Ram Dass

American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now
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Dr. Richard Alpert (April 6, 1931December 22, 2019), also known as Baba Ram Dass, was a spiritual teacher. He was the writer of Be Here Now, the bestseller book of 1971.

Ram Dass on the right.

In the 1960s, professors Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner and Richard Alpert collaborated on a book titled The Psychedelic Experience, which adapted portions of the Tibetan Book of the Dead as a guide for use in LSD experiences. They hoped to give users of LSD a simulation of death and rebirth, to "liberate" them from past problems or mistakes in their lives.

Dass died on December 22, 2019 in Maui, Hawaii at the age of 88.[1]