these discussions. The heated debates aren’t even limited to those in opposing fields of study. The good news is that more and more individuals seem to be open to all sides of the argument ‘Self’-Help - Who is really benefiting, and how? These books can sometimes be a distraction from dealing with our true sources of distress Adaptive Spirituality – Previous civilizations, with far less knowledge of the working universe, espoused certain religious views in an attempt to understand their role. Many of these belief systems are still at work, though clearly limited in scope. An open and contemplative approach toward the truth is crucial in avoiding dogmatic doctrine. If certain facets are proven to be flawed or unsound then we have to accept, and even embrace, the need for change The Real Initiation (Break your head) – Raghu recounts the story of a Maharaji devotee, and his personal encounter with the profound presence of direct experience. It’s a change in vantage point, not a lobotomy Judging Faith (Spiritual discrimination) – What about the folks who haven’t experienced the mind melting effects of these mystical encounters? Are they to simply trust those that make these claims? When we calm our mind, through meditation or other practices, our awareness deepens and we are better able to identify with the true Self. From this place, we seem less likely to be fooled or manipulated, in forming beliefs. Where Are You Coming From? – Rachael describes her recent experience in India, pointing to the heart-centered nature of the culture, as a whole. To them, family is everything, and this shows in their attitudes and traditions. Unfortunately, this sentiment has somewhat dissipated in the cities, and is beginning to resemble the more fractured relationships that are so predominant in the West People Are the Problem – These age-old arguments have been commonplace for as long as civilization has existed. How can we bridge the seemingly endless gap? Practice, practice, practice!
Jan 02, 2015
Ep. 91 - Skeptiko
Mr. Skeptiko (Skeptical, even of skeptics) - Alex encourages an assiduous examination of consciousness and those who deny it's all-pervasive nature Debunking the Debunker - How do we know when we are dealing with the Truth? Bias seems to be more common than not in many forms of journalism. When 'the facts' are actually put to light, they don't often shine so bright NDE (Not limited to the hospital) - Alex explains his takeaway from Eden Alexander's book, 'Proof of Heaven'. These experiences are ubiquitous, across many cultures, through many lifetimes. To truly study them requires a broad examination of the many ways in which they manifest Imprinting - Many faces, many forms - All of which are manifestations of the One. Maharaji, a Hindu Guru, said to 'meditate like Christ' Science vs. Consciousness (Epiphenomenon of the Brain?) Science treats consciousness as a byproduct of the brain, in the same way that insulin is a byproduct of the pancreas. But when asked about the necessary precursors to consciousness, they aren't able to pin it down. Science tends to resist the expansion of its current paradigm to encompass the mystery that is human consciousness Psychedelics (Where do they fit in?) - Alex discusses some of the research being regarding the role of psychedelics in understanding consciousness. These compounds seem to be revealing more of what is already there, rather than simply skewing 'normal' reality High-Minded Mysticism - Dave points out the prevalence of decidedly intelligent individuals among the outspoken proponents of many mystical and spiritual traditions. Unfortunately, much of Western culture is reluctant to let go of the 'out of sight, out of mind' mantra Wrong Narrative (Have we all been duped?) - Who do we trust, and how do we trust them? Science (Weak Samadhi) - The candle held by science seems to only reveal more darkness Trust - (Being home, and knowing it) - The felt presence of direct experience is crucial, but science is unable to dissect it, and therefore diminishes its relevance The Maharaji Connection - People, of all ages, all over the world, have been affected by Maharaji and his devotees. How could all of these individual experiences be mere coincidence? Skeptical Mindrolling - There is a wonderful community unfolding online, with forward-thinking at its foundation. The access is unprecedented and will only continue to expand Consumerism (A 'natural' byproduct of materialism) - Control seems to be at the center of this issue. "What better way to control your consciousness than to say it doesn't exist?' Much of what we take for granted in our culture is dependent upon this operating system The Mindrolling Mission - Try not to espouse opinions or beliefs about occurrences you haven't directly experienced
Dec 24, 2014
Ep. 90 - Abundance
• Frozen Baba - Ashutosh Maharaj and his sub-zero Samadhi. Does the quality of one’s practice reveal itself in the often-remarkable deaths of great beings? • Genuine Insights (From a questionable politician) - Do seemingly nefarious actions preclude individuals from benevolent intuitions? Highlights the ongoing, ‘Us vs. Them’, conundrum. We are all complex beings, and we have to remain open to allow space for acceptance • Dave Finds Love (For an unlikely candidate) • Abundance Without Attachment (The holiday hustle) Prosperity and materialism are a common theme during the often-excessive holiday season. It’s attachment to money, not money itself that is the problem. How to get free? 1. Collect experience, not things. 2. Steer clear of excessive ‘usefulness’. 3. Get to the center of the wheel - What is the transcendental truth at the center of your wheel? Find it and focus. For Raghu and David this comes through the understanding and experience of God, Guru, and Self as One. Their material world revolves around this fundamental truth • Just Do It (For the sake of doing) - Mindfulness and joy result when our actions are motivated by the process rather than the result • ‘Sticky Desire’ - Our ‘desperate grasping’ fueled by fear of separation from our objects of desire (relationships, social status etc.) • Welfare (Farewell?) - The distribution of wealth in modern times is staggering and unprecedented. How do we approach this issue without bias? • The Mindrolling Mission - All these issues come back to the central question of finding balance, and cultivating an all-inclusive attitude toward our lives
Dec 17, 2014
Ep. 89 - A Hangout with Duncan Trussell
The gang hangs with Duncan Trussell for the first of many live podcast taking place on Mindpodnetwork.com. 
