Today is a day of tears and prayers here in Boston, and in widening concentric circles around the country and world. So many were involved in yesterday’s tragic events. Personally, I can’t get over the thought of 8 year old Martin Richard who died, standing in the sunshine, waiting for his Dad to come home across the finish line on a festive and historic occasion. (His mother and sister, aged 6, are still in the hospital.) Now the Boston Marathon, which is always held on Patriots' Day, will sadly be remembered differently.
My minister friend Reverend Kim Harvey was downtown at her Arlington...
Simply aware of the arising-fallingOf all and everythingRight before your eyes Like a dreamMirageSit-com Letting it come and goLetting goLetting be Breathing outinto itAnd inout of it Grokking it allAs part of yourself Like film-meditation(who the projector?) Letting go totallyLetting bePurely presencing Being itInseparablefrom one and all Lama Surya Das, from “Co-Meditations”
The Legacy of Wisdom project is dedicated to making Wisdom the central theme of life and aging. Lama Surya Das talks about fulfillment in life and how searching for a mission and fulfillment is a critical part of a wise life - at the same time - wear it lightly! http://legacyofwisdom.org/legacy-of-wisdom/home.html
April 4 – 7
Dzogchen Osel Ling Retreat Center- near Austin, TX
To register go to www.dzogchen.org/retreats
We invite you to join Lama Surya Das at his beautiful hermitage and retreat
sanctuary in the Texas Hill Country, Dzogchen Osel Ling, for a weekend of
awakening to the joy of naturally-arising timeless awareness. Lama Surya will
offer profound instruction throughout the retreat and lively Q&A sessions.
In addition to inspiring dharma talks, heart-opening chanting, guided and silent
meditations, this retreat will also offer opportunity for practices such...
"Enlightened Leadership: Kings, Queens and the 99 Percent"
posted January 24, 2013
I watched the inauguration on Monday, and thought about how desperately our county needs visionary enlightened leadership. As President Obama takes on the next four years, I pray for the safety and flourishing of his young family and for an era of self-control as well as gun control, to help us safeguard our society and ourselves from the violence and strife characteristic of people not at peace with themselves.
Buddha's renowned Eightfold Noble Path is the world's oldest extant business plan. His business...
I started the new year at our 19th annual winter Dzogchen Center meditation retreat, which we've been holding for the last ten or more years on the snowy banks of the mighty Hudson at the Garrison Institute in New York, right across from Bear Mountain and West Point. I love going there every winter and watching the river flow by, while praying, meditating, chanting, and walking through the lovely woods. My students and I spend the week dancing the life of awakefulness into being through practices including meditative mindfulness training, centering, presencing, Tibetan energy yoga, self-inquiry,...
“Awakening the Buddha Within” (an interview with Lama Surya Das)
Science of Mind Magazine
by David Goldberg
February, 2013 (reprinted with permission)
As a seventeen-year-old right out of high school, I had the chance to travel around the world with the international musical group “Up with People.” The finale of our two hour show was “Moon Rider,” a song based on the thoughts of astronaut Eugene Cernan, the commander of Apollo 17and the last man to walk on the moon, as he looked back at the Earth. One of the lines from that song is “I see the world without any borders; without...
Happy New Year Dear Friends,
As we lay to rest a turbulent, challenging 2012 and approach the new beginning of 2013, let us all take a moment to focus on bringing forth a more peaceful and compassionate year.
With that in mind, I'd like to share with you my latest article, An American Lama's Thought on Prayer, in the Huffington Post, and my contribution to Tricycle Magazine's article, Buddhist Teachers Respond to the Newtown Tragedy.
With love, blessings, and best wishes for an enlightening 2013,
Lama Surya Das