'DYING TO KNOW' FILM SCREENING AND DISCUSSION
About the event
Dying to Know: Ram Dass & Timothy Leary is an intimate portrait
celebrating two very complex, controversial characters in an epic
friendship that shaped a generation.
In the early 1960's, Harvard Psychology Professors Timothy Leary
and Richard Alpert began probing the edges of consciousness thro
ugh their experiments with psychedelics. Dr. Leary became the LSD guru,
challenging convention, questioning authority, and spawned a global
counter culture movement, landing in prison after Nixon called
him, "the most dangerous man in America." Dr. Alpert journeyed to India
becoming Ram Dass, a spiritual teacher for an entire generation who
still continues his teaching of service through compassion. With footage spanning 80 years the film invites us to ponder questions about life, drugs, consciousness and the biggest mystery in the human landscape: death.
In 1995 after years of estrangement Leary found out that he was dying of cancer. The first person he called was Ram Dass. In the 60s they had collaborated on a book entitled, ‘The Psychedelic Experience‘ which was based on The Tibetan Book of The Dead and explored the similarities of the psychedelic experience and the dying process. Each holding a remarkably different point of view about death they share their thoughts/perspectives and rekindle the love they have always felt for one another. In this provocative film the viewer is a fly on the wall, observing an intimate conversation between Leary and Ram Dass just a few months before Leary’s death. It is a genuine exploration and an emotional respectful goodbye between two life long companions.
All Sales Final
Zach is the host of the “It’s All Happening” podcast – he’s also a blogger/writer, a futurist, spiritualist, connected technology consultant and socio-cultural theorist.
Zach’s roles as a spiritual aspirant comes in the form of being a practitioner of bhakti yoga as taught through many of the vedantic systems of Northern India. Through the practice of bhakti yoga he has found keys that unlock doorways that allow the soul to experience it’s true nature of being eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. In addition to bhakti yoga, Zach has been influenced by many different methods and traditions of consciousness exploration ranging from trans-humanism to buddhism and clinical psychology.
Zach is also a frequent pundit on the political systems that are fueling societies economic systems and structures. At the core of all of Zach’s work is the belief that we have been fused together by the adoption and collective practice of using technology, spirituality and mysticism to define the very nature of who we are.