Dec 12, 2014
Ep. 88 - Quantum, Siddhas, Selflessness
Quantum entanglement leads us to parallel mysticism, synchronicity and selflessness. A strange brew, yes, but interconnectedness is happening whether we know it or not, and seems ultimately is a conscious doorway to freedom. Raghu praises David for not getting enraged at noisy drunkards in a restaurant. We toss around the business of not killing bugs, and Dave’s pet, Boris the Spider. And what it is to see yourself as the lowest person as opposed to pride of selfhood. Tons of chewable subject matter here, no kidding…
Nov 26, 2014
Ep. 87 - Ram Dass On The Near Death Experience
Ram Dass talks with the Mindrollers about NDE, the safety of death, light beings, the Soul Pod, the Tibetan Book of the Dead…and G-d’s extensive wardrobe. He ends with describing his joy at witnessing the awakenings of so many people he has influenced. Episode Outline: • Ram Dass’ Impression of the NDE - We are ushered into the perspective of the Soul, and encounter other ‘light beings’ that seek to understand our connection to our previous incarnation. These beings are our ‘Soul Land Companions’ • From Ego to Soul - When we operate at the Soul level, our perception shifts into a heightened state of compassionate awareness • The Soul comes directly from God - The Atman (the One) is in everything. We move from Ego, to Soul, to the One - from that place of awareness, we are all indistinguishable • The Soulpod Satsang • The Unifying Bond of the ‘Soul Complex’ (The Undying Soul) • Drop, Become, Merge - Moving out of the perceptual mind and into the ocean of Love • ‘Death is Safe’ - Approaching death, without being overcome by fear • Parallels Between Psychedelics, NDE, and The Tibetan Book of the Dead • Cultural/Religious Imprinting (God’s Extensive Wardrobe) - There are many forms, but the message is consistent • Approaching the Transition - Ram Dass describes his experience and preparation in moving closer to death. Everything he can say and do is under the control of Maharaji. He witnesses all that comes to him with joy, rather than attachment • Unending Awakening - Ram Dass continues to awaken through everything and everyone that he encounters. We can always trust in the eternal presence of Love, in whatever form it comes • Dropping the Body - In death, the Soul drops the body, and moves on, in an intimate relationship with God, with the One
Nov 19, 2014
Ep. 86 - Cultivating Versatile Wisdom with David Wagner
Our guest is teacher David Wagner, and we talk with him about cultivating versatile wisdom, the role of psychedelics in finding a path, trauma as gateway, and, once again, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. This podcast fuses practical living and spiritual aspiration, with an unpretentious dude, always looking for ways to help, leaving his pride at the door, traveling on the inner plane both on and off his Harley...
Nov 12, 2014
Ep. 85 - Mental Manipulation
Is positive thinking always positive? Conversely, do we repeatedly talk ourselves into a nasty, negative self-image? R & D drill deep into some new - and scientific - views on all this mental manipulation. And how does mindfulness affect our ability to ameliorate how we think and behave? Along with this, Raghu waxes all medical and recommends a book to improve our gut feeling about…our gut.
Oct 31, 2014
Ep. 84 - Jack Carroll’s Consciousness
Jack Carroll is a 16 year old comedian/seeker who has had outstanding media success in Britain. He happens to have cerebral palsy, but you would be hard put to find a young dude who is more cerebrally on top of things than Jack. We talk about comedy, Hare Krishna, Russell Brand, Bob Marley, kindness and madness - and personal inner peace.
Oct 24, 2014
Ep. 83 - Le Tour de Trance...
Imbibe seven intoxicating tracks from the Triloka Trance Planet series. This should result in a rapid rebooting of your consciousness, where the magic music takes over and the blues fade away. With commentary by R & D, this episode should take you to the heights of your head and the depths of your heart. These potent sounds go from pure folkloric to totally out there fusion…travel with the trancers and enjoy!
