Bart Marshall is a spiritual teacher and author of the acclaimed translation of ancient spiritual texts, The Perennial Way: New English Versions of Yoga Sutras, Dhammapada, Heart Sutra, Ashtavakra Gita, Faith Mind Sutra, and Tao Te Ching. He is also writer and producer of the feature documentary, Mister Rose, about his one-time mentor, Richard Rose.
Marshall’s search for spiritual achievement began during the Vietnam War. He once told an interviewer: “I usually begin my seeker story with Vietnam because before then I really had no curiosity about spiritual matters or any suspicion that the world was anything other than it seemed. But a number of things happened in Vietnam to shake me up, and near the end of my tour a mortar round landed nearby that blew me into a clear and brilliant blackness that felt like ‘home.’ I would have gladly stayed in that blackness, but instead I was brought back into a world I could no longer view in the same way.”
After some 20 years of “reading, meditating, and obsessive thinking about this stuff,” Marshall says, he gave up. “I felt I’d given it my best shot and failed—time to get on with life as best I could. Shortly after that, through circumstances that hint at magic and the hand of God, I met Richard Rose, the man I would come to call my teacher, and it was game-on again.”
Rose is the founding teacher of the TAT (Truth and Transmission) Foundation. Marshall then met and studied with Douglas Harding, an English writer and philosopher; it was a friendship that catalyzed a radical change in perspective that, Marshall says, completed his search for life’s many questions.
Currently, Bart Marshall is involved with the Self Inquiry Discussion Group in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area of North Carolina.