SANBORNTON — The Sanbornton Congregational Church – UCC in partnership with the Sanbornton Town Library is sponsoring a Film Series held on the first Wednesday of every month at the library. Show time is 6:30-8:30p.m. on the second floor of the library. The ninth film, to be shown on October 2, will be "Ram Dass: Fierce Grace" (2001) 93 minutes.
"Harvard professors Richard Alpert and Timothy Leary made countercultural history in 1963 when they were dismissed from that institution for conducting controversial research. In 1967 Alpert journeyed to India with spiritual seeker Bhagavan Das and there found his guru Maharaj ji, who renamed him Ram Dass ("Servant of God").
Upon his return in 1969 Ram Dass spent some time on his father's summer home in Franklin. Many of his spiritual followers came to be with him there.
Best known for his 1971 bestseller Be Here Now, which was a spiritual touchstone of the era, Ram Dass became an inspiration to people across the globe. The film intersperses vivid archival footage from hippiedom's glory days with intimate glimpses of Ram Dass today, as he continues to remake his life since having a stroke in 1997.
October is the fiftieth anniversary (1963) of the founding of the Sant Bani Ashram in Sanbornton. The two groups, while separate, certainly shared many ideals and values and not a few seekers were referred to the Ashram by Ram Dass. All who lived during those tumultuous and life-changing times are invited to share their memories and reflections during a discussion following the film.