TAT Authors, Presenters and Filmmakers

Essential teachings for seekers of Truth.


The following TAT authors, presenters, and filmmakers are long-time members of the TAT Foundation. As former students of Richard Rose, they continue their commitment to seekers of Truth through books and films, presentations at TAT Foundation events, contributions of essays and poems to the TAT Forum, DVD video presentations, and free MP3 audio recordings.

Anima Pundeer Anima Pundeer

Anima Pundeer began meditating in her late teen years and soon realized that underneath all the suffering in the world, the real pain was the pain of feeling a separate self. In June of 2004, Anima had an experience where she realized her All-ness and One-ness.... She finally knew Freedom. She feels immense gratitude for all the help and guidance she got from her fellow seekers. She feels she couldn't have made this journey without her Guru and her friends—and the only way she feels she can help anyone is by sharing her own struggles and obstacles. Anima is highlighted in the documentary film Meetings with Remarkable Women.

Currently, Anima is a super busy mother of two who lives with her family in Houston, Texas. When she has spare moments, she weeds her vegetable patch.

Art Ticknor Art Ticknor

Art Ticknor worked first hand with numerous psychological and philosophical systems during years of intensive research. Twenty-six years of effort toward self-definition paid off in 2004, when the final nail was driven into the ego's coffin during an intense Realization. Art is the author of the books Beyond Relativity, Solid Ground of Being, and Sense of Self, invaluable guides on the quest for self knowledge.

Art currently lives the life of a modern day mystic and is involved in the Gainsville Florida-based Philosophical Self-Inquiry Discussion Group.

More information: Self-Discovery Portal.

Bart Marshall Bart Marshall

Bart Marshall is a long-time seeker, talented writer, co-producer of the Mister Rose film, and author of The Perennial Way: New English Versions of Yoga Sutras, Dhammapada, Heart Sutra, Ashtavakra Gita, Faith Mind Sutra, and Tao Te Ching. A 2004 visit with Douglas Harding catalyzed a radical change in perspective that completed his search for answers. He finds deep profundity and Truth in the inner teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. View Buddha at the Gas Pump Interview video of Bart Marshall on You Tube.

More information: selfinquiry.org.

Bob Cergol Bob Cergol

Bob Cergol was 19 when he met Richard Rose in 1972 and soon after attended the April 1973 meeting at Rose's house in Benwood, WV where TAT was conceived as an organization. He lived with Rose at his house in Benwood, WV, on Rose's farm, and in the local area on and off over many years. Twenty years later, after living in isolation for a year in a cabin he built on Rose's farm, and feeling his spiritual path had run its course, he moved away to pursue a secular life. He married and started a family, but soon gravitated back to the path, participating in group work with other TAT members. That group work led to a series of events that triggered a spiritual realization that for Bob was an absolute, and final answer to the existential questions he had been asking for all those years. Listen to his story in an August 2016 podcast interview of Bob Cergol on SpiritualTeachers.org.

Over the past decade, Bob has delivered a number of poignant presentations during TAT events and has authored numerous TAT Forum essays that were ultimately published in Beyond Mind, Beyond Death, a TAT Foundation Press book. He currently lives with his wife and works in the Information Technology field. One daughter is graduated from college and the other is attending college.

Bob Fergeson Bob Fergeson

Bob Fergeson is a teacher, writer, photographer, and avid mountaineer. He also serves as a "teacher in residence" at the TAT Center. In the winter of 2000, while skiing in the backcountry of Colorado, Bob found what he sought. In his own words, "something happened to me that answered my questions as to who I am and my relationship to life and death, the questions that had somehow haunted me—consciously or not—for most of my adult life." He is featured in the film Mountain High: Touching the Void. Bob is also the author of The Listening Attention, a simple and profound teaching on finding the gateway to within. He is the co-author of the beautiful book of poetry and photographs, Images of Essence.

More information: The Listening Attention.

Paul Constant's fascinations and explorations are directed toward uncovering the mysteries of life and ourselves. Of late, his spiritual interests include balancing the natural intelligence of our body, the wisdom and resourcefulness of our mind, and the feeling-sense of our Heart. Listen to a September 2016 podcast interview of Paul Constant on SpiritualTeachers.org.

For the past 30 years, Paul has expressed his love for Truth by facilitating retreats, leading rapport sittings, serving as a TAT Foundation member, and studying with Richard Rose during 1985-1995. Paul and his wife live in Pennsylvania. They were adopted by two kittens in 2013.

More information: searchwithin.org

Shawn Nevins Shawn Nevins

Shawn Nevins "fell onto the spiritual path in 1990," had an enlightenment experience in 1999, and since then has enjoyed making films, writing, and working with the TAT Foundation. His creative endeavors include the book The Celibate Seeker and the films Closer Than Close and Meetings with Remarkable Women—acclaimed documentaries on Self-realization. Shawn is also the co-author of Images of Essence. View a Conscious.tv interview of Shawn titled The Way Of Subtraction.

Shawn and his wife currently live in the San Francisco Bay area.

More information: Poetry in Motion Films.

Tess Hughes Tess Hughes

Tess Hughes, an Irish woman who lives in Ireland, came across the TAT Foundation one Autumn evening in 2003 while Googling an old boyfriend whose name was Richard Rose! This serendipitous event eventually (7 years later) led her to "the golden find beyond the mind" that Richard Rose—founder of the TAT Foundation—referred to. Tess attributes the direction, encouragement, and knowledge she found at the TAT community to forging the way for this transformation in herself.

Nowadays, Tess likes nothing better than to pass on to others what she was given.


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