Mindrolling: Politics and Spirituality
Mindrolling, the podcast, is about coming unstuck. It’s about the recent history of awakened awareness. It is about the intersection of culture and consciousness and realization.
For David Silver and Raghu Markus, Mindrolling is a rock and rolling conversation remembering the sixties, digesting the seventies, paralleling then and now, right now, in the growing teens of the 21st century. Their anecdotes and talks with a range of other talkers eschew dogma by heavily emphasizing direct experience. This podcast “rolls” the frantic monkey mind, mugs the complacent mental head.
The moving power of music is one of the main topics of the show, transformation is the common denominator. Current alive-on-Earth bardo reality, actual things-we’ve-experienced, is the core of Mindrolling, some of which is enlightening, some of which was intensely frightening – what turns up here is a Mindroll of the karmic and cosmic dice, but the podcast dares to promise honesty and some comedy.
This is not a Buddhist podcast, though it must be added that it is also not a not Buddhist podcast. However, it happens that the Mindrolling (min drolin) Nyingma lineage of Dzogchen Buddhist practice is the most ancient and perhaps purest of the profound Dharma of Vajrayana Buddhism. In that tradition, Mindrolling is the home of “the garden of ripening and liberation.”
In this episode, "Politics and Spirituality," recorded especially for Reality Sandwich: Activism without anger, resistance without rancor. It's hard to reach detachment when the political world is making you crazy. What to do? The podcast includes a talk by Ram Dass from 1979 and David's recounting of his encounter with Richard Nixon.
The pictured image is Vajravarahi, a deity energy perceived to transmute the Five Negative Afflictions.
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David Silver has been a media innovator and consciousness explorer since the sixties. He worked extensively with icons from Bob Marley to Bruce Springsteen to Krishna Das and Ram Dass. David wrote the Billboard #1 MGM/UA feature documentary, “The Compleat Beatles,” the biopic movie of choice about history’s most famous band. He produced the acclaimed Tim Leary documentary, "Beyond Life," and co-directed the Warner Brothers seminal music/activism feature “No Nukes."
Raghu Markus has been involved in music and transformational media since the early 1970s when he was program director of CKGM-FM in Montreal. He was co-founder of the vanguard World Music label, Triloka Records, releasing CD's from Krishna Das and Jai Uttal and many others. He is currently the Executive Director of the Love Serve Remember Foundation where he has put Ram Dass together with Oprah Winfrey, Eckhart Tolle, Roshi Joan Halifax and Deepak Chopra.