reprinted courtesy Huffington Post, 11/17/11 04:30 PM ET
by Lama Surya Das
Many people have been asking me of late if Steve Jobs really was a Buddhist. The answer is yes, and for many years.
He was a Zen Buddhist, which inspired his simple, informal, monkish black dress code and the meticulously minimalist yet elegant consumer products he so ingeniously designed. If you look at Vincent van Gogh's self-portrait as a Zen monk you'll find many similarities with that other famously difficult creative genius.
Perhaps Steve was van Gogh's tulku (reincarnation).Like Jobs, van Gogh was also...
The Zen of Steve Jobs: Right Livelihood
In this engaging article in the Huffington Post, Lama Surya Das discusses the late Steve Jobs in Buddhist perspective. Surya Das suggests Steve Jobs as an incarnation of Vincent Van Gogh, describes his personal interactions with Jobs, and how he exemplified the virtuous aspect of the Noble Eight-fold Path taught by Buddha: Step Five, Right Livelihood and True Vocation.
"Many people have been asking me of late if Steve Jobs really was a Buddhist. The answer is yes, and for many years..." Read the full Huffington Post article here
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REMEMBER TO REMEMBER
by Lama Surya DasA wise Zen master once gave his meditation students the almost unanswerable koan, or existential riddle: “What is the most important thing?”
September 11, 2001 was such a Zen teaching moment, a fit koan for our time. As Americans sought answers and spiritual...
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.
"Life in Buddha Standard Time" The Huffington Post, June 4, 2011
The fourteenth-century Christian theologian and mystic, Meister Eckhart, said:
To reach the now, where one is present to oneself and to God therein, I say to you, be awake.”
It's so simple that it's complicated.
People often ask me: How can I make time for meditation, yoga, prayer, and retreats when there is no time? Should I get up earlier? Stay up later? Work faster or less? What about my family and relationships? How do I create spiritual space for myself?
But there’s an underlying question: How can I give anything...
15 Jul 2008 |
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Tonight I was a guest on The Colbert Report tv show on Comedy Central channel, and Stephen Colbert asked me why Obama should become a Buddhist now that he’s left his church. (View the July 14 show with Lama Surya Das.)
There are actually TWELVE OFFICIAL REASONS WHY OBAMA SHOULD BECOME A BUDDHIST
12. Buddhists have more fun.
11. It’d be great to have a president for once who practiced right speech, right actions, right intentions and right livelihood, as Buddha taught.
10. I’d call him Head Lama Obama.
9. All the best people are. My religion is the best and the only way,...