Lama Surya Das talks with CJ Liu of Fire It UP with CJ about his own journey of finding a guru in his life featured in his book "Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation". What is a guru? How does one know if they have found the right person? What differentiates good teachers from ones that are bad teachers.
On Sunday, March 15th I was delighted to take part in the welcoming reception held for His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa in Menlo Park, CA.
This auspicious occasion kicked off his two month USA tour, and marks His Holiness' third visit to America. Today he is giving a talk at Stanford University, and yesterday was at the Google Campus in Silicon Valley. What a wonderful, youthful Lama!
I invite you to visit the Karmapa's website for his official tour schedule- http://kagyuoffice.org/schedule/
My First Encounter With the Sixteenth Karmapa
Huffington Post April 7, 2014
After I graduated from college in 1971, I had the good fortune to travel overland from London to India. I had celebrated at Woodstock and marched on Washington, but that first Asian pilgrimage was the real turning point of my life. Over time, I would find and meet many -- if not most -- of the saints and enlightened masters (Hindu and Buddhist) of that era.
One day in 1973, in the foothills of the Himalayas at a hillside monastery outside Darjeeling, one of my friends surprised me by asking, "Have you seen your picture...
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...