Oct 17, 2014
Ep. 82 - Precious Presence
It’s all about the present of the present. Alan Watts on the “constantly retreating phantom” of the future... Ram Dass banishing methods/techniques if they are a trap to “end up free” - loving and living our exact present - one of the big big clues to happiness. Oh, and Raghu introduces the medical miracle of poop transplants.
Oct 10, 2014
Ep. 81 - G-d, Darwin, Raghu and Dave
Do G-d and science have a problem with each other, seriously? What are “non overlapping magisteria”? What is the true power of friendship? R & D ramble through very different realms of reality, ending in the great vibe of merely mentioning Nirvikalpa Samadhi…
Oct 02, 2014
Ep. 80 - Be A Vigilante
Mining the inner vigilance to stop your world and reset…meditation on ugliness…harming the self-cherishing mind…the transparent karma, the mysterious karma…all this as the second part of our take on the Dalai’s Lama’s thought transformation commentary plus a little Leonard Cohen music.
Sep 24, 2014
Ep. 79 - Thought Transformation
His Holiness’s ”Commentary On The Verses Of Thought Transformation” is our podcast 79 stimulus, where we explore the dangers of self-cherishing, the wisdom of the witness, the cunning of the ego-mind, the temptation of anger addiction, the glory of loving awareness, ending in a sublime George Harrison song. We - Raghu & David & Rachael & Noah & Nathan (the team) - love this podcast, possibly at the risk of subtle self-cherishing!
Sep 11, 2014
Ep. 78 - The Inner Judge
How do we neutralize the annoying and damaging inner judge? Relentlessly parsing other people’s words and worth is, simply put, really unhealthy and besides hurting other people, it upsets profoundly your own balancing act of living life. Within this mix, R&D also chat about India, William F. Buckley Jr. and the hidden treasures of Padmasambhava...
Sep 02, 2014
Ep. 77 - Roshi Joan Halifax
Roshi Joan honors us with her wisdom and illuminated presence. She gets into the need for authentic daily practice and avoidance of the quick fix...dealing with moral distress...actualized compassion and retaining buoyancy in a difficult world...Thich Nhat Hanh and Alan Watts's influence...working with the great folklorist, Alan Lomax...bodhicitta and the awakened heart - a lot to chew upon
Aug 23, 2014
Ep. 76 - Marijuana Matters
Bruce Margolin, America's leading lawyer fighting unjust pot laws, talks about the whole spectrum of marijuana legal insanity, plus the racist, xenophobic origins of the "reefer madness" myth making. Plus we talk about a miraculous cannabis oil toddler's recovery. Laws are easing, but Bruce lets us know how the prejudice and ignorance continues, despite the overwhelmingly benign results of sensible pot usage, sensorium pot smoking.
Aug 15, 2014
Ep. 75 - Happiness, Unhappiness
We tackle how to be happy, how to find equanimity within suffering...tough stuff...the mega ironies of the pleasure/desire chase..."love people, use things"...the strange fact that happiness and unhappiness are not actually opposites...death the leveler and finally "Dying" stores in strip malls - "Be Dead Now"...still, this is a happy podcast from two "cheerful melancholics."
Aug 08, 2014
Ep. 74 - The Spiritual Not Religious Thing
When someone says “I’m spiritual not religious” what does that mean? How important is mysticism in spirituality? R & D roll this around, along with cheaper solar, no hating, Jesus as yogi, and the angel on 5th and 42nd…
Aug 01, 2014
Ep. 73 - Consciousness throughout it all…
Stream of consciousness about…consciousness. Its abiding continuity behind and throughout “ordinary trauma"…its persistent existence beyond karma...its ultimately redemptive resonance. And what does it mean to see our body as merely a “rented house”? Also, R&D insist on knowing nothing once again.
Jul 24, 2014
Ep. 72 - Jamie's Giant Leap
R & D with Jamie Catto, film-maker best known for his iconic “One Giant Leap” global consciousness film. We enter into exploration of JC’s transformative films, workshops and lifestyle, which we trust will move listeners to check out his movies, so they too can create for themselves a quantum leap of awareness. Compelling conversation, definite food for thought...
Jul 15, 2014
Ep. 71 - Tami Simon’s True Sounds
Tami Simon’s amazing company, Sounds True, has gathered and published for all of us a treasure trove of teachings – spoken word, music, more…so we just had to talk to her. Her mission, without pretension, was always to “disseminate spiritual wisdom.” Tami’s teachers and catalysts affected her as if she were “being held by an unlimited field of awe and wonder.” We hear her wisdom regarding ambiguity, so-called broken-ness and the constant conversation on the inner plane. Tami is a rare example of mindful private enterprise, passionate about relaying knowledge and inward grasp to everyone.
Jul 03, 2014
Ep. 70 - Perspectives of the Heart
Potent, beautiful perspectives brought about by shattering epiphanies out of the blue - R & D get into this with chat ranging from the edge of awakening caused by everything from a heart attack to a post-concussion Jersey cow. And what is the real difference between acquisitive quid pro quo “love” and pure, unconditional love?
