Lama Surya Das is one of the most well-regarded Buddhist teachers and scholars in America today. His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and his seminars and retreats are continually in demand. In part, it is his straightforward, accessible, and humorous approach that audiences react so strongly to–and in The Mind Is Mightier Than the Sword, Surya brings that unique approach to a comprehensive guide to the most essential Buddhist teachings.
For beginners and experienced practitioners alike, Lama Surya Das outlines his Six Building Blocks of Spiritual Practice and offers insight...
Recently I was asked how I became involved in the happiness field, and what motivates me to help others. Although my memory can be taxing at times, I had no difficulty digging deeply into the beginnings of it all. Here is my answer:
Like most people, especially Baby Boomers--moi grew up to the tune of a song I call "What About Me?" by the Inner Voices. I probably got involved in the happiness field when my mother's water broke, or even before, to begin my journey into the floating dewdrop sphere of this oh so sweet yet dream-like world. When my umbilicus was cut, it severed forever-...
Truth telling is a rigorous spiritual practice.
Buddha's not pretending.
We can't just believe whatever we think. We think, therefore, we err.
That which we call "I" is just impermanent, ownerless karma rolling along. Don't take it personally.
Everyone is a little crazy. Remembering this helps us lighten up.
We need a spiritual life, not just special experiences.
Grasping fleeting things to tightly gives us rope burn.
Awareness practice helps us become more transparent to ourselves.
Resistance is another form of clinging.
Practice being there while getting there.
I just want to share with you the joy and blessings of seeing the reincarnations of my root gurus His Holiness the Sixteenth Karmapa and the Venerable Kalu Rinpoche on their return to the United States this summer, teaching here and on the West Coast. They are known now as HH the Seventeenth Karmapa and Yangsi Kalu Rinpoche.
Lama Surya Das' WEEKLY WORDS OF WISDOM
"Here is the essence of meditation practice and letting go, which implies letting come and go-- letting be. Catching yourself before things catch you. I try to remember that I am the cause of all of my suffering, due to the habits and conditioning of my own mind; for it's not what happens but what you make of it that makes all the difference."
Posted July 19, 2011
Empowering Our Nation: The Importance of the 2011 Kalachakra for World Peace
Last week I sat in front of the Dalai Lama of Tibet at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., where he was leading the 2011 Kalachakra for World Peace and heard him talk about the union of wisdom and compassionate action, and how being an honest and caring person is more important than mere external religiosity or parroting prayers and mouthing platitudes. He said:
We must be 21st century Buddhists, not just ritual faith and belief Buddhists -- and live our values in our daily lives, combining...