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Ram Dass, ‘Fierce Grace’

By John Graves
Special to The PREVIEW

On Sunday, May 5, the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship service will be a brief overview of Ram Dass (Dr. Richard Alpert), presented by Ilene Haykus.

Haykus points out that, “He is one of the most well-known and deeply respected pioneers of the human potential movement.  From his radical experiments with LSD therapy during his tenure as a Harvard University professor in the 1960s, to the publication of his book  ‘Be Here Now’ in 1971, to the release of  ‘Fierce Grace,’ a documentary about his life, in 2001 (which includes interviews during the period of his recuperation from a debilitating stroke in 1997), Ram Dass has invited others on the spiritual path to share in and learn from his experiences.   He demonstrates, through his examples, how to embrace the opportunities for growth presented to us in life, including some of its greatest challenges.”

Haykus will present a brief overview of Ram Dass’ life and teachings.  She and others will also share some personal stories about time spent with this beloved man. At 12:30 p.m. (following a break for lunch after the service) the documentary “Fierce Grace” will be shown, followed by a discussion.

The service begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pagosah Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall.  The address is Unit B-15, Greenbriar Plaza.  Turn east on Greenbriar Drive off of North Pagosa Boulevard by the fire station, then left into the back parking lot and look for the big sign.  All are welcome.

This story was posted on May 2, 2013.