How Then Shall We Live? (Audio & Video Download)
How Then Shall We Live? (Audio & Video Download)
How Then Shall We Live? (Audio & Video Download)
How Then Shall We Live? (Audio & Video Download)
How Then Shall We Live? (Audio & Video Download)

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How Then Shall We Live? (Audio & Video Download)

Produced and directed originally as a PBS television series by Joseph Tieger and Johanna Luther, How Then Shall We Live? presents the issue of death and loss on both personal and global levels. And yet it deals more with life than death. It has been designed to help us to begin or continue the process of becoming aware of our thoughts and feelings while entering fully into the moment-to-moment experiences of our lives.

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The series also asks us to begin to make the connections between our personal lives and the broader global community in which we live. Ram Dass and Stephen Levine investigate the process of cultivating higher consciousness within the context of daily life in this four part program from 1986-1988 . This series still stands as the only extended television presentation of Ram Dass & Stephen's most profound teachings.

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  • How do you use the moment-to-moment experiences of your life as a vehicle for awakening?
  • How do you partake in social action without creating divisiveness and negativity around the situation?
  • How do you get over your denial of death and embrace the impermanence of your life?

Session 1 Awakening to Life Through Truthful Relationships | Ram Dass 

"One dies as one lives...Once that starts to fall into place, then the question is how you use the moment-to-moment experiences of your life as a vehicle for awakening."

We don't necessarily need to drastically change our lives to cultivate a higher consciousness. It can be developed within the context of everyday life. Personal relationships can provide one such vehicle. Through the process of Ram Dass' meditation, healing meditation and relationship yoga we can get to the point where we simultaneously experience the reality that we are separate beings and the reality that we are one. We are locked into separateness when we see others in terms of our own needs and desires. When we see our own divinity, we can see the divinity in others and then can experience union through our relationships. 

 Session 2 Opening to Grief: The Threshold Task | Stephen Levine

"What we've come together to do, all of us, is to confront death so profoundly that we take it within us, and therefore can go beyond it. As long as we're postponing death, we're postponing life."

We all want to avoid pain -- but sometimes pain won't go away and then we must learn how to face it. By suppressing the pain of our own unexamined and unacknowledged "negative" impulses and desires, we do not make it go away. It inevitably finds expression in our actions, causing pain to ourselves and others. 

Most of us live in a fantasy world free of death, as if magically protected from loss, from change. But impermanence is the very nature of existence. Death inevitably intrudes upon this fantasy. Grief does not banish death, it enables us to live within the reality of impermanence. Grief ultimately arises from clinging to seeming permanence in an impermanent universe. Opening to our grief frees us to appreciate life moment-to-moment, without clinging and without dread of that loss which is inevitable.

Session 3 Finding A Path To An Open Heart | Ram Dass

"There is a way of shifting consciousness so that you see that...we are all one in the form of many...You see that a starving person or a dying person or a frightened person is you. Then the whole trip of 'What's good for me? What do I want? What do I need?' just becomes less interesting. And that's where the power is that changes the universe."

Cultivating awareness can be a daily life-practice. Consciousness-expanding practices can be integrated into the most conventional life: healing meditation, mantra and song, the reading of books of wisdom, devotional practices which take you out of your everyday ego-centered consciousness, and exercises through which you become aware of your attachments as they arise in the midst of everyday activities.

Session 4 From Tragedy To Grace | Stephen Levine

"The stages of dying are really just states of mind that occur during the process of letting go, of acknowledging loss... It has a lot to do with ego death, the death of those things that block the heart."

Loss is an inevitable part of life and it arises when attachment to pleasure and aversion to pain meet the processes of an impermanent universe -- loss of youth, loss of relationships, loss of possessions, loss of our own life. 

When we see that there is no way out and that we must overcome our denial of impermanence, we see that we must start to look within ourselves and explore how we relate to loss. With awareness we can identify with the whole of which we are a part -- and in this reality we can see ourselves as part of creation in the constant process of becoming. With this awareness comes true acceptance and within this acceptance we get off the wheel of ego-centric mindstates, we convert our experience of loss -- or of dying -- from one of tragedy to one of grace.

Session 5  Social Action and the Compassionate Heart | Ram Dass

"We don't need to wait until we are enlightened before we act in the world, and we don't need to withdraw from the world to become enlightened. Conscious social action can be our own work on ourselves that becomes the vehicle for our awakening."

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  1. Awakening to Life Through Truthful Relationships | Ram Dass (52:32)
  2. Opening to Grief | Stephen Levine (48:13)
  3. Finding a Path to an Open Heart | Ram Dass (53:26)
  4. From Tragedy to Grace | Stephen Levine (41:24)
  5. Social Action and the Compassionate Heart | Ram Dass, Joseph Tieger, Johanna Luther (52:41)

This is a digital .mp3 and .mp4 audio/video download.
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This is NOT a physical product that you will receive in the mail.
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  • Running Time: 245 Minutes
  • Format: Digital Download .mp4 Video
  • Published: 1987 Original Face Video
  • © 2017 Love Serve Remember Foundation

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Content Description

This is a digital .mp3 and .mp4 audio/video download.
You will receive a .zip file too.
This is NOT a physical product that you will receive in the mail.
You will receive an email containing your download link and instructions.

  • How do you use the moment-to-moment experiences of your life as a vehicle for awakening?
  • How do you partake in social action without creating divisiveness and negativity around the situation?
  • How do you get over your denial of death and embrace the impermanence of your life?

