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Ram Dass is a widely admired American spiritual teacher who suffered a disabling stroke some years ago and wrote about the experience in "Fierce Grace." Rachel Naomi Remen, MD, is Founder and Director of the Institute for the Study of Health and Illness at Commonweal and Clinical Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) School of Medicine. Now living on Maui, Ram Dass talked with Rachel Naomi Remen and Michael Lerner about what his stroke taught him, and how he now works with others around issues of healing, aging and dying.
Some highlights from this talk:
"Compassion is when you're one with the person... then their suffering becomes our suffering and my suffering becomes our suffering... and then we are both souls dealing with the consciousness of the incarnation."
"The heart is where the oneness is."
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