If you could ask some of the world's brightest minds and biggest hearts any question... what would it be?
That very question is the essence of our newest adventure into the exploration of love and consciousness... The Jai Dev Show. In this semi-weekly podcast, I'll be talking to some of the most inspiring people I've met throughout my years of traveling and teaching around the world.
They are people who have concentrated their life-force. They have pointed the energy of their life into a single direction to create something beautiful and uplifting. They are the artists of life, creating and sharing the magic of their craft with their world.
I won't just be talking to yogis or spiritual teachers. I've interviewed musicians, entrepreneurs, healers, and artists of all kinds. These are the people I want to talk to, the conversations that I want to have with the people that truly inspire me. These conversations go deep into the essence of life and uncover the truths of being human that every single person can relate to.
Ep. 28 | Robert Thurman - The Life Adventures of Tenzin Bob
Robert Thurman, who we affectionately call Tenzin Bob, is simply a treasure. Time Magazine aptly described him as a "larger than life scholar-activist destined to convey the Dharma, the precious teachings of Shakyamuni Buddha, from Asia to America.”
Bob's life story is extraordinary and in this episode of the podcast, he takes us through many of its amazing stories. This two-hour episode is filled with gems of wisdom, hilarious moments, and the unique stream of wisdom that flows through him like a vital spring!
Bob is one of the world's leading scholars and translators of Tibetan Buddhism. In 1962 he was the first Westerner to be ordained by his Holiness the Dalai Lama. In 1997 Bob was named one of Time Magazine’s 25 Most Influential Americans. He co-founded Tibet House US with Tenzin Tethong, Richard Gere, and Philip Glass, a non-profit organization based in New York City and dedicated to the preservation and renaissance of Tibetan culture.
Inspired by his longtime good friend His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Bob takes us along with him into an expanded vision of the world through the prism of Tibetan Buddhism. He shares with us the sense of refuge in the Dharma, which unfailingly helps us clear away the shrouds of fear and confusion, sustains us with the cheerfulness of an enriched present, and opens a door to a path of realistic hope for a peaceful, kind, and wise future.
This special episode is sponsored by Envision 2021. A very special New Year's Virtual Retreat produced by Menla, and a benefit for Tibet House US. Featuring an incredible lineup of teachers and musicians, including Robert Thurman, Nena Thurman, Sharon Salzberg, Krishna Das, Jai Dev, Simrit, and many more!
Get more info and register here!
Visit Bob's Official Website Here
Ep. 27 | Wasfia Nazreen - Reaching Our Highest Summits
Wasfia Nazreen is a powerhouse. Her story is anything but ordinary, and life-accomplishments already the stuff of legends. I had such a great time chatting with Wasfia on this podcast and our two-hour conversation takes you on a journey through the peaks and valleys of her amazing life (which I sense is only getting started!).
Wasfia is a human-rights activist, educator, mountaineer, and so much more. As a visionary campaign to celebrate and uplift the women of her native country, Bangladesh, Wasfia became the first Bangladeshi, and first Bengali, to climb the Seven Summits - aka the highest mountains of every continent!
She is the ONLY woman to be named both a National Geographic Explorer & Adventurer.
Her passion has always been driven by causes close to her heart — all of which are grounded in a strong foundation of meditation and self-realization practices. She has been blessed to learn from and become close friends with some of the greatest spiritual teachers on the planet, including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, and His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.
Listen in on a fascinating life story, from childhood abandonment trauma that led not to despair but instead to a life built on fierce independence, drive, and loving compassion. Forging her own path far away from the arranged marriages and status quo for women in her country, Wasfia chose instead to look fear square in the eye, to fall asleep to the lullaby of avalanches, and to keep climbing. "That mountain gives you an excuse to give up every day," she says of Everest. Thankfully for us, she did no such thing.
Visit Wasfia's official website here and definitely watch the epic short documentary, 'Wasfia', produced by Apple, Inc. and presented by National Geographic.
Ep. 26 | Ashleigh Sergeant - Live at Envision Pt. 4
Here's what happens when two world-renowned yoga instructors get together to talk shop. Jai Dev chats with Ashleigh Sergeant in this final "Live from Envision Festival" episode. Ashleigh is the Director of Yoga & Movement at Envision, head of yoga content at Gaia.com and, and a yoga instructor who now calls Costa Rica home.
The conversation winds its way around the world of yoga, like a vine, getting into the cracks and crevices, finding openings for expansion as well as barriers to growth. There's the cacophony of nature, the simplicity of the profound, staying centered amidst chaos, narcissism, discipline, dogma, joy, and what we see when we point at the moon. It's just your average everyday jungle meditation on what it means to seek a teacher, to be a teacher, and to not need a teacher. It might be best if you just listen.
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Ep. 25 | Sarah Wu - Live at Envision Pt. 3
In the next installment of our "Live at Envision " series, meet one of the co-creators of the event, (and one of the most fun and interesting people I had the pleasure of spending time with that whole week), Sarah Wu.
If you were to call Sarah an herbalist you wouldn't be wrong. However, as you'll hear in this episode, it goes much deeper than that!
Even if you wouldn't consider yourself a plant-lover per se, listening to Sarah discuss her ever-evolving relationship with the plant world will at least have you looking at plant life through a new lens.
Defining herbalism as an art, science, craft and practice, Sarah brings plants into deep focus and encourages viewing the plants around you in ways you might not have considered. It's not only how you experience a plant, but how does a plant experience you? What kind of dialogue takes place and what kind of symbiotic relationship is forged between humans and plants? This podcast is perfect for the "herb nerds" out there, and for anyone else who wants in on the, "What's your favorite herb?" conversation. Enjoy the episode!
Check out the month long Permaculture Design Certification training Sarah and her colleagues are doing this June! They are now accepting applications to enroll: https://www.atitlanorganics.com/php
Ep. 24 | Stephen Brooks - Live at Envision Pt. 2
In the latest installment of our 'Live at Envision Festival' series, Jai Dev sits down with Envision founder and ecological visionary, Stephen Brooks. This conversation starts with a central theme that is close to both Stephen and Jai Dev's heart...the mystic legacy of the Grateful Dead! From there, the conversation winds its way through the Costa Rican jungle to the interrelatedness of all things.
You may have seen Stephen's groundbreaking work featured in the popular new Netflix Original, 'Down To Earth with Zac Efron'. Stephen's passion for life, and for his work is totally infectious, and you'll feel that in this episode. Seeking more sustainable ways to live our daily lives without compromising quality of life, he has brought his visions to fruition.
With over decades of experience working on the creation of thriving ecological communities, beginning with The Punta Mona Center for Regenerative Design and Botanical Studies in Costa Rica, Stephen has become a world leader in tropical permaculture. Connection is the current running through everything Stephen has created - connection to the earth, the plants, the music, and each other. Enjoy!
Ep. 23 | Rachel Brathen - Yoga Girl - Live at Envision Pt. 1
It seems like a lifetime ago that I sat down for this inspiring conversation with Rachel Brathen. You may know Rachel as Yoga Girl, her massively popular online brand. While we had briefly met once before, what you're about to hear was the first real conversation the two of us had together...and I enjoyed it so much. While Rachel is a world-renowned teacher, she's down-to-earth, genuine, and wonderfully warm-hearted. This episode was recorded in the Costa Rican jungle at the Envision Festival. We sat down in our Life-Force Academy Lounge with an intimate audience and talked about her inspiring life journey, the joys and challenges of motherhood, family life, her fave shows :-) and much more.