Jun 27, 2014
Ep. 69 - Mirabai Starr Lights Up the Dark…
Mirabai Starr speaks truth from profound personal experience, her dark night of the soul – as well as kindly communicating to us the curative possibilities of transformation via grief. It’s just so special to hear her visions and interpretations of amazing mystics as well as her lucid articulation of the Oneness of all authentic spiritual paths. Mirabai’s transcendent work and perspective is a healing in itself. Meeting Mirabai’s heart and soul is like drinking cool, clear water in the flame of the hot desert.
Jun 19, 2014
Ep. 68 - Wall Street Mind-Hacking Meditators?
Should Hedge Funders find their edge through meditation? Is it OK for killers to practice mindfulness? R & D get into that plus Mr. Rogers, the Quaker Oats man, the fine art of eye contact, Maria Shriver, martial arts and the Gita. Good luck.
Jun 03, 2014
Ep. 67 - The Brain Train & William B.
Rewire your thoughts/emotions and Eureka – neuroplasticity! Plus we gab about mindfulness techniques allowing us to observe and lessen the hyped up reactions and transcend the tedious triggers - then, relief and release - huge and tiny setbacks may lose their nasty grip on our day…this and a killer William Burroughs track and you have a rockin’ Podcast 67.
May 22, 2014
Ep. 66 - Space Time Life, Quantum Afterlife
Does consciousness exist outside the constraints of time and space? Does new science substantiate Tibetan vision, vindicate the lysergic realization? Rolling with life and afterlife cradled by the non-local, meanwhile, as usual, R & D exuding anecdotes, antidotes, a rant and a minimum of cant…
May 09, 2014
Ep. 65 - Joseph Goldstein’s Mindfulness…
Joseph Goldstein, Insight Meditation Society sage, with us in conversation about his new book “Mindfulness: A Practical Guide To Awakening” – washing the mind of neurosis; combating I, Me, Mine; what you’re looking for is what is looking…
Apr 29, 2014
Ep. 64 - Krishna Das, Kirtan Wallah
KD in a far-ranging conversation with R & D, plus tracks from his brand new “Kirtan Wallah” CD. We talk about the realities of having or not having a guru… KD on non-emotional longing, loving the inner self, re-awakening after our obsession with who we think we are…how chanting keeps bringing you back…
Apr 21, 2014
Ep. 63 - The Indie Spiritualist
The Indie Spiritualist, Chris Grosso, is our refreshing guest, and he takes us out of the deep darkness of addiction into the high light shining from the transmission of heart, via his own epiphanies with everyone from Eddie van Halen through to Trungpa Rinpoche. “Life is beautiful and disgusting both” Chris says and urges us to love all of it…
Apr 11, 2014
Ep. 62 - The Ecstasy of Surrender
Dr. Judith Orloff guides us through the natural, human and humane ecstasy of true surrender on the road to health and healing…going-with-the-flow style acceptance - whatever - being the true engine for freedom ...the fulfilling courage of working with what we’ve got – David and Raghu take heed…
Apr 03, 2014
Ep. 61 - Return to Shiva Station
Raghu and Dave gab with Jai Uttal, world music and kirtan pioneer. They introduce Jai's excellent new album "Return to Shiva Station" - also on the table, Ali Akbar Khan, Jai's musical Guru, and his exploits with the Bauls of Bengal deep in the forests near Calcutta, India. Order Jai's new album here: http://goo.gl/ThxOtA
Mar 27, 2014
Ep. 60 - Accept Your Rascal
Carl Jung brilliantly interpreted by Alan Watts, wow…the value of recognizing your inner rascal and redemption “in the arms of your own kindness”…David’s personal memories of an incisive comedian and Raghu’s recollections of the 16th Karmapa...
Mar 20, 2014
Ep. 59 - Unconscious Impulses
“How unconscious thought and perception affect our waking state.” Our podcast exposes the undertow of snap judgements, fast anger, and the plague of default expectations based on minimal information. David explains the “witness” concept and we quote Pema Chodron on eradication of the fixed mind. A ton of talking punctuated by Beck’s new music…
Mar 11, 2014
Ep. 58 - Duncan T. and his Happy Day
Duncan T returns, full of tales of his happy service day...a Dalai Lama anecdote/antidote - his answer to the big big key question as to why we are here…baby poop in the supermarket...Duncan on the magic of generosity… and Raghu’s embarrassing moment with Maharaji…
Feb 28, 2014
Ep. 57 - The Qualia of Life
What are Qualia? Consciousness components. From the outer: animals, buildings, supermodels. From the inner: ideas, desires, sensibilities, art, aspirations. They are about seeing and imagining being the same thing. Qualia are the building blocks of creation. Qualia are rooted in consciousness.
