The beloved American Lama, a spiritual leader whose inimitable light and lively universal teaching style has awakened the spirituality of thousands, now shares an enlightened approach to change and loss, dealing with difficult emotions such as fear, grief, and anger, and the role of crisis in uncovering our authentic selves.
For many people, recent years have been characterized by profound change, whether it relates to financial upheaval, political shifts, or even massive losses of life to disease and violence. Even on the personal level each person must confront the curves life throws...
This remarkable book brings together more than 150 authentic Buddhist teaching tales from the Hidden Kingdom of Tibet — most never before translated into English. These captivating stories, legends and yarns — passed orally from teacher to student — capture the vibrant wisdom of an ancient and still-living oral tradition. Magical, whimsical, witty and ribald, The Snow Lion's Turquoise Mane unfolds a luminous vision of a universe where basic goodness, harmony, and hope prevails.
In 2006 His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who calls Lama Surya Das the American Lama, said to an American audience, "It is not enough just to meditate and pray, which are always good things to do, but we also must take positive action in this world."
In the process of awakening, the Buddha realized that all of us, deep within, are inherently perfect and whole, with the capacity to overcome suffering and transform ourselves into forces for good. In this book national bestselling author Lama Surya Das, one of the foremost American Buddhist teachers, offers a thorough, tried-and-true map to the richest...
Lama Surya Das expresses his depth of understanding and brilliant sense of humor that have made him a prominent and popular spokesman for Buddhism in the West. Each page of this small-format hardcover contains a statement that focuses the reader's attention on an essential concept. An ideal gift book & wisdom treasure for seekers of all faiths.
The best-selling author of Awakening the Buddha Within addresses life’s most provocative and tantalizing questions simply, directly, and powerfully.
Every life is a journey through the unknown. Along the way, however, we tend to encounter the same perplexing questions again and again. Some are cosmic enigmas that have always tested the human mind: What is my purpose in life? What happens after I die? Others are puzzles presented by daily life in modern society: What, if anything, justifies assisted suicide? What is my personal responsibility to the homeless? According to Lama Surya...
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.