Holiday Prayers & Wishes from Lama Surya Das
Winter Solstice, December 2011
, for they shall not get bent out of shape.
Blessed are the patient, for they shall be waited on and attended to.
Blessed are the generous, for they shall receive abundantly.
Blessed are the grateful, for their life shall always be bountiful.
Blessed are the wise, for they know not in excess.
Blessed are the lovers, for love is theirs for the asking.
Blessed are the healers, for their world and they too shall be healed and well.
Blessed are those who listen, for they shall be heard and understood.
reprinted courtesy Huffington Post, 11/17/11 04:30 PM ET
by Lama Surya Das
Many people have been asking me of late if Steve Jobs really was a Buddhist. The answer is yes, and for many years.
He was a Zen Buddhist, which inspired his simple, informal, monkish black dress code and the meticulously minimalist yet elegant consumer products he so ingeniously designed. If you look at Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait as a Zen monk you'll find many similarities with that other famously difficult creative genius.
Perhaps Steve was van Gogh's tulku (reincarnation).Like Jobs, van Gogh was also...
The Zen of Steve Jobs: Right Livelihood
In this engaging article in the Huffington Post, Lama Surya Das discusses the late Steve Jobs in Buddhist perspective. Surya Das suggests Steve Jobs as an incarnation of Vincent Van Gogh, describes his personal interactions with Jobs, and how he exemplified the virtuous aspect of the Noble Eight-fold Path taught by Buddha: Step Five, Right Livelihood and True Vocation.
"Many people have been asking me of late if Steve Jobs really was a Buddhist. The answer is yes, and for many years..." Read the full Huffington Post article here
How Do I Not Lose...
"Today the human soul asks the question: What can I do to preserve the
beauty and wonder of our world and to eliminate the anger and hatred and
inequality that inevitably causes it-- in that part of the world which I touch?
What can you do TODAY, this very moment?"
-- The Dalai Lama, Sept. 11, 2001
The Real Deal: Integrating Buddhist Practice
into our Lives
November 18, 2011, 7:00 - 8:30pm The United Methodist Church of Red Hook 4 Church St., Red Hook, NY 12571
Join Lama Surya Das and Tulku Sherdor in a benefit for the Kunzang Palchen Ling Tibetan Buddhist Center in Red Hook, NY.
Presented by Kunzang Palchen Ling, Dzogchen Founcation, and Blazing Wisdom Institute. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Kunzang Palchen Ling construction project to build a new facility to better serve the needs of the local and national community of spiritual seekers. $20 suggested donation,...