Feb 20, 2014
Ep. 56 - Go Within & Win
R&D on reaching for the inner universe…eradicating the “paranoid ghost puppet performers”…smoking with Bob…loving Anais Nin…love, love, love – the eternal urge. 
Feb 12, 2014
Ep. 55 - Lame Blame In The Brain
Banishing blame is the aim, admonishing anger is the game. The amazing Pali Katannu Sutta…Costco…and, last but never least, “no longer laying trips on anyone.”
Feb 04, 2014
Ep. 54 - Loneliness is such a drag...
Lonely is never good, alone is cool. Sexy oldsters. Loneliness creating sickness, even arthritis. R&D tell their dreams...Jimi sings the blues and we explore craving and behaving...
Jan 29, 2014
Ep. 53 - Lama Surya Das Returns
The Mindrollers chat with the Lama: Is there really a chasm between us and them? Seems we need to cultivate empathy with our distant neighbors. We need to slow down and increase our attention and intention. 
Jan 17, 2014
Ep. 52 - Shiva Media Maven
Mr. Shiva Baum and the intrepid Mindrollers commune at the church of Springsteen...compare the crazed sixties and the weird now...talk about cutting through the illusion and the kirtan phenomenon...
Jan 10, 2014
Ep. 51 - Dennis McKenna
Meet Dennis McKenna and take in reflections upon his early life, his brilliant brother Terence, and their pioneer explorations of all manner of psychedelic substances. No question, the McKennas together changed the way we looked at altered, expanded consciousness.
Jan 02, 2014
Ep. 50 - Clearly Jack Kornfield
Jack Kornfield, one of the seminal messengers of Buddhism to the West, in conversation with us...in his own inimitable, honest and uber-lucid way, Jack delivers amazingly helpful insights into useful Buddhist/universal ways of being. "The task is not to perfect yourself, it's to perfect your love." - Jack Kornfield To learn more about Jack visit his website: http://www.jackkornfield.com/
Dec 20, 2013
Ep. 49 - Whole Brain Radio
Talking holistic radical radio with airwaves innovator Alan Hutner - conspiracy chemtrail entertainment, bhakti broadcasting, Arlo Guthrie...
Dec 13, 2013
Ep. 48 - Danny Goldberg and MLK
Danny's eloquence and wisdom about Dr. King as well as his rich personal anecdotes about activism, politics and music giants Nirvana and Zeppelin in his life...
Dec 03, 2013
Ep. 47 - Duncan Trussell Goes Deep
Duncan and the Mindrollers dealing with their inner "alien" intruder and not getting crazy...
Nov 21, 2013
Ep. 46 - The Reach Part Two
"The most important kind of freedom is to be what you really are. You trade in your reality for a role. You trade in your sense for an act. You give up your ability to feel, and in exchange, put on a mask. There can't be any large-scale revolution until there's a personal revolution, on an individual level. It's got to happen inside first." - Jim Morrison
Nov 14, 2013
Ep. 45 - The Reach
 R & D discuss "Reaching" as a practice in itself -  the deft movement in consciousness  to be more present, to be attending, to be tender...
Nov 07, 2013
Ep. 44 - Sharon Returns
Sharon Salzberg, world renowned author and Buddhist meditation teacher joins us for a discussion on Lovingkindness in the face of adversity.
Oct 24, 2013
Ep. 43 - The Empathy Gap
Do the rich care about the poor? The invisible people as seen by the very visible...the empathy gap and how to close it...
Oct 17, 2013
Ep. 42 - Spontaneous...
Spontaneous orgasms...“homo economicus”...compassion & neural networks...sex on the beach out of the blue, and a Chrissie Hynde song thrown in...
Oct 10, 2013
Ep. 41 - After Life, What?
We're going after the afterlife. Is it consciousness or is it simply legacy? What?
Oct 03, 2013
Ep. 40 - Suffering’s Yin & Yang
Suffering is grace. Suffering is a nightmare. Can both be true? How in the name of real life do we deal with pure pain? And how do we handle other people’s suffering? Finding the balance...
Sep 25, 2013
Ep. 39 - India: Sacred Trip...
High Himalayan India R&D: Raghu’s latest yatra.
Sep 17, 2013
Ep. 38 - Lama Tsultrim Allione
Lama Tsultrim Allione is our honored guest – she’s great. We concentrate on her truly transformative book “Feeding Your Demons.” The book's core concept/vision: “One does not become enlightened by imagining figures of light but by making the darkness conscious.” Yeah, can't argue with that - facing and transforming your shadow self is pretty essential in the liberation process... Check out the Wikipedia entry Here for brief yet solid biographical info about our guest.
Sep 10, 2013
Ep. 37 - Into the Mystic Pt. 2
Music is a beatific balm to our psyche, suggesting our soul...
