VOL. 1. NO. 1. – Buddhism
The Laughing Man Institute for Traditional and Esoteric
Introducing The Laughing Man.
Editorial: Four Forms of Buddhism.
The Tibetan Buddhist Teachings and Their Application by Chögyam
Buddhism Criticizes Itself: Selections from The Lankavatara Sutra,
compiled and introduced by Adrienne Pittman.
Interviews: Three Zen Roshis In America by Lex Hinton, Crane
Montaño, Peter Roberts:
“Sooner or Later You Come to a Real Dead End”-Taizan Maezumi
“But You Know Your Moves”-Robert Aitken Roshi,
“My Basic Policy Is to Avoid People with Ph.D’s”-Eido Tai Shimano
“This Will Not Make a Very Deep Interview for You. I Am Sorry”-Soen
Yasutani Roshi On Koans.
Indian Mahayana, Chinese Zen.
The Physics Of Things : The Cosmic Dance by Fritjof Capra.
Bubba Free John On Meditation, Part 1: I Do Not Recommend That You
Meditate, by Terence Patten.
Sport: The 1975 World Series: Zen Baseball? by Saniel Bonder “What is
the sound of 74,367 hands clapping?”
Mahayana In Tibet: An Interview with Lama Thubten Yeshe by Crane
Hinduism and Buddhism by Bubba Free John.
Ramana Maharshi and Buddhist Non-Dualism by Lex Hixon.
The Body: Homeopathy by Bill Gray MD.
Books: The Platform (Altar) Sutra of Hui Neng & Empty Cloud by
Buddhism, Part II: Theravada and Tantra
THE LAUGHING MAN VOL. 1. NO. 2 – 1976 The Laughing Man Institute for Traditional and Contemporary Studies of Spirituality and Culture.
Editorial: God, Politics, and the Iron Bird.
In the Spirit of Buddhism by Bubba Free John.
Nalandra: The Oxford of Buddhism.
Theravada, An Introduction
Satipatthana Meditation by Nyanaponika Thera.
There Will Always Be Noise, an interview with Dhiravamsa.
“Oh This Is What It’s Like!”, an interview with Jack Kornfield and Joseph Goldstein.
Three Southeast Asian Masters:
Unflinching Energy: Sunlun Sayadaw
Catching Fish With Your Hands: Achaan Naeb
Not in the Ditch: Achaan Chaa
Bubba Free John on Meditation, Part II: There is Nothing to Be Attained, by Gene Dougherty.
The Tantra of Tibet, An Introduction
Only Boundless Mercy: The Practice of Tibetan Tantra by the XVI Gyalwa Karmapa.
The Moment You See Him, an interview with the Karmapa’s disciple, Sister Palmo.
Things Get Very Clear When You’re Concerned, an interview with Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche.
Lama Yeshe on Buddhist and Hindu Tantra, an interview with Lama Thubten Yeshe of Tibet.
Agehananda Bharati:Interview: The Great Advaitins are Crashing BoresWritings: The Tantric Tradition and Its Target.
The Trials of Milarepa.
The Path of Liberation:The Songs of Mahamudra by TilopaThe Errors in Mahamudra Practice by Lama Kong Ka,The Innermost Essence by Jigmê Lingpa, Trans. Chögyam Trungpa.
Isn’t That How They Keep Warm in the Snow?: Tumo, the Tibetan “Heat Yoga”.
Miracles: The Irreverent Intrusions of God, by Saniel Bonder.
Books:The Tibetan Book of the Dead, by Chögyam Trungpa and Francesca Fremantle.Interview with Francesca Fremantle.Space-Time and Beyond by Bob Toben.Tao: The Watercourse Way, by Alan Watts.A Sense of the Cosmos by Jacob Needleman.
Sexuality & Spirituality
THE LAUGHING MAN VOL. 4. NO. 3
©1983 Laughing Man Institute.
Laughing Matters (Letters from Powell, Lynch, Pandit, Fleming,
Summers, Sharma, Humlebo.)
The Seven Stages of Life.
The Sexual Revolution and Spiritual Life as Seen through One Pair of
Eyes by Georg Feuerstein.
Embodiment: From Protozoa to Parsifal by Fred Rohé.
“OEDIPUS TRANSCENDED” (5/5/83).
