(Lama Surya Das' presentation at The Global Buddhist Conference in New Delhi, November 2011)
What is the future of Buddhism and of enlightenment-oriented spirituality in the West and in this tumultuous world? What part shall we play as spiritual activists, visionary leaders, altruists and aspiring bodhisattva, as well as stewards and guardians of our world, the environment, and society? It has been pointed out that historically whenever Buddhism has entered a culture, it has not only changed the culture, but Buddhism has also been changed by that culture. This is the nature and reality...
"The thing is that this life is so precious and mysterious,
I don’t know what to say about it most of the time.
Words are like birds, passing through the trackless sky.
The dog barking, the sound of the purling stream,
the wind among the weeping willow trees:
how are these not right off the tongue of the Buddha?"
--Lama Surya Das
Lama Surya Das will be in Melbourne for a two-day event to help raise funds for the Odiyana Buddhist Center. The Friday night event will also feature a live performance by ARIA award winning performer Kavisha Mazella. More Information