Aug 27, 2013
Ep. 36 - Lean Into It
Leaning into trauma and loss. Loving impermanence. Well, OK...but easier said than done. The comfort zone of normality-seeking “untrauma” always beckoning enticingly. We talk about the “opportunity” of the willingness to face distress...
Aug 20, 2013
Ep. 35 - Irregular Brain
The "movie of me"...selfishness out of selflessness?..."irregular thinking"...spiritual practice as success mode?...OK, let's stay positive for a moment...
Aug 13, 2013
Ep. 34 - Meditation's Mores and Glories
An R & D on the uses and abuses of meditation...Doing yoga just to look cool...Finally cutting through the thoughts and finding your heart through proper practice.
Aug 06, 2013
Ep. 33 - David Nichtern: Music & Meditation Man
Following guitarist extraordinaire/dharma communicator David Nichtern’s quick turn from the music studio to the Buddhist pure land  – prajna, rigpa and recording...
Jul 30, 2013
Ep. 32 - The Enlightenment Industry and Right Livelihood
R & D opine about the commercial business of so-called enlightenment plus they offer some words about how to not go nuts if your work is oppressing and depressing you. How do you stay positive when your job kinda sucks?
Jul 18, 2013
Ep. 31 - A Chat with Dr. Judith Orloff
Dr. Judith Orloff, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry UCLA, defines “Emotional Freedom” as the capacity to give and receive love, what it is to be a true empath and what mirror neurons are all about...R&D listen...
Jul 11, 2013
Ep. 30 - Generous Attention
“Attention is the rarest and purest form of generosity” (Simone Weil) “By this definition, our relationship to the world, and to one another, and to ourselves are becoming increasingly miserly.” (Jonathan Safran Foer) Do we communicate more and love less? Are we hard wired for connection or isolation? R & D do their due diligence on all of this...
Jun 27, 2013
Ep. 29 - Into The Mystic
Magical, mystical, mysterious, mellifluous music from the legendary Triloka World Music catalog. Enjoy the music and banter from Raghu and David.
Jun 20, 2013
Ep. 28 - Upside Down World
Can right wingers be Buddhists?  What is the military-industrial-media complex? Can we resist without rage? How can we avoid harming another heart? 
Jun 06, 2013
Ep. 27 - Visions of Johanna
Bob Dylan - born half a year before Pearl Harbor with his word fugues of our future always old/forever young – he rocked a rotten society...what rocks youth now...our 2013 parallel universe...getting the charge, the message, without needing a drug or a guru...a 9/11 first responder’s love tale...
May 30, 2013
Ep. 26 - Themeless Seamless Musings
A little music, a Mad Man, slight madness and some sanity ranging from Pema Chodron to Richard Nixon with entertainment by Malian angel Rokia Traoré.  Podcast gets into music as transportation; sixties/now parallels; “shmoos”; stealing chocolate; “learning to stay”; not chasing thoughts; and service/social activism. Plus “what have we really got out of years of practice?”  
May 23, 2013
Ep. 25 - Meatball Fulton
The Mindrolling twins dig into the world of free form radio with Tom Lopez aka Meatball Fulton - a pioneer of the genre from back in the 60’s. Tom talks about his relationship with Don Van Vliet aka Captain Beefheart who was a compadre of Frank Zappa and wrote and performed incredibly bizarre yet transcendent music. In fact the New York Times called it “the strange uncle of post-punk”. Also featured are a few vignettes of highly evocative radio plays Tom has produced.
May 16, 2013
Ep. 39 - Trungpa Rinpoche
Ram Dass talks about his relationship with the great Tibetan Lama, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Includes detailed moments with Trungpa and Ram Dass at different events and venues in the early 70’s where Trungpa was teaching - the methods he used with his students and the dismay of many who were offended by his unusual behavior and teachings that were enigmatic to say the least. Ram Dass delves into a substantial issue around teachers in the West that are unconventional and sometimes divisive yet can provide students with a path that allows for real growth.
May 13, 2013
Ep. 24 - Driving Yourself Sane
Navigating the conventional world and its roles – and escaping them: our chat with TV producer/teacher/friend Peter Goldsmith: How to roll your mind away from obsessive identification with the “work you”... How to see all true paths as exactly the same... How to say hello to the inner self...
May 09, 2013
Ep. 23 - Duncan Trussell Returns!
DUNCAN TRUSSELL, conscious humorist pal and podcast guru, is back with us, and we expand upon mind expansion, conquering cancer, mortality, Allen Ginsberg, the edges of time and space, downloading divine info, “disciplic succession,” and love underlying everything. It’s an intense yet hilarious trip into Duncan’s mind and heart.
