{Ram Dass/Alan Watts Week 3} Koshin Paley Ellison Monday Dharma Talk Follow Up

What were your favorite takeaways from last night’s dharma talk Q&A with Koshin Paley Ellison and Ganga Devi?

I felt that Koshin’s wisdom was very complimentary to both Ram Dass and Alan’s teachings on using our daily life to find freedom and awareness, rather than having to do anything particularly special…

It was wonderful to share space with you all last night, and I’m truly looking forward to next week with Trudy!

I wanted to share a bit about the poets that Koshin and I both rather spontaneously shared last night, poets that come to mind for many of us when humanity is experiencing some of its darkest, most painful moments:

Instead of a Preface by Anna Akhmatova

Everything is Plundered by Anna Akhmatova

Love by Czeslaw Miłosz

Some thoughts about these poets-

They lived through some of the darkest periods of the 20th century— Anna Akhmatova enduring the stifling atmosphere of Stalinist Russia and the purges that took away her loved ones, and Czeslaw Miłosz surviving the horrors of World War II and the oppressive Cold War in Poland—both poets still managed to find glimmers of love and beauty amidst the gloom.

For Akhmatova, who faced personal loss and widespread political repression, love became a defiant act. It was as if each expression of emotional connection was a stand against the dehumanizing machinery of the state. Her love, fragile yet unyielding, served as both solace and sorrow—a complex tapestry woven against a backdrop of societal despair.

Miłosz, on the other hand, bore witness to the atrocities of war and the suffocating grip of totalitarianism. Yet, even here, he located beauty in nature, in memories, or in the intellectual pursuit itself. For him, love and beauty weren’t just fleeting moments of escape but essential elements that nourished the resilience of the human spirit.

Despite the harsh realities that framed their lives, both Akhmatova and Miłosz found ways to evoke love and beauty in their work. I feel that their work is an affirmation of humanity’s capacity to find light in darkness. Their poetry serves as a testament to the indomitable human spirit—anchored in their unflinching capacity to bear profound suffering, yet reaching towards the profound and universally wisdom.


“For you are only one thing among many” <3 beautiful!


Koshin was incredible and I feel lucky to have been able to participate in this event. His presence and just ability to be there with us and “see” us really spoke to me.

Like the part where he said he was looking at us, seeing us even if we didn’t know which Zoom square he was looking at, that really spoke to me.

Is there any particular website or org we can find more about him?


Beautiful. Thank you for sharing these amazing lights and their work while going through such dark times. The power of human love and strength is inspiring and very necessary in the midst of current day world strife.

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