Emotion and Sexuality:
A Long Time Coming: An Interview with Alan and Donna Brauer (on
Extended Sexual Orgasm).
“UNIVERSAL DESIRE AND THE WAY OF TOUCH” (8/14/79).
THE TABOO AGAINST THE SUPERIOR MAN: ‘DRACULA AND FRANKENSTEIN’.
Divine Distraction: With Moonlight in Their Hair: Krishna’s Dance
with the Gopis (adapted from the Bhagavata Purana, X.31-33).
Life-Current: The Many Faces of Kundalini: An Interview with Lee
Renunciation: Beyond World Negation by Georg Feuerstein.
Shakti: the Liberating Power by Ty Koontz.
A Night with the Fierce Woman by Frans Bakker.
The Demystification of Enlightenment by the Laughing Man staff.
The Origins of Life: Evolution As Creation by Hoimar von
The End of Sex: Erotic Love After the Sexual Revolution by George
The Presence of Shiva by Stella Kramrisch.
The Passionate Life: Stages of Loving by Sam Keen.
Now What? (Cults)
THE LAUGHING MAN VOL. 3. NO. 3
©1982 Laughing Man Institute.
The Seven Stages of Life.
The Cult of Cult-Snuffing.
Birth Is Entrance into Chaos:
The Creation of Man in Mythology:
And the Sun God Said: That’s Hip.
Purusha Sukta (Hymn of Man) trans by Georg Feuerstein.
Man, the Companion: a Jicarila Apache creation myth retold by
Spirit Bones: a Modoc creation myth retold by Magdalena Hurwitz.
Male & Female: “Abandoning Casual Association between the Sexes”
Cultism and Self-Transcendence by Georg Feuerstein.
‘Cultism Is the Beginner’s Level of Human Existence’ (PROOF).
Awakening from the Spell of Cultism by Ty Koontz.
The Beginning of Spiritual Life:
‘The Subject of Religion’.
Beyond Conventional Christianity by John Theobald.
Man As Hologram: A Perspective from the Life of Sri Sri Thakur
Anukulchandra by Kerry Brace.
Exclusive Self-Realization: The (not so perfect) Perfect Practice by
“You Cannot Practice the Perfect Practice without Becoming
Divine Madness: Crazy Adepts by James Steinberg and Georg
“The Heart Is Not Wedded to the Face”.
Seraphim’s Seraphim, the Life of Pelagia Ivanovna Serebrenikova, Fool
for Christ’s Sake of the Seraphim-Diveyevo Convent.
Portrait of Perfection, A Pictorial Biography of Kirpal Singh.
The Poems of Tukaram by J. Nelson Fraser and K.B. Marathe.
Taking The Quantum Leap by Fred Alan Wolf.
Bhagavan Sri Ramana, A Pictorial Biography.
Perect Fools by John Saward.
The Divine Madman: The Sublime Life and Songs of Drukpa Kunley,
trans. by Keith Dowman.
Sacred Culture and Community
THE LAUGHING MAN VOL. 5. NO. 3
©1984 Laughing Man Institute.
Impulse to Community by Ty Koontz.
‘COOPERATION AND DOUBT’ (12/15/78).
Sex, Surrender, and Community Survival by Ben Pierce.
Circle of Shakti by Conrad Goehausen.
M-Fields: an interview with Rupert Sheldrake.
Benedictine Ashram: an interview with Father Bede Griffiths.
Rule by Buddhahood by Robin Kornman.
“WISDOM MUST AFFECT THE HUMAN PROCESS” (3/8/84).
Language, Jargon, and Community by Herbert D. Long.
‘COMMUNITY IS THE FOUNDATION OF TRULY HUMAN POLITICS’ (PROOF):
THE HEALING POWER OF COMMUNITY.
THE DISCIPLINE OF COMMUNITY.
THE RELIGIOUS NECESSITY OF COMMUNITY.
REFUGE, OR THE RADICAL FUNCTION OF COMMUNITY WITHIN THE POLITICS OF
I WOULD FIND A NEW ORDER OF MEN & WOMEN.
The Power of Community by Ty Koontz.
Gaia & the Global Brain: an interview with Peter Russell.
The Findhorn Spirit: interviews with Peter Caddy and Sir George
“BECOME A CREATIVE PARTICIPANT IN THE DIVINE” (8/31/83).
