Suzanne Segal: Bus stop enlightenmnent

Suzanne Segal is, like John Wren-Lewis, a case of enlightenment outside suzanne segalof any tradition. Several years after leaving the Transcendental Meditation movement, she was standing at a bus stop in Paris, when she was catapulted into the position of a “witness” to her mind and body. After some months, this “witness” disappeared: Continue reading “Suzanne Segal: Bus stop enlightenmnent”

U.G. Krishnamurti: The negating guru

u.g. krishnamurtiU. G. Krishnamurti and the phrase “lobbing grenades” go hand in hand. He made a name for himself by bashing spiritual traditions, teachers, and seekers. He had his reasons though:
Q: You seem bent upon demolishing everything other teachers have taught….
U.G.: My interest is not to knock off what others have said (that is too easy), but to knock off what I am saying. Continue reading “U.G. Krishnamurti: The negating guru”

Alfred Pulyan: The transmission of Zen

I have little information on Alfred Pulyan of South Kent, Connecticut. While I suspect he was a valid teacher, the only record of his teaching I know of is a series of letters between him and Richard Rose. In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, Pulyan endeavored to teach students through the mail. Teach is the wrong word, really. He tried to lead them to an awakening by confronting the student’s ego. He specifically said it was not a mechanical system and his letters only helped the person for whom they were written. Continue reading “Alfred Pulyan: The transmission of Zen”

Bentinho Massaro: A spiritual rock star

Could it be that Bentinho Massaro is actually Matt Damon? That sneaking suspicion arose when I saw him in Berkeley in May 2012, and now… well, see for yourself in the photos! Don’t let his 20-something looks and Dutch accent fool you — Damon is a masterful actor.

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Okay, I’m kidding, but I did see Bentinho bentinho massaroMassaro in Berkeley and left with this impression: he is not ready for prime-time. Continue reading “Bentinho Massaro: A spiritual rock star”

Swami Premodaya: Don’t read this

Occasionally, I run across something so distasteful to me that I feel swami premodayacompelled to mention it. Swami Premodaya would be such a something. Like his full name (Bodhisattva Shree Swami Premodaya), I found his website pretentious and primarily concerned with portraying what an amazing and accomplished individual he is. The site even proclaimed Premodaya had, “Lived and worked in 6 different states, including America’s 3 largest cities; bought and sold 2 homes”! Continue reading “Swami Premodaya: Don’t read this”