“Awakening the Buddha Within” (an interview with Lama Surya Das)
Science of Mind Magazine
by David Goldberg
February, 2013 (reprinted with permission)
As a seventeen-year-old right out of high school, I had the chance to travel around the world with the international musical group “Up with People.” The finale of our two hour show was “Moon Rider,” a song based on the thoughts of astronaut Eugene Cernan, the commander of Apollo 17and the last man to walk on the moon, as he looked back at the Earth. One of the lines from that song is “I see the world without any borders; without...
Happy New Year Dear Friends,
As we lay to rest a turbulent, challenging 2012 and approach the new beginning of 2013, let us all take a moment to focus on bringing forth a more peaceful and compassionate year.
With that in mind, I'd like to share with you my latest article, An American Lama's Thought on Prayer, in the Huffington Post, and my contribution to Tricycle Magazine's article, Buddhist Teachers Respond to the Newtown Tragedy.
With love, blessings, and best wishes for an enlightening 2013,
Lama Surya Das
Recently, in response to an inquiry submitted to my "Ask The Lama" blog regarding the Diamond Mountain University and Retreat Center tragedy, the answer I posted received such overwhelming feedback that I decided to add it to my Huffington Post blog-- "Spiritual Responsibility and Cult Awareness" .
Twenty years ago, when there was quite a bit of troubling public news concerning dangerous cults among spiritual groups, I co-authored a white paper called "Spiritual Responsibility" with my Boston neighbor, cult deprogramming expert Steve Hassan. At that time the guru Bhagvan Rajneesh...
Lama Surya Das on humor, contemplative education, technology, and the secrets of Tibetan mindfulness
By Danny Fisher
originally printed by Shambala Sun
A dyed-in-the-wool East Coast guy, Lama Surya Das — Tibetan Buddhist teacher; founder of the Dzogchen Center in Cambridge, MA; and author of such bestselling books as Awakening the Buddha Within and Buddha Standard Time – will be making the trek way out west next month for a special mini-workshop at InsightLA in Santa Monica, CA. “The Secrets of Tibetan Mindfulness: Remembering to Remember,” to be held March 17 (tickets are still...
Buddha Standard Time with Lama Surya Das
reprinted from www.fireitupwithcj.com
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. 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
As the song goes, “Be kind to our four-legged friends,” but what about our siblings, other relatives, neighbors, friends, or mere acquaintances?
Loving actions and empathic compassion are both wise and desperately needed in this violent, competitive world. Just how is it that each of us can live in such a way to contribute toward a happier, healthier, and more loving and sane home, school, community, and world? This is a big question, yet the answer is not out of reach. I well remember a young child once said to me “Martin Luther King was a great leader — he had big words. When...