The Arc of Life: Huston Smith & Ken Dychtwald on Life, Death and Beyond -- Huston Smith is best known for his scholarship on the world's religions, being the father of inter-religious studies in America. But on December 27, 2009, Ken Dychtwald, noted author, psychologist, gerontologist, and visionary thinker on the subject of the Age Wave that is upon us, interviewed Smith with the objective of getting not his academic view, but rather his personal view, of the aging process. Dychtwald brought out the warmth, depth, common sense, and wonderful humor of Huston Smith, shedding further light on Smith's perspective from the age of ninety about age and the approach of death. Smith has been a pioneer and role model in the fields of religion and philosophy for the Baby Boomer generation. He now serves as an enviable model for aging.
Renowned world religions scholar Huston Smith (The Religions of Man) travels to Tibet in Requiem for a Faith to provide moving commentary that accompanies filmmaker Elda Hartley's remarkable images of this profoundly mystical culture. Hartley preserves the images of spirituality - the fluttering prayer flags, the lavishly colorful artwork and dance, the monks engaged in lively debate. Smith's meditation offers a comprehensive overview of the Tibetan belief system.
In this series of conversations with renowned journalist Bill Moyers, Huston Smith provides thoughtful insights into the world's largest religions--Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam.
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Harvard professors Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary made countercultural history in 1963 when they were fired for conducting controversial psychedelic drug research. In the purple haze aftermath, Alpert journeyed to India and found his guru Maharaj Ji, who renamed him Ram Dass ("Servant of God"). Best known for his 1971 bestseller "Be Here Now," which was a spiritual touchstone of the era, Ram Dass became an inspiration to people across the globe. Filmmaker Mickey Lemle—who has known his subject for more than twenty-five years—intersperses vivid archival footage from hippiedom's glory days with intimate glimpses of Ram Dass today, as he continues to remake his life since being—in his words—"stroked" in 1997.
Once a symbol of '60s counterculture and psychedelic drug use, Ram Dass has since become a renowned speaker and author on the topics of aging, spirituality, and overcoming the mistakes of the past.
Spiritual guru Ram Dass attempts to recover from a stroke, which he dubs "fierce grace," in this documentary produced and directed his close friend.
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