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Buddha at the Gas Pump

By Rick Archer

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The implication of the title - Buddha at the Gas Pump - is that ordinary people are experiencing higher states of consciousness once thought to be rare and difficult to attain. People everywhere are undergoing a shift or awakening to their true nature. For some, this shift has been abrupt and dramatic. For others, it has been so gradual that they may not have realized it has occurred. Such shifts, or awakenings, are not new: Christ spoke of the Kingdom of Heaven within, Buddhists speak of Nirvana, Zen masters of Satori, Hindus of Moksha, but these traditions generally regard these states as rare and difficult to attain. Many people are therefore skeptical of claims of higher states of consciousness. They find it hard to believe that apparently ordinary friends and neighbors might be experiencing something extraordinary. Maybe they expect Enlightenment to look as remarkable on the outside as it is reputed to be on the inside. This show will attempt to dispel skepticism and misconceptions by week after week, allowing otherwise ordinary people to relate their experience of spiritual awakening. The terminology is tricky, because there are no universally agreed upon definitions to describe this experience. So please forgive us if we use some unfamiliar terms. We will try to clarify our definitions as we go along. Perhaps, after a while, those listening will become convinced that genuine and permanent spiritual awakenings are not just a pipe dream, but are real and are becoming relatively commonplace. These podcasts are the audio track of a weekly interview show which may be seen as videos on our YouTube channel ( Also see the main site: For search purposes, I will add the following to this description - batgap, Buddha at the Gaspump, Buddah at the Gas Pump.

Customer Reviews


This show is very frustrating. The guests are so interesting and I really, really want to listen. I have tried, oh how I’ve tried to struggle through each episode, but the interviewer is well…just not that good. Sometimes it seems like he isn’t even listening to the guests, but just biding his time until he has the opportunity to comment about himself – comments that are, more often than not, irrelevant. Other times, it seems like he just doesn’t “get it”. I thought his interview technique would improve over time, but nope. Consistent? Yes. Probing and insightful? Not so much.


This is by far the most interesting podcast I listen to. Completely astonishing!


I have listened or watched well over 175 of Rick's 200+ interviews. More than half of these, I have listened to multiple times each. If you are on a path of awakening (whatever that means to you) you will undoubtedly find these interviews a though provoking and sacred part of your journey. I am personally indebted to Rick for following his bliss and sharing his passion with the world. Thank you, Rick! And, thank you to all the volunteers who help you make this possible!

Buddha at the Gas Pump
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  • Category: Spirituality
  • Language: English

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