Apr 26, 2013
Ep. 22 - American Veda
“American Veda” author Philip Goldberg traces how Eastern philosophy and practice developed in the U.S., making it clear that yoga, meditation and kirtan didn’t just spring up here out of nowhere. We learn about the progression from people like Ralph Waldo Emerson, Swami Vivekananda, George Harrison and Ram Dass.
Apr 19, 2013
Ep. 21 - Rascals
Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche said, “The quality of a really good teacher is “rascalness." Why do we need the outright unpredictable sometimes in order to progress spiritually? This week our Mindrollers delve into true intuitive wisdom, cults, humor as teaching, and the connection between art and consciousness. Catch their drift and open your mind or maybe lose it...
Apr 12, 2013
Ep. 20 - Ram Dass & Rameshwar Das
Raghu and David welcome Ram Dass and his co-author Rameshwar Das, who just finished their new book, Polishing the Mirror. Ram Dass talks about the moment that his life changed when he met his Guru and how that “moment” became viral with so many people. Also revealing discussion around honesty and being at the edge of awakening with dying people.
Apr 05, 2013
Ep. 19 - Implant and the Wall
The Mindrollers traverse from the implant of knowledge via a teacher (or not) through to the real meaning of Pink Floyd’s “The Wall” as explained to David by Roger Waters himself. Also ruminations about “rascal” teachers, the true nature of surrender, the dark presence of fear in our lives, and love as a disease.
Mar 29, 2013
Ep. 18 - Life is Tough, Deal with It
David and Raghu investigate the unusual "Shambala Sun" cover story by Norman Fischer. Our Mindrollers present their own version of how to deal with life - stop blaming people, the world is upside down -turn it over, everything is the path including your step-mother, overcome self-interest as in Dave’s fixation with a certain European sport and confusion is the Buddha - not to be confused by our guys’ continuing lifetime journey to awareness.
Mar 22, 2013
Ep. 17 - Mickey Lemle
Mickey Lemle’s documentary “Fierce Grace” passionately covers Ram Dass’s life post-stroke and also gives us a  transcendent look at aging when life suddenly involves intense hardship.  We talk with Mickey about this and also his seminal film "Compassion in Exile: The Life of The 14th Dalai Lama"...tons of great anecdotes...
Mar 14, 2013
Ep. 16 - A Chat with Mirabai Bush
Mirabai Bush, who co-founded The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, has worked with everyone from Google to troubled youth to the army, teaching the practice of mindfulness. If anyone needs more mindfulness, it’s the two Mindrollers, whose aspirations far over-reach their achievements...
Mar 07, 2013
Ep. 15 - Sharon Salzberg
Sharon Salzberg joins Mindrolling on location on Maui and shares her incredible clarity and huge heart. She lends a hand to our intrepid Mindrollers on how to navigate the vicissitudes of our complex lives thru awareness, compassion and meditation. As she says, "May the Minds Roll." 
Feb 27, 2013
Ep. 14 - Krishna Das
Raghu and David sit with Krishna Das, who the New York times has called the Chant Master of American Yoga. They discuss chanting as a practice and people taking on "uncooked Gurus". 
Feb 20, 2013
Ep. 13 - Politics and Spirituality
Activism without anger, resistance without rancor: it's hard to reach detachment when the political world is making you crazy.  What to do? Vajravarahi is a spiritual energy deity perceived to transmute the Five Negative Afflictions which represent five obstructions that obscure the true nature of life.  These Five Afflictions are greed, hatred, delusion, jealousy and pride. Like all fearsome figures in Tantric Buddhism, she is protective & simply wrathful for beneficial reasons.  She fits the bill for helping change the negative emotions that prevent us from balancing ourselves or society.   Original Text by: Tristan Rigby - Rishigallery.com
Feb 12, 2013
Ep. 12 - Enigmatic Teachers
What is a guru? What is a teacher?  Raghu and David offer gentle though and definitions of an “accomplished being” a “siddha” and of a teacher, some of whom are great and some actually harmful...they speak about the saga of Joya Santanya, her Shakti, and her ego...
Feb 05, 2013
Ep. 11 - Immersed in Sacred Music
More spectacular experiences with sacred musicians: Bob Marley, Krishna Das, Jai Uttal and Bhagavan Das. Both frightening and enlightening times with world, trance and the beginnings of chant and kirtan music is explored. David and Raghu discuss the practice of opening the heart by chanting, where no thinking is necessary. 
Jan 29, 2013
Ep. 10 - Shyamdas
This podcast with our dear friend Shyam Das which was scheduled for broadcast today January 22, 2013 tragically coincided with his passing in a motorcycle accident in India three days ago. There are simply no adequate words to describe this loss to all of us. Master chanter, brilliant Krishna scholar, Shyamdas was globally revered, but much more importantly, he was loved for his delightful and friendly ways, his sparkling humorand his seamless, astonishing devotion to the ancient tradition of the ways of love for the Hindu facsimile of the Manifest Divine, Krishna and Radha. Synchronistically, this podcast features a conversation we did with him just before he left for India for the last, fateful time.
