A spacious reflection on the unfolding pattern of life and death, placing it in the context of nature’s flow of the seasons. A succinct statement of Ram Dass’ views of death and reincarnation, and of the soul’s journey into greater awareness in life after life. (11/19/1978 - Irvine, CA). Please click the following link for additional teachings on Death and Dying:
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A discussion about "somebodyness", and the urge to break out of our conditioned bonds of the thinking mind and into the spacious realm of compassion and being.
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Photos: Mary Bloom, Tom Asher
Ram Dass first went to India in 1967 when he was still Dr. Richard Alpert, an already eminent Harvard psychologist and psychedelic pioneer with Dr. Timothy Leary. In India, he met his guru, Neem Karoli Baba, who gave Ram Dass his name, which means "servant of God." Everything changed then - his intense dharmic life started, and he became a pivotal influence on a culture that has reverberated with the words "Be Here Now" ever since. Ram Dass’s spirit has been a guiding light for three generations.
Through the auspices of Center for Spiritual Studies, Director Sridhar Silberfein brought Ram Dass over to Maui in 2004 to host a retreat. When recognizing a notable difference in Ram Dass’ well-being, it was decided he would stay on the island to maintain good health. After securing a home, assistants, doctors, therapist, and making sure Ram Dass was well taken care of financially, the Love, Serve Remember Foundation was created to replace Center for Spiritual Studies in 2009. Simultaneously Bhakti Fest was created and founded by Sridhar—from a vision he had on the stage at the Woodstock Festival standing along side Swami Satchidananda. Looking out at the field of humanity of 500,000 wild Americans, Sridhar said to Swamiji, "wouldn’t it be wonderful to be casting our eyes on the same amount of people chanting the Hari-nam (the names of the Divine…
Since Bhakti Fest’s inception, Ram Dass has made an annual appearance through exclusive interviews with founder, Sridhar Silberfein, who travels to Maui each year and films their conversations. Known for their humor, inspiration, and unmasked devotional attitude, these videos have been a highlight of the festival for the past six years. Transcribed for print and edited by Amy V. Dewhurst, author of Heartbreak Yoga, with a forward by notable kirtan artist Krishna Das, these conversations are presented in ways that are relatable to the Western yogi, no matter their level of practice or experience with yoga and Eastern spirituality. Known to never shy away from controversy, Sridhar approaches sensitive topics with ease and candor-from the spiritual significance of psychedelics to contemplating one’s own death. Always poised, Ram Dass handles each hard-to-touch-area with grace and wisdom. This is the rebellious yet affectionate Ram Dass who shocked many in the 60s but inspired generations to a higher way of thinking, and ultimately being. You’ll laugh; you’ll cry; you’ll be inspired to buy a ticket for Bhakti Fest-the only place in the world that consistently provides a space for the exploration of this level of consciousness and devotion.
In this lecture, held at the Asilomar Conference Grounds, Ram Dass discusses the changes he’s experienced in himself over the many years that he’s been teaching. He admits to having been caught in the separateness of acting as a, ‘holy man’, trying to be what everybody wanted him to be. He eventually had to acknowledge that part of him was using the spiritual path to avoid the things he couldn’t face in himself, and that the game wasn’t about getting high, but getting free. This requires embracing all of life, incorporating the darkness into the light. The human heart is the doorway to intuition and our actions must come from the blending of humanity and divinity. Until we fully accept our humanity, our intuition will lack harmony. When we embrace our uniqueness and accept responsibility for the creation of who we are, we begin to let go of the forms that keep us separate. If we can identify with our inner being then we can open to a much broader appreciation of the outer world in which we must live. We can learn to operate within our roles, without getting lost in them. Who we think we are disappears, and we find action in that previously confined energy.(Pacific Grove, CA - 8/7/1982)
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Ep 37 – “Stay True to Your Art”: How Max Temkin Raised $10 Million on Kickstarter with NO Paid Advertising, Rejecting “Marketing Tricks”, and Ignoring “Guru Advice” (Like Mine!) | Entrepreneur: Uncut
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“The smartest thing we did [making Secret Hitler] was reject old fashion, old media, old world advice of how to trick people into giving you their money” – Max Temkin
If you are becoming frustrated, depressed, and disillusioned learning about how to raise money to fund your project, then then this podcast will inspire you.
Max Temkin has directly raised, or advised in a number of projects that have raised over $10 million total on Kickstarter.
You MAY have heard of them…
In December, 2015, Max raised $1,479,046 for “Secret Hitler”, a social deduction table game based in pre World War 2 Germany. Players, representing either liberal or fascist German politicians, have to help or hinder the beautifully illustrated Junta-Komodo-Dragon-Adolf-Hitler from being elected Chancellor and starting World War 2. His goal was $54,450 and he raised over $100,000 in the first 24 hours.
But that is not where he started.
