​Celebration in Memory of Ram Dass at the Rio Theatre Santa Cruz



​Benefit Screening of “Becoming Nobody”​

​February 15, 2020

7:00 PM​

Ram Dass, who left his body on December 22, 2019, led a multifaceted life. Whether as Richard Alpert, the eminent Harvard psychologist, or as Ram Dass, ​he serve​d as a bridge between Eastern and Western philosophies, ​defining a generation of inner explorers and seekers of truth, love and wisdom. He was a shining light for thousands of people, and left an indelible imprint on the fabric of spirituality in the West. He helped to share the simple, profound insights of spirituality with humor and a lightness of touch. 

  “Becoming Nobody” Is a quintessential portal to Ram Dass’ life and teachings. 

This benefit screening is a fundraiser for the completion and continuation of Ram Dass’ dream, the Sri Neem Karoli Baba Ashram Hanuman Temple in Taos, New Mexico. In “Becoming Nobody”, historic clips balance and engaging conversation with director Jamie Catto. We come to understand how our old roles and disguises become increasingly burdensome. The film captures a loving man full of joy, wit, honesty and wisdom, at ease in conversation while sharing his considerable pains and pleasures. ​


All longtime associates and friends of Ram Dass for decades, the evening special guests include Larry Brilliant, author of “Sometimes Brilliant: The Impossible Adventure of a Spiritual Seeker and Visionary Physician Who Helped Conquer the Worst Disease in History”; Mirabai Starr, author of “Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Wisdom of the Women Mystics”; Girija Brilliant, MPH, Ph.D. is co-founder of the Seva Foundation and a lifelong friend of Ram Dass; and Hanuman Das, Vice President of the Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Hanuman Temple in Taos New Mexico. The evening will also include sound healing with Suil and kirtan with Kripa. 


Show time: 7:00 PM, doors, 6:00 PM

Tickets: $25.00

Advance tickets: www.tickets.vendini.com 
Event website: www.nkbashram.org


​Additional Information​

The Neem Karoli Baba Ashram and Hanuman Temple was founded after the Hanuman murti (sacred statue of the hindu God Hanuman) Ram Dass commissioned in India arrived in the Taos mountains. All are welcome. The ashram is open daily for prayer, chanting, prasad (consecrated food), seva (selfless service) and satsang (community). The ashram is a place to practice and live Sri Neem Karoli Baba’s (affectionately known as Maharaj-ji) teachings of love everyone, serve everyone, remember God, tell the truth, and feed people. www.nkbashram.org


New Year’s Chalisas for Ram Dass

We will be singing 108 Hanuman Chalisas for Ram Dass on New Year’s Eve. We begin at 12 noon on Tuesday, 12/31. We will finish at midnight with Aarti.

Our beloved Ram Dass left his body peacefully on 12/22/19 at age 88.

We are so grateful to Baba Ram Dass for bringing Hanuman over the ocean so He could make His home at Neem Karoli Baba’s ashram in Taos and for spreading Maharaj-ji’s teachings to “Love all, Serve all, Remember Ram, and Tell the Truth.”

(Details on the official memorial will come in the weeks to follow.)



Ashram’s Holiday Schedule

The ashram’s holiday schedule is below,

we hope to see you there!🎄

Homeless Memorial Service at Taos Plaza:

Saturday the 21st

At 4:00 PM Ram-ji will offer a few words and the ashram will be providing chai and prasad at reception afterwards.

Christmas Eve: Tuesday the 24th

Dinner at 6:00 PM followed by Aarti and Kirtan until 9:30 PM. If you’d like to help cook, please let us know. Prep starts at 1:00 PM. 

Christmas Day: Wednesday the 25th

Dinner will be served at 3:00 PM. If you’d like to help prepare dinner or a sweet, please let us know. Dinner prep will start at 9:00 AM.

Prasad Lunch in Honor of Sri Pujaniya Siddhi Ma:

Saturday the 28th 

We will chant 11 chalisas starting at 11:00 AM which will be followed by lunch prasad (additionally, anyone who would like to chant in Ma’s honor starting at 8:00 AM is welcome to). 

Peace Chanukah at St. James Church:

Sunday the 29th

5:30 – 7:00 PM Jeff will be saying a few words on behalf of the ashram.

New Year’s Eve: Tuesday the 31st

We will be singing 108 Hanuman Chalisas for Ram Dass on New Year’s Eve. We begin at 12 noon on Tuesday, 12/31. We will finish at midnight with Aarti. Note: this isn’t the official memorial for Ram Dass, details on this will be shared in a few weeks.


Dinner will be at 6:00 PM followed by Aarti and sweets until midnight Aarti.

Jai Gurudev! Jai Hanuman!

Jai Shri Ram! 

Seva Sign-ups for Opening and Guru Purnima

Ram Ram,

Given the size and scope of the upcoming Opening Ceremony and Guru Purnima festival (July 13th-17th), we’re using a new seva sign-up system that will allow people to select when and how they would like to volunteer during the event.

To see available seva projects, both before and during the event, and to select times you’d like to help, visit the sign-up tool here.