The Genesis of Now
An Interview with Richard M. Doyle

December 6, 2019

Interview by
Joanna Harcourt-Smith

In this week’s episode Richard Doyle speaks with Joanna about: a life-changing meeting with ayahuasca and ayahuasquera Norma Panduro; transcendental experiences in the classroom; the hijacking of nondual experience by institutionalized religion; detoxifying the patriarchal missapropriation of the Bible; a journey to discover our essential unity with the Divine; reading a text with complicity like a weaving and a dancing; “looking within and find your inner banana peel”; remembering our radical intimacy with each other; the joyful work of claiming our freedom.

Richard M. Doyle: “By trade, habit and labor of love, I am a teacher and a writer keen to enable others to find truth and heal on their own. I have been formally “at it” since 1987, when I began teaching as a graduate student at UC Berkeley. I think I can say definitely that I was a hot mess, and that I had no idea what I was doing. That experience of “not knowing” was precious, and I have been cultivating it for 30 years through diverse and sundry offerings at UC Berkeley, Duquesne University, free online teaching, and Penn State. My moniker at PSU is Edwin Erle Sparks Professor in the College of Liberal Arts. It sounds bad ass. I have a very nice office at Penn State with a view of some beautiful trees. In the classroom I let go into truth and unusual things happen. Lovely, kind and very intelligent people continue to show up and grow, learn and transform, so I keep showing up, too. There have been courses on aliens, Philip K. Dick, nanotechnology, rebellion itself, ecstasy, Sanskrit rethorical traditions, Burroughs, basic argumentation, The Non Dual Bible, and everything in between, if there is indeed anything between but the unchanging itself. That is one of the unusual things that seems to happen: The widespread emergence of an unchanging betweenness.” He is the author of “On Beyond Living”, “Wetwares: Experiments in Post Vital Living”, “Darwin’s Pharmacy: Sex, Plants and the Evolution of the Noosphere” and “Into the Stillness: Dialogues on Awakening Beyond Thought” (co-authored with Gary Weber). His newest book is “The Genesis of Now: Self Experiments with the Bible & the End of Religion”.


“I Can’t Sit Still”, original music by Evarusnik

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