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Richard Alpert

Dr. Richard Alpert (born 1933), later known as Ram Dass, was a professor of psychology at Harvard University who became well known for his controversial research program which studied the effects of LSD.

Alpert worked closely with Dr. Timothy Leary at Harvard, where the two conducted many experiments on the effects of LSD. The pair were dismissed from the university in 1963 due to their controversial research. They relocated, and continued their experiments at a private mansion in New York (see LSD).

In 1967, Alpert travelled to India, where he became heavily involved in meditative practice and yoga. He changed his name to Ram Dass, meaning servant of God.

Upon his return to the United States, Alpert founded several organizations dedicated to expanding spiritual awareness and promoting spiritual growth.


Be Here Now (1971)

Doing Your Own Being (1973)

The Only Dance There Is (1974)

Grist for the Mill (with Steven Levine) (1977)

Journey of Awakening: A Meditator's Guidebook (1978)


Official Ram Dass website (http://www.ramdasstapes.org/)

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