Talks of an American Sufi: Love, Sex and Relationships and Other
Selections, by Murshid Samuel I. Lewis.
Sky Dancer: The Secret Life and Songs of the Lady Yeshe Tsogyel by
Scientism: Today’s Trojan Horse
THE LAUGHING MAN VOL. 4. NO. 1
©1983 Laughing Man Institute.
Editorial: Laughing Matters (letters: Finch, Beckford).
The Seven Stages of Life.
ScholaritisAn Affliction Without Cure? by Georg Feuerstein.
Consumerism: In Search of Fulfillment by Ben Pierce and Georg
Murder in the Kitchen by Alan Watts.
Sisyphus: The Failure of Will by Edward Brennan.
“LIFE IS NONSENSE” (7/7/76).
The Tyranny of Materialism: A Quantum Leap beyond Materialism an
interview with Fred Alan Wolf.
“THE PSYCHOSIS OF DOUBT”.
God as Mother: God as Mother: an interview with Swarmi
Esoteric Sexuality: “SEXUAL COMMUNION VERSUS THE SEXUAL YOGAS OF THE
The Disposition of Sexual Communion by Frans Bakker.
Inversion: This Drowning Is Awakening: The Life of Swami Rama Tirtha
by A.J. Alston.
The Physics of Foolishness: The Divine Madman translated by Keith
Dowman and Sonam Paljor.
‘SPACE, CONSCIOUSNESS, AND ENLIGHTENMENT’.
A New Science of Life: The Hypothesis of Formative Causation by
Voluntary Simplicity: An Ecological Lifestyle That Promotes Personal
and Social Renewal by Duane Elgin.
The Secret of Secrets by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh.
Grace and Mercy in Her Wild Hair.
The Bhagavad Gita: Its Philosophy and Cultural Setting by Georg
THE LAUGHING MAN VOL. 8. NO. 1
©1988 The Free Daist Communion.
‘The Heart of Understanding’ (KNEE).
A Moratorium on The Laughing Man magazine, by the editors.
Editorial Introduction: the Contemplation of Death.
“NOW THEY ARE ALL DEAD” (10/10/87).
Attention, the Cosmic Mandala, the Seven Stages of Life, and the
Death Process, by Ty Koontz.
Section One: Death and the Body:
“THE BODY WANTS TO DIE” (11/30/82).
Death, the Body, and the Western Psyche, by Carolyn Lee:
The Egyptian View of Death.
Traditional European Attitudes to Embalming.
Embalming in Contemporary America.
The Mummification of Yuya, by Laurel Patterson.
“WE WILL TREAT ONE ANOTHER DIFFERENTLY IN DEATH” (10/15/82).
Section Two: Death and the Psyche:
From Alpha to Omega: Ancient Mysteries and the Near-Death Experience,
by Kenneth Ring:
The Egyptian Mysteries.
The Osirian Initiation Rite.
The NDE in Light of the Osirian Mysteries.
The Promise of the NDE:
From Alpha to Omega.
St. Patrick’s Purgatory:
the Story of the Knight Owein:
The Knight in Purgatory.
The Messengers of God Welcome Owein.
First Meeting with the Devils.
The Knight Receives the Heavenly Manna, The Knight Returns to
Liberation and the Bardos: the Tibetan View of Death and Dying, by
Jeffrey Fitzsimmons and Carolyn Lee.
“VISIONS ARE A KIND OF WASHING” (7/14/87).
Reincarnation, Psychic Awakening, and the Transcendence of Rebirth,
by Carolyn Lee.
‘And You Will Awaken To The Eternal Self-Domain’ (DHT).
Musical Sacramental Midwifery: the Laughing Man interviews Therese
‘BLOOD SACRIFICE AND THE DEATH OF JESUS’ (BoT).
A response by Bede Griffiths: Salvation through the Blood of Christ:
the New Testament Tradition.
Section Three: Ego-Death:
The Great Unborn Self.
The Graceful Communion of the Unborn.
Ego-Death and the Illusions of the Sixties, by William Stranger.
Stanzas on the Avadhuta, from the Siddha-Siddhanta-Paddhati,
translated by Georg Feuerstein.
“THE DEATH AND BIRTH OF THE GOD-MAN” (7/12/76).
The Kundalini Experience, by Lee Sannella, M.D..
