At the forefront of the 1970s spiritual revolution in Los Angeles was a bookstore, a small epicenter named Bodhi Tree. In 1983, after actress Shirley MacLaine’s memoir Out on a Limb brought international attention to Bodhi Tree, the store expanded, adding a dedicated event space that hosted Bodhi Talks—readings, interviews and lectures by scientists, philosophers, teachers, healers and authors who shared their wisdom, expertise and newly published books.

How You Can Access the Wisdom of Bodhi Talks Now

We’re proud to announce that you can now subscribe to our Bodhi Talks series, giving you access for life. Here, among many other topics, you can learn about stress management, relationship techniques, how to meditate, how to have a more spiritual sex life, how to tap into your own intuition and much more. That means anytime you crave the timeless words of these teachers, or need to immerse yourself in a more meaningful moment, it’s one click away. Simply login, scroll through our library of Talks, and play a topic that speaks to you at any given time. Check out the speakers you will have access to here.

Here is a sample audio clip of Way of the Peaceful Warrior author Dan Millman, who says that we must live on purpose (rather than at random) and embrace both reason and faith. Listen for more:

Over the decades, hundreds of Bodhi Talks took place on many topics, among them: Philosopher and author Jacob Needleman examined the role of government, urging us to inquire more deeply into our American origins. Buddhist scholar Franz Metcalf addressed approaching modern questions through the ancient words of the Buddha. Dr. Joan Borysenko, co-founder and former director of the Mind/Body Clinic at Harvard Medical School, lectured on understanding the feminine life cycle. Spiritual author Marianne Williamson addressed love and forgiveness. Mystic Terence McKenna revealed the importance of hallucinogens in his spiritual development. The list goes on and on.

The Beauty of Bodhi Talks

Because the Melrose Avenue bookstore was small and familial, the messages in these Talks were uniquely intimate. They’re also as relevant today as they were back then. The Talks, which continued until the brick-and-mortar store closed in 2011, turned into real community events, with participants being introduced to new ways of thinking, which was the essence of what Bodhi Tree offered.

To get an idea of who and what we are, take a look at and hear the authors, influencers and celebrities connected to Bodhi Tree, the bookstore that became a cultural institution:

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Learn more about Bodhi Talks here and listen to the 26 free samples to get a taste of the wisdom that each speaker has to offer.

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