Radiantly You! Session 57
{The Radiance Sutras with Lorin Roche}

Air Date: 09/19/2018 – 8am Pacific Time
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Show Summary:

Meditation teacher and author Lorin Roche, PhD, shares his spiritual journey, how he’s been working with the luminous Vijnana Bhairava Tantra for over 40 years, and how his bestselling book, The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight, can transform your meditation into a beautiful practice. I have to agree with yogic meditation teacher and scholar Richard Miller, who says if he was stranded on a desert island, The Radiance Sutras would be the one book he’d want to have with him!

 

Show Notes:

Have you ever wished meditating was easier? And have you thought to yourself, “if only there was a beautiful guide…” My guest today, Lorin Roche, PhD – who has been called the friendliest meditation teacher in America – has created just such a guide. His book, The Radiance Sutras: 112 Gateways to the Yoga of Wonder and Delight, is based on one of the earliest known teachings on yoga and meditation – the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra. He says it’s a “zesty, life-affirming approach to meditation.”

Lorin shares how he fell in love with this ancient tantra – which is a manual of practices and meditation instructions set up as a conversation between lovers – and how he created a version of it that he calls The Radiance Sutras. You’ll hear how these sutras provide a gateway for us to enter into the vibrant essence of the world with the dual balance of passion and detachment.

One of my favorite parts of the book is Sutra 16 – The Pranava. Lorin tells us that, “Pranava says the universe is an expanding shout of joy. A jam session is reverberating throughout creation. Tune in. Feel it  humming in your body. Hear it in the sounds of nature all around you. Listen to the deep blissful currents of life evolving itself. This is just a small part of the meaning of the mantra, Om.”

 

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About Lorin Roche, PhD:

Now 65, Lorin has been meditating since age 18, when he signed up to be part of a research project on the physiology of meditation. He was a control subject, and received no instructions whatsoever – they paid him to just sit in a totally dark, soundproofed room in the lab for two hours a day for several weeks, and measure his brain waves. With no instructions, and never having heard of meditation, Lorin just attended to the total silence and darkness, and spontaneously entered entered a state of intense alertness

A few months later, someone handed him a little book describing 112 meditation practices. When he looked at the first page of the book, Lorin felt a huge flash of light and delight as he realized that he had experienced some of these meditations while sitting in the lab. This experience made it clear that meditation is a spontaneous and natural human experience, and that there are many doorways into meditation. The book contained the first English translation of the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra, an ancient yoga text.

After the experiment was over, the researchers began asking Lorin to teach simple meditation practices as part of the scientific studies. Then students at the university asked him to share the techniques he was exploring, and this led to teaching meditation in academic classes. Thus it was that with no training whatsoever, Lorin wound up teaching meditation. This was 1968, at the newest University of California campus, so Lorin could get away with a lot. 

One thing led to another, and soon Lorin was running his own Experimental College, which went by the name, Esalen at Irvine: Experiential Workshops. He invited teachers from Esalen to come to Irvine and offer workshops in meditation, yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Structural Integration Movement Awareness, Art Meditation, and Gestalt Body Awareness. Each of the Esalen teachers taught Lorin an important component of what later became his own approach to meditation, which combines body awareness, movement, spontaneous gestures or mudra, mantras, visualizations, and above all, individuality. 

 

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