A Resonance between Two Models – Leonard Cohen & Ramesh Balsekar

December 3, 2014


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During my visit to Ramesh in Mumbai, in early 1999, I witnessed the following conversation with Leonard Cohen, and bought the tape.
After I got home, I made this transcript:

Ramesh – You live in a Zen monastery, I am told?

Leonard – That’s correct, yes.

For how long, three or four years?

I’ve been associated with this institution for about thirty years – and about four and a half years ago, I was ordained as a monk.

I see. I see. Would you say it is a pretty stiff discipline?

It’s – very rigorous.

But you like it?

Not particularly, no.

Well that is honest. So what I would like to ask is this: the understanding before you came here, and what I talk about – how does it compare?

It was the resonance between the two models, yours and my teachers’, that led me to study your books with some diligence…

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One Response to “A Resonance between Two Models – Leonard Cohen & Ramesh Balsekar”

  1. anndiamond said

    Because I studied with Sasaki Roshi for several years, I find the above conversation between Balkesar and his new disciple Leonard Cohen highly embarassing and phony. The Leonard Cohen who is speaking sounds like a pretentious, fawning fool. Is it possible this is the same Leonard Cohen, or some degenerate clone? Can people really be taken in by this nonsense? Sasaki Roshi was a real spiritual teacher. The same cannot be said for Ramesh Balkesar who had been exposed as a fraud: http://www.enlightened-spirituality.org/ramesh_balsekar.html

    The question arises: what was Leonard really doing in India at that time, that he needed to a cover for? I simply can’t believe there was anything in Balkesar’s teachings that could have genuinely interested him —

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