Mindful Anger Management and the 6 Rs of Intentional Responsiveness
We live in a violent, strife-filled era. Even Buddhist monks are prey to intolerance, nationalism and violence. Terror and fear surround us. This provokes all kinds of difficult feelings and emotions, especially anger and hatred. Yet it's not what happens to us but what we make of it that actually makes all the difference. Just because the wind is blowing doesn't mean we have to be blown away by it, or even driven helplessly in that direction; we can certainly learn how to understand the situation better and even...
Rimay Monlam 2013 ~ A Tibetan Buddhist Peace Prayer Gathering ~
May 31-June 3, 2013
The Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY
Good Karma, Non-profit Event Welcoming All Practitioners
With the Blessings & Good Wishes of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
Question: Do you lamas go to movies? I heard the Dalai Lama doesn’t but was shown “Little Buddha” by Bertolucci at its Paris premiere.
Lama Surya Das: Word travels slow up here in Tibet. But I wanna give a shout out to femme filmmeditations of recent years including “Rust & Bone” and the original Swedish version of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. “Beasts of the Southern Wild”, and “Silver Linings Playbook”, were both very fine; but I genuinely appreciated the samurai bodhisattva-warrior spirit of the heroines in R & B and TGWTDT, who served their own inner...
The Difference Between "Never Give Up" and "Grasping"
Helen writes: At the moment I am pondering the difference between “never give up” and “grasping”. Perhaps you can help me.
Lama Surya Das: This is a juicy subject, well worth pondering. Holding on too long is one problem, for sure; on the other hand, letting go too soon and too easily is another extreme (unbalance) or mistake.
Firstly, never say never. Or don’t say it much. Or say always much, either.
Discovering right action and appropriateness for yourself as an active agent and being responsible for your own life...
Posted April 22, 2013One allegedly violent 19-year-old boy pretty much shut down our fine city of Boston last Friday. Not to mention the terrible damage he and another are believed to have wrought on innocent lives near the marathon finish line on Monday. Now four young people are dead and scores injured as result of the bombing suspects' actions. Why? Will we ever really know? As authorities are working to get to the bottom of this, and prevent similar possible future crimes, let's together strive to get to root causes and origins of our violent society and era, and genuinely do something about...
One violent nineteen year old boy has, it seems, pretty much shut down our fine city of Boston. Not to mention the terrible damage he and others wrought Monday on innocent lives near the Marathon finish line. Now four young people are dead and scores injured! Why? Will we ever really know? Of course everyone is working together to get to the bottom of this, and prevent similar possible future crimes. Let’s together strive to get to root causes and origins of our violent society and era, and genuinely do something about it.
I’m praying, meditating, counseling people, and holding the victims...
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”
"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...