Spiritual leader, clinical physiologist and author Ram Dass, born Richard Alpert, has died at aged 88. The guru’s death was announced on his official Instagram account:
With tender hearts we share that Ram Dass (born Richard Alpert) died peacefully at home in Maui on December 22, 2019 surrounded by loved ones.
He was a guide for thousands seeking to discover or reclaim their spiritual identity beyond or within institutional religion.
Memorial services will be announced shortly. In the meantime, if anyone would like to share their reflections on Ram Dass, please email
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From the New York Times:
Having returned from India as a bushy-bearded, barefoot, white-robed guru, Ram Dass, who was born Richard Alpert, became a peripatetic lecturer on New Age possibilities and a popular author of more than a dozen inspirational books.
The first of his books, “Be Here Now” (1971), sold more than two million copies and established him as an exuberant exponent of finding salvation through helping others.
The full piece is here.