The Only Dance There Is

Ram Dass Richard Alpert


The Only Dance There Is

The Only Dance There Is

  • Title: The Only Dance There Is
  • Author: Ram Dass Richard Alpert
  • ISBN: 9780385084130
  • Page: 371
  • Format: Paperback



This book is based on talks by Ram Dass at the Menninger Foundation in 1970 and at the Spring Grove Hospital in Maryland in 1972 The text grew out of the interaction between Ram Dass and the spiritual seekers in attendance at these talks The result of this unique exchange is a useful guide for understanding the nature of consciousness useful both to other spiritual seekThis book is based on talks by Ram Dass at the Menninger Foundation in 1970 and at the Spring Grove Hospital in Maryland in 1972 The text grew out of the interaction between Ram Dass and the spiritual seekers in attendance at these talks The result of this unique exchange is a useful guide for understanding the nature of consciousness useful both to other spiritual seekers and to formally trained psychologists It is also a celebration of the Dance of Life which, in the words of Ram Dass, is the only dance there is.


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The Only Dance There Is is a compiled transcription of two lectures Ram Dass gave to a room of psychotherapists in the early 1970s. The first lecture was at the Menninger Foundation in 1970, and the second at the Spring Grove Hospital in 1972. Seeing as Ram Dass was a trained Harvard professor and psychiatrist before he transformed into a yogi, he was in the fortunate position of having two perceptual vantage points to overlook the whole thing. His clear insight into the Western approach to solv [...]

It's been awhile since I've read this, and I don't know about how I would feel about the book in light of my current theology, but I remember being thrilled by the ideas included in it. I especially liked the concept he puts forth: "If it's the only dance there is you can dance it from Ugh or you can dance it from Ah!" The book reminded me of the temporary nature and ephemeral quality of earthly life. Why waste it on being angry, gloomy, resentful, unforgiving? That really makes no sense. I unde [...]

You have to love an upper-middleclass Jewish intellectual who attended Harvard, became a psychoanalyst, started hanging around with Timothy Leary, took LSD, forsook his previous life, packed up and went to India where he met 'his' guru, etc. I love this guy's self-awareness (he was a psychoanalyst after all) and his honesty and sense of humor. Short book, somewhat dated, but in the end about a 'seeker' who might be familiar to some of you that look in the mirror on occasion.

This is a tremendous book that takes matters of spirituality out of the musty, dead religious institutions and into the light of truth, beauty, and reason.

I read this when I was 19. I think it sort of changed my life. Great "figuring out who you are" book.

See the review of his Be Here Now.

I may say a lot about this book, but I don’t feel strong enough to rephrase Ram Dass, because whatever I may say is rephrasing. You may try to lose the boundaries between normal and magic, shift your point of dimension to the point where ego is not longer dominant. It teaches you without teaching, and leaves you with a profound feeling that all the experiences you live through are so relevant. So far, the best book of Ram Dass I have read.

Blown AwayRam Dass is definitely someone who has “been there” and it is through sharing his experience that many others have qualified their own experiences as all part of the singular presence of us all in this Universe.

3 1/2 stars

Beautiful. This book spoke to my longing to connect to other people. It gave me hope.

What can I say? I love Ram Dass! I can't say I've loved every one of his books I've read but this one in my opinion is right up there with Be Here Now. Took me awhile to read because I read and savored it in small pieces. It is a transcript of 2 lectures he gave to mental health professionals in the early 70's. This makes perfect sense since he is an old psychologist and former Harvard Professor of Psychology. I like this book of lectures and his pod casts because of his easy, humorous and conve [...]

This book is a combination of two lectures given by Ram Das to professionals in the field of psychology. He shares his beliefs about God, reincarnation, evolving consciousness, and many personal experiences, including his experimental use of LSD. He also talks in depth about his guru and his time in India. To use Ram Das' own words, the subject matter for this book is really "far out stuff." I will admit, I struggled to wrap my mind around a lot of the topics. I did appreciate the laid back styl [...]

Ram Dass is a psychedelic scholar who has sought out the effects of changing your consciousness through religious endeavors. If you are interested in Hinduism, Buddhism, or Taoism, I highly suggest reading this perspective of one man's path toward enlightenment. It is astonishing to read the interpretations of eastern religious practices from the insight of a trained psychologist. He shed his scholastic and psychedelic past and hopped on the next flight to India where after long travails he happ [...]

I love Ram Dass--or as he might say, he kindles that place in me that is pure love. These are transcribed lectures, so they are very informal and conversational, rambling at times, but covering all the basics of the yogic philosophy and lifestyle. He really communicates this stuff so eloquently and with good, self-deprecating humor. Be aware that his language is quite '60s-damaged so if you have a problem with excessive use of the terms "groovy" and "far-out," you will not have an easy time. If [...]

I'd rate this behind Be Here Now,Grist for the Mill and Polishing the Mirror: How to Live from Your Spiritual Heart.This doesn't seem to be as dense/interesting as his other books. Didn't find anything new/special here

loved it, Ram Dass always has good things to say. I would recommend hunting down the audio discs for these talks though, you will understand better from his tone of voice etc what he means. He has a good sense of humor and I think I missed some of that by reading it. But after listening to him, the topics got through to me more. But maybe this is a good book to have lying around in case you want to pick it up every now and then for a bit of wisdom.

This is a transcription of some talks given by this ex-Harvard professor turned Timothy Leary cohort turned super-Buddhist. The style is really fun to read but I was only really into it during the first half.

This is one of those books, like Be Here Now, that are never finished, but to which one can (and must) return again and again. These lectures develop and extend the contents of Be Here Now in many ways, with all the late 60s/early 70s lingo and issues arising.

Loads of wisdom in every direction as a transcript of a lecture. Conversational in tone but big ideas in this one that hold true for me to this day.

Incredible book. Taken from lectures so his tone is very conversational and relatable. Still the most down-to-earth and relatable dharma text I've ever read.

anne lamott recommends

currently reading, I'll fill this in when I finish.

I wrote a review of his film Fierce Grace in which the review mentions these books. You can find the review posted here:hubpages/hub/In-Favor-of-H

sometimes a tad incoherent/hard to follow, but sprinkled with beautiful gems throughout. Buddha is a bus driver (~:

It was a pretty good book. Nothing extraordinary. This was a compilation of speeches Ram Dass gave.

Pretty good for a non-spiritually advanced poplularizer.

Religion,Philosophy

More lessons for life from the esteemed Ram Das.

It was decent. I can't remember much but it was written well but had some ethical parts that weren't very pleasing. An adult book for sure.

Why am I here? This book told me why.


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