The Nectar of the Lord’s Feet: Final Teachings of Sri Nisargadatta
Maharaj-Discourses January-February 1980, ed. by Robert Powell.
The Company of Truth: Offerings of The Free Daist Communion.
Death and Dying
THE LAUGHING MAN VOL. 2. NO. 3
©1981 The Laughing Man Institute.
The Laughing Man Forum: Editorial: Adolescent Media Stereotypes and
the New Spiritual Journalism.
The Planetary Idea Balloon, compiled by Scott Lowe.
Feature Section: Death and Transcendence:
Easy Death: Essays and talk by Da Free John:
The Truth About Death,
Ascent and Emergence into the Divine Condition through the Yoga of
“There Is No Self That Dies,”
The Hole in the Universe Stands Before the Mind (excerpt from The
“O Son of Noble Family…Now the Time Has Come…”, Tibetan Buddhist
Teachings on Death:
Gates of Death by Sogyal Rinpoche,
A Tibetan Funeral,
The Tibetan Way of Death and Rebirth by Venerable Lama Lodru.
The Part and the Whole: Death and the Scientific World View,
interview with Stanislav Grof, MD.
How To Keep Your Heart Open In Hell: interview with Stephen Levine,
Director of the Hanuman Foundation Dying Project.
Conscious Dying in America by Ram Dass.
Welcome, Sister Death: On the Remarkable Departures of Illumined
Beings by Ron Boyer.
Beyond Peripheral Existence: Toward an Esoteric Anatomy by Saniel
It Is Time To Wake Up by Shri Dhyanyogi Madhusudandasji.
Oh Living! Always Living!
The Intuition of Eternal Life in the Poetry of Walt Whitman by Ty
Wisdom Teachings: You Will Not Discover Wisdom Watching Others;
excerpts from A Still Forest Pool: The Teachings of Achaan Chaa of
Wat Ba Pong, by Jack Kornfield and Paul Breiter.
Open House: The Establishment of a New Sacred Culture in the West by
A Practical Guide To Death and Dying by John White,
Meditation and the Art of Dying by Pandit Ushar Budh Arya,
Beyond Death: The Gates of Consciousness by Stanislav and Christina
The Rain of Wisdom.
Growth Beyond Self
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“First Become Human”.
“THE GREAT TRANSITION” (4/22/87).
The Seven Stages of Life (illustration: an introduction to the stages
of progressive transcendence of the body-mind as described by
Growth Beyond Self: Traditional Approaches to Spiritual Preparation,
by Carolyn Lee:
The Vision of Sainthood.
The Monastic Choice.
The Limitations of the Monastic Philosophy.
The Lessons of Asceticism.
The Ordeal of Solitude.
The School of Pythagoras.
The Discipline of Study.
The Grace of the Teacher.
Buddhi and Radical Understanding.
Spiritual Preparation in the Way of the Heart.
Feature Section: Human Maturity:
Part One: The Trial of Manhood and Womanhood:
“KILLING THE TIGER” (5/28/87).
High Horse’s Courting: a Tale of Wooing Among the Sioux.
Leaving Childhood Behind: The Testing of St. Therese of Lisieux.
Part Two: The Ordeal of Listening:
“OBSERVE THE SELF IN TOTO” (5/20/87).
“A Confession which Leads the Inward Man to Humility” (excerpted from
The Way of a Pilgrim, R. M. French trans.).
Part Three: Relationship to a Teacher:
“THE DISCIPLINE OF WORK” (12/9/80).
“TEACHERS ARE WILD PEOPLE” (5/20/87).
Trial by Tower-Building: Milarepa’s Encounter with Marpa.
Part Four: The Crisis of Self-Understanding:
No “reasons” for Joy and Freedom (KNEE).
‘FEEL BEYOND THE SELF-CONTRACTION (DHT).
“TRUE HEARING IS A SAMADHI” (4/28/87).
True Counseling: the Presumption of “No Problem” , by Frans Bakker,
Both Feet Firmly on the Ground: Reflections by Irina Tweedie.
Health and Higher Evolution: an interview with Gabriel Cousens,
Spiritual Nutrition and the Rainbow Diet, by Gabriel Cousens,
Creation Myths: Man’s Inroduction to the World, by David
On Having No Head: Zen and the Re-Discovery of the Obvious, by D. E.
The Beginning of Wisdom: an introduction to Practice in The Free