Ram Dass

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Ram Dass on the right.

Dr. Richard Alpert (born April 6, 1931), also known as Baba Ram Dass, is a spiritual teacher. He is the writer of Be Here Now, the bestseller book of 1971.

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.