Jan 22, 2013
Ep. 09 - Close Encounters: From Zappa to Muktananda
David and Raghu talk about David's interview with Frank Zappa, and 60’s music from Detroit soul to California drug music. Raghu has an embarrassing Led Zeppelin experience. R & D discuss high beings coming into their lives...India...“dolphins in the Ganges”...Raghu’s father’s transformation...meeting Muktananda...Burmese Insight Meditation practice – Goldstein, Salzberg, Kornfield...Buddhism and Bhakti in the West...Ram Dass and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. 
Jan 17, 2013
Ep. 08 - A Chat with Lama Surya Das
American Lama Surya Das talks with us about his sixties influences such as folk music, John Lennon, and his early questioning of the meaning of life. He carefully compares these times for the current youth generation to our own, where crises often happen along with optimistic youth outreach.  He tells us more about the Dzogchen Buddhist Mindrolling tradition. He remembers being with Neem Karoli Baba and how he absorbed the Buddhist wisdom.  Surya Das gets into the path to authentic life balance and letting be.  He discusses his “WOW” suggestion – Wishing Others Well and the loving kindness practice.  He mentions how H.H. The Dalai Lama encouraged him to practice “compassionate action.”
Jan 08, 2013
Ep. 07 - Digital Dilemma
This podcast explores the positive and negative aspects of media, including social media. Raghu recalls playing Ram Dass tapes on the radio back in the day and meeting Maharaji. David compares 1960’s media to 1980’s cable explosion to the 2012 vastly expanded current global Internet. The potential abuse of social media is weighed along with its progressive and humanitarian communication quantum leaps. Spirituality via media is analyzed. Does instant information actually make us happier, more relaxed, and more truly connected?
Jan 02, 2013
Ep. 06 - A Chat with Danny Goldberg
Our friend Danny Goldberg is a music industry legend, former Chairman of Warner Brothers Records and President of Atlantic Records, Danny discovered and managed Kurt Cobain and Nirvana and was the head of Led Zeppelin’s record company, "Swansong" amongst other things. The conversation revolves around Danny’s experience in combining great worldly success and a spiritual path. We get into the sixties and the origins of expanded consciousness via Ram Dass and the teacher Hilda Charlton. Remembering Martin Luther King’s words “Although we live in the colony of time, we owe our allegiance to the empire of eternity.”
Dec 18, 2012
Ep. 05 - Matters of Practicality
How do we achieve balance in our life in a practical way? Dave and Raghu talk about the Tibetan leader of the Mindrolling lineage, Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche and her wise words...loving the present...combatting stressors...talking about everyone wanting happiness...practicality and practice...transcending the “monkey mind”...adventures with Chogyam Trungpa. And “how to be in this world?”
Dec 12, 2012
Ep. 04 - A Chat with Duncan Trussell
Raghu and David chat with Duncan Trussell, Los Angeles based conscious stand up comedian and podcaster about humor, awareness and the parallels between the late sixties and the Millennial generation, comparing boomer and echo-boomer predicaments and solutions.
Nov 27, 2012
Ep. 03 - Music as Ally
Music can actually transform our consciousness, thereby changing our life, song by song, chant by chant. We discuss the sixties and the momentum created during that time. David tells us about his extensive work with Bob Marley. We hear a couple of tracks from the unique Triloka world music label and examine trance as experienced through being open to and listening to music of all kinds from John Coltrane to Ali Akbar Khan.
Nov 20, 2012
Ep. 02 - Larger than Life Experiences
A dual biographical podcast.  “From our past and your future,” David’s many experiences with Timothy Leary...his film biopic with Tim and his feelings about death and dying.  Ram Dass and Leary.  David’s amazing altered consciousness experience in Tim’s house, a few weeks after Tim died.  Raghu’s magnetization to Ram Dass while a FM program director in Montreal and his progression to India and the guru.  David in Morocco with the Jajouka Master Musicians.  The experiencing of Neem Karoli Baba.  
Nov 14, 2012
Ep. 01 - Early Days
The first podcast traces the history of the awakening process for the two hosts via culture and intensified awareness - the sixties were the engine of the movement towards consciousness, via the Vietnam War, psychedelics, music, and community.  David and Raghu look back on “going through the changes” and emerging from the repressive atmosphere of the early sixties into the radical, healing effects of the Beat Generation, The Beatles and Bob Dylan.  Early inner and outer encounters with Transcendental Meditation, the Hare Krishna movement and Meher Baba are explored, plus willing aping of the behavior of icons John Lennon, George Harrison and Pete Townshend. This podcast draws parallels between experiences and learning curves of the sixties and seventies and those of the present.
Oct 23, 2012