His first project was Cards Against Humanity, one of the first games in the early days of Kickstarter, raised “only” $15,540 but since exploded and has been #1 Best Seller on Amazon for Toys and Games for as long as we can remember.
(…and is a staple at every games night I host with friends!)
In fact, Cards Against Humanity, as of publishing, occupies 3 – WOW! – of the top 20 spots on the Amazon.com Best Seller List including the TOP 2, besting classics like Jenga and Connect 4.
Max also helped advise his friends who made the Most Backed Game in Kickstarter history, Exploding Kittens, which raised $8,782,571.
Max understands Kickstarter, the Kickstarter Community, and his audience, probably better than anyone on the planet.
But Max is not a “marketer”. He hates “gimmicks” and “tricks” and “gurus who don’t know what they are talking about”.
Max is an Artist.
If you are feeling jaded by the Kickstarter Marketing World, and think that in order to fund your project you need to sacrifice your vision, then listen now. It will be the best 38 minutes of your day, guaranteed!
You will discover
The number #1 Trend in Kickstarter Today
Why Max still has the “fear to launch” and it never goes away, even after millions of dollars raised
Why it is important to ignore the temptation to look for “tricks” and “gimmicks” to hit your goal and “focus on the art”
Why no one knows really knows what the future of your project, or any project, holds
What it means to “front load” your project, and why it is absolutely critical to the success of your project (…and also when it isn’t!)
Why “failing a project is a gift”…and how to embrace failure so “you are not on the hook to build something nobody wants”
Why you should never take the money if you don’t reach your funding goal on Indiegogo
Why you should “Show don’t tell” to sell your project
The importance of “user testing” and “iteration” to produce the best product possible before you launch your campaign (Max took a year and over a hundred iterations to get Secret Hitler just right
The importance of knowing your market better than they know themselves
The difference between “a good project and a good life”
Why your story is so important and why you need to be crystal clear communicating what it is about
Your page should clearly explain why a backer should not fund your project
How crushing his funding goal on Cards Against Humanity set the project delivery back
Famous last words:
“Finally, I am not the funniest guy in the room”
Connect with Max on TwitterCheck out his website at Maxistentialism.com
Secret Hitler Website
Secret Hitler Kickstarter Campaign
Secret Hitler on Forbes
Cards Against Humanity
Cards Against Humanity Website
Cards Against Humanity Kickstarter Page
Cards Against Humanity Review
Kickstarter CASE STUDY: Cards Against Humanity
Buy Cards Against Humanity on Amazon
Max’s Other Projects
Humans vs Zombies – Help develop the software that powers games of Humans vs. Zombies at over 350 locations and universities all over the world.
Philosophy Posters – Ten giant philosophy posters with big ideas presented simply.
Wearwolf – A simple game about deceiving your friends.
Maxistentialism Zine – A monthly zine about philosophy, design, humor, and social insects, delivered to your door for one year.
Spelunky Dance – An interpretive dance for Andy Baio.
Exploding Kittens Website
Exploding Kittens Kickstarter Page
Exploding Kittens on Forbes
Buy Exploding Kittens on Amazon
CONNECT WITH KHIERSTYN: K(at)crowdfundinguncut(dot)com
Special guest Nick Kokonas of three Michelin star restaurant Alinea discusses running a kitchen, the production problems behind Top Chef, and being broth blocked.
Download MP3 Audio [40.7 MB]Episode Notes and LinksNotesSpecial guest Yoel Inbar (author of Hitchcock’s Women: From Margaret Sullivan to Tippi Hedren) joins us to talk about Hitchcock’s long take masterpiece/gimmick Rope. Based loosely on the case of Leopold and Loeb, Rope tells the story of two young men who have read Nietzsche and decide to murder a schoolmate in order to cement their Übermensch status. Did they read Nietzsche correctly? Is conventional morality nothing but a construct to keep the inferior masses in line? Are professors accountable for what they teach? (Please God, no.) Plus, we delve deeper into Julie and Mark’s motivation, and Yoel plays a round of “Does the government deem this trademark scandalous?” LinksYoel Inbar [yoelinbar.net]Very Bad Wizards Episode 22: An Enquiry Concerning Slurs and Offensiveness [verybadwizards.com]Rope [IMDB.com]Leopold and Loeb [wikipedia.org]Leopold and Loeb’s Criminal Minds (Smithsonian Magazine)The Leopold and Loeb Trial Page (UMKC Law)Paul Gauguin [wikipedia.org]The Moon and Sixpence by W. Somerset Maugham [wikipedia.org]Nietzsche’s Moral and Political Philosophy [plato.stanford.edu]Damasio, A. "Remembering When," Scientific American, 2002. [antonellapavese.com]What’s the matter with a little brother sister action? by Tamler Sommers [psychologytoday.com]
TOPIC: Consistency, Change, and Counting-Down
TOPIC: Resolving to skip the New Year’s resolutions.
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