Session 1 Awakening to Life Through Truthful Relationships | Ram Dass 

"One dies as one lives...Once that starts to fall into place, then the question is how you use the moment-to-moment experiences of your life as a vehicle for awakening."

We don't necessarily need to drastically change our lives to cultivate a higher consciousness. It can be developed within the context of everyday life. Personal relationships can provide one such vehicle. Through the process of Ram Dass' meditation, healing meditation and relationship yoga we can get to the point where we simultaneously experience the reality that we are separate beings and the reality that we are one. We are locked into separateness when we see others in terms of our own needs and desires. When we see our own divinity, we can see the divinity in others and then can experience union through our relationships. 

 Session 2 Opening to Grief: The Threshold Task | Stephen Levine

"What we've come together to do, all of us, is to confront death so profoundly that we take it within us, and therefore can go beyond it. As long as we're postponing death, we're postponing life."

We all want to avoid pain -- but sometimes pain won't go away and then we must learn how to face it. By suppressing the pain of our own unexamined and unacknowledged "negative" impulses and desires, we do not make it go away. It inevitably finds expression in our actions, causing pain to ourselves and others. 

Most of us live in a fantasy world free of death, as if magically protected from loss, from change. But impermanence is the very nature of existence. Death inevitably intrudes upon this fantasy. Grief does not banish death, it enables us to live within the reality of impermanence. Grief ultimately arises from clinging to seeming permanence in an impermanent universe. Opening to our grief frees us to appreciate life moment-to-moment, without clinging and without dread of that loss which is inevitable.

Session 3 Finding A Path To An Open Heart | Ram Dass

"There is a way of shifting consciousness so that you see that...we are all one in the form of many...You see that a starving person or a dying person or a frightened person is you. Then the whole trip of 'What's good for me? What do I want? What do I need?' just becomes less interesting. And that's where the power is that changes the universe."

Cultivating awareness can be a daily life-practice. Consciousness-expanding practices can be integrated into the most conventional life: healing meditation, mantra and song, the reading of books of wisdom, devotional practices which take you out of your everyday ego-centered consciousness, and exercises through which you become aware of your attachments as they arise in the midst of everyday activities.

Session 4 From Tragedy To Grace | Stephen Levine

"The stages of dying are really just states of mind that occur during the process of letting go, of acknowledging loss... It has a lot to do with ego death, the death of those things that block the heart."

Loss is an inevitable part of life and it arises when attachment to pleasure and aversion to pain meet the processes of an impermanent universe -- loss of youth, loss of relationships, loss of possessions, loss of our own life. 

When we see that there is no way out and that we must overcome our denial of impermanence, we see that we must start to look within ourselves and explore how we relate to loss. With awareness we can identify with the whole of which we are a part -- and in this reality we can see ourselves as part of creation in the constant process of becoming. With this awareness comes true acceptance and within this acceptance we get off the wheel of ego-centric mindstates, we convert our experience of loss -- or of dying -- from one of tragedy to one of grace.

Session 5  Social Action and the Compassionate Heart | Ram Dass

"We don't need to wait until we are enlightened before we act in the world, and we don't need to withdraw from the world to become enlightened. Conscious social action can be our own work on ourselves that becomes the vehicle for our awakening."

Track Listing

This is a digital .mp3 and .mp4 audio/video download.
You will receive a .zip file too.

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You will receive an email containing your download link and instructions.

  1. Awakening to Life Through Truthful Relationships | Ram Dass (52:32)
  2. Opening to Grief | Stephen Levine (48:13)
  3. Finding a Path to an Open Heart | Ram Dass (53:26)
  4. From Tragedy to Grace | Stephen Levine (41:24)
  5. Social Action and the Compassionate Heart | Ram Dass, Joseph Tieger, Johanna Luther (52:41)

Details

This is a digital .mp3 and .mp4 audio/video download.
You will receive a .zip file too.

This is NOT a physical product that you will receive in the mail.
You will receive an email containing your download link and instructions.

  • Running Time: 245 Minutes
  • Format: Digital Download .mp4 Video
  • Published: 1987 Original Face Video
  • © 2017 Love Serve Remember Foundation

Shipping Policy

Please allow 2-3 business days to prepare your order. We fulfill 3 times a week in our shop.

Shipping times will vary depending on the service you have chosen and does not include the time it takes to process your order.

We do not offer any express or next day service unless we have communicated directly and can confirm our availability to do this.

Donors can choose desired shipping service at checkout. We offer USPS, UPS for domestic mail and USPS, DHL for international mail.

International Orders

Please note that due to COVID-19 packages may be delayed up to 30 days. Double check with your postal and customs ministry to make sure it is accepting packages from other countries.

In addition to shipping, international orders may incur customs charges placed by the country of destination. It is a good idea to check with your customs ministry to find out about taxes and fees on imported goods before making a purchase.

Missing Mail

In the event that your package does not arrive within the expected estimated window of time we recommend following some preliminary steps:

  • Review your order confirmation and check for address errors
  • Review your tracking information to see if there are updates
  • Visit your local post office to see if they have additional information on the whereabouts of the package.
  • Email Us or fill out the form below and include the following.
    • Name
    • Order#
    • Information about your case.

Once we hear from you we will begin investigating the whereabouts of your missing package and get back to you.