A Conversation with Rick Archer of Buddha at the Gas Pump – My Spiritual Awakening

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on Spiritual Awakenings International on May 18, 2024.

Rick Archer shares his spiritual journey from childhood, through the turbulent 1960s, his introduction to Transcendental Meditation, to the launch of his popular podcast on spirituality, Buddha at the Gas Pump. Rick shares his spiritual awakening story, starting with his complicated family life, learning to meditate in 1968, and his years as a Transcendental Meditation teacher. He describes his inspiration and motivation to start Buddha at the Gas Pump in 2009. He also shares insights and experiences he’s had while doing this now very popular spiritually-focused podcast. Rick also talks about the importance of ethical behaviour for spiritual leaders and the Association for Spiritual Integrity, which he helped found.

Rick Archer is the creator and host of the interview show Buddha at the Gas Pump. Since the Fall of 2009, he has interviewed over 700 “spiritually awakening” people, from the well-known to the unknown, from a variety of backgrounds and traditions.

Rick learned Transcendental Meditation when he was 18, was trained by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi as a TM teacher in 1970, and served in that capacity for 25 years, teaching hundreds of people, lecturing around the world, helping to train TM teachers, and serving at the international headquarters of the TM organization in Switzerland.

He earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Vedic Studies from Maharishi International University. Rick is no longer associated with the TM organization, having become too eclectic and independent in his perspective to affiliate exclusively with any organization. He is a founder and advisor of the Association for Spiritual Integrity.

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