Conversations with Authors - Rameshwar Das with Dr. Larry Brilliant (Virtual Event)

Thursday, January 14, 2021 - 6:00pm

Thursday, January 14th • Live

Virtual • 6:00pm PT/9:00pm ET

Conversations with Authors is our free virtual event series! Join us throughout the week at 4:00pm PT/7:00pm ET for a new chat with a different author.


A note from Rameshwar:

Dear friends of Ram Dass and Book Passage,

Thanks to Book Passage for orchestrating this bi-coastal virtuality with Dr. Larry Brilliant in Marin and myself in the Far East (that is, the far east end of Long Island.) And thanks to all you devoted readers for participating in this rollout of Ram Dass’s memoir, Being Ram Dass.

A deep bow of warm appreciations to the evening’s co-conspirator, Dr. Larry Brilliant, who took a gracious evening away from the pandemic war he’s been waging relentlessly across time zones and countries. His ongoing advice to the World Health Organization, the incoming administration, CNN, and many others is exactly the kind of selfless service that Ram Dass and our guru, Neem Karoli Baba, urged on his devotees.

This gathering marks just over a year since Ram Dass left his body in December 2020. His wisdom and love continue to circulate, and I hope this book serves as a parable for inner exploration for others in this tumultuous time. Please take care of yourself, those you love, and help spread the qualities of wisdom and compassion we need to get through.

I’ve not had much time for my own reading in the intensive push to finish Being Ram Dass. These past months. I finally read The Overstory by Richard Powers, which I loved. I found The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse by Charlie Mackesy, and Now Is the Way by Cory Allen, books about saints, like Living By the Words of Bhagavan, by David Godman, about Ramana Maharshi, and Legends of the Mahasiddhas by Keith Dowman, about Tibetan masters. I tend to return to favorite writers like Hemingway, Joyce, Beckett, Burroughs, Jorge Luis Borges, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, Garcia Lorca, William Gibson, Daniel Ladinsky, Kabir, and Paul Krugman in the NY Times.

May our kind thoughts and good intentions bear fruit.
—Rameshwar Das

Born Richard Alpert, Ram Dass was a prominent Harvard psychology professor who partnered with Timothy Leary in psychedelic research, and later traveled to India and met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba. Upon returning to the US with his new name, which means “servant of God,” Ram Dass became a pivotal influence on the culture with his groundbreaking book Be Here Now—a backpacker’s bible for a generation of spiritual seekers. In this new definitive memoir, Being Ram Dass, America's best-known and beloved spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, shares his life story set against the backdrop of eight decades of cultural transformation.

Rameshwar Das, coauthor of Being Ram Dass, will join Marin local Dr. Larry Brilliant, in conversation about the life and new memoir from spiritual teacher and cultural icon, Ram Dass. Both Rameshwar Das and Dr. Brilliant were longtime friends of Ram Dass, having known him for over 50 years. Just as Neem Karoli Baba foretold Ram Dass he would write a book (Be Here Now), he also foretold Brilliant would work for the World Health Organization’s India smallpox program, to help eradicate this ancient plague (which he did).

Rameshwar Das is an writer, photographer, and coauthor of several Ram Dass books including Be Love Now, Polishing the Mirror, and Being Ram Dass. He lives in East Hampton, Long Island.

Dr. Larry Brilliant is a physician and epidemiologist, CEO of Pandefense Advisory, and a CNN Medical Analyst. He also serves on the board of the Skoll Foundation, as well as co-founded the Seva Foundation, an NGO whose programs have given back sight to more than 5 million blind people in two dozen countries. Dr. Brilliant is the author of Sometimes Brilliant, a memoir about working to eradicate smallpox. He lives in Marin County, CA.


Below, please find links to purchase their books.




Being Ram Dass Cover Image
By Ram Dass, Rameshwar Das, Anne Lamott (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781683646280
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sounds True - January 12th, 2021

The Overstory: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393356687
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 2nd, 2019

The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062976581
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: HarperOne - October 22nd, 2019

Now Is the Way: An Unconventional Approach to Modern Mindfulness Cover Image
By Cory Allen, Aubrey Marcus (Foreword by)
for information about purchasing this book, please contact
ISBN: 9780525538042
Published: TarcherPerigee - September 24th, 2019

Legends of the Mahasiddhas: Lives of the Tantric Masters Cover Image
By Keith Dowman (Translated by), Robert Beer (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781620553657
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Inner Traditions - September 6th, 2014

Be Here Now Cover Image
ISBN: 9780517543054
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harmony - October 12th, 1971

Walking Each Other Home: Conversations on Loving and Dying Cover Image
ISBN: 9781683642008
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Sounds True - September 4th, 2018

Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart Cover Image
By Ram Dass, Rameshwar Das (With)
ISBN: 9781622033805
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Sounds True - September 1st, 2014

Be Love Now: The Path of the Heart Cover Image
ISBN: 9780061961380
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: HarperOne - November 8th, 2011

Paths to God: Living the Bhagavad Gita Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400054039
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Harmony - October 25th, 2005

Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying Cover Image
ISBN: 9781573228718
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - June 1st, 2001

The Only Dance There Is: Talks at the Menninger Foundation, 1970, and Spring Grove Hospital, 1972 Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385084130
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Published: Anchor - March 5th, 1974