“I don’t tell you to pursue knowledge. I tell you to do things that will provoke your mind to think.”
Richard Rose was one of the most unique spiritual teachers of our time; considered by many a home-grown Zen master. Unencumbered by pomp, pretense, or pseudo-logic, he spoke directly to the hearts and minds of his listeners, mixing penetrating insight with an all-encompassing humor that often stunned his audience, while simultaneously altering their view of the world. Many people came away from his talks with the distinct impression that, somehow, he was directly addressing their personal problems and inner states.
This dynamic glimpse into the teaching style of Richard Rose follows a group of university students visiting the Rose farm and former TAT retreat center in West Virginia. The 232 minutes of video contains sequences from university lectures and informal discussions interspersed with impressions of first-time visitors and reminiscences of long-time students.
Note: The video was originally filmed in 1991 on VHS tapes, so the resulting video is not up to today’s standards.