Tricycle Magazine’s Book Club Selection for October 2011
“A wealth of inspiration and practical tips for enjoying the Kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, now.” -Thich Nhat Hanh, bestselling author of Peace Is Every Step
“For newcomers to Buddhism (and non-Buddhists interested in universal wisdom!) and ‘old hands’ at practice . . . [Das] promises nothing less than a liberated life, freed from angst over the tyranny of time, though the practice of loving presence.” -Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is An Inside Job
Internationally renowned meditation scholar Lama Surya Das delivers a penetrating and practical guide to discovering the power of living fully in the now. In the tradition of the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Noah Levine’s Heart of the Revolution, Buddha Standard Time is a roadmap to discovering your own inner kingdom of awareness, patience, and love.
We’re all given the same twenty-four hours a day. We can spend our time feeling hurried and harried, overwhelmed by chores and demands, distracted and burned out . . . or we can awaken to Buddha Standard Time, the realm of timelessness where every choice, every action, and every breath can be one of renewal and infinite possibilities.
Buddha Standard Time shares one of the great realizations of Buddhism, an insight that anyone can learn to apply. The minutes and hours of our days do not simply march from future to present to past. Rather, each moment is intersected by a fourth dimension. By learning to live in this dimension—Buddha Standard Time—we reduce the amount of stress in our lives and find greater focus, fulfillment, creativity, and even wisdom.
Drawing on Tibetan Buddhism and other great wisdom traditions, as well as on neuroscience and holistic traditions, renowned teacher and national bestselling author Lama Surya Das shares real world examples, practical exercises, and essential techniques.
The pace and pressure of today’s world feels relentless. That is why, now more than ever, we need the ancient wisdom contained in Buddha Standard Time. Far from being at the mercy of time’s demands, we will finally realize that we have, in fact, all the time in the world.
This book is Lama Surya Das in his most tone-perfect Western guru voice: authoritative, inviting, generous, funny, poetic, imaginative and informative and totally accessible.” — Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is An Inside Job: Practicing for a Joyful Life