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If you dropped the Buddha into a modern metropolis, would he come off sounding like a 16th-century morality play or more like a drive-time disc jockey? Lama Surya Das doesn't spin platters for a living, but he does have a hip delivery that belies his years of sheltered training in Buddhist monasteries. In Awakening the Buddha Within, he borrows a time-tested bestseller format for a 2,500-year-old tradition that comes off as anything but ancient. With the "Five T's of Concentration," the question of "need or greed," and the story of the monk who bares his backside to prove a point, Surya Das invokes a path of wisdom that is as accessible and down-to-earth as a worn pair of loafers. It's not an easy path--it demands thought, effort, and discipline. But Surya Das is there for you, lighting the way to wisdom training, coaxing you into ethics training, and laying out step by step the path of meditation training. And if that's not enough to get you to live in the now, consider these words of the enlightened lama: "You must be present to win." --Brian Bruya
"A warm, accessible, deep, brilliantly written exploration and adventure along the Buddhist path." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
"[T]his is a great achievement and I feel deeply grateful for it."
--Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Living Buddha, Living Christ
"This open-hearted offering of the Buddha's teachings ranges from fundamentals to magic. It is a wonderful gift."
--Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving Kindness
"Wise and wonderful, gentle and profound. . . . This is surely one of the finest spiritual manuals meant for a larger public and it succeeds brilliantly."
--Ken Wilbur, author of A Brief History of Everything
If you are at all interested in Buddhism, but also are open to other beliefs, this book will be a blessing. I bought a hard copy back when it first came out, and it disappeared. Read morePublished 9 days ago by James Nelson
This book is a beautiful writing. Many will say it is centered on the author himself, but in reality it is written so the reader can relate their own self in the writing. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Steve
This book was recommended to me, I first checked it out from the library and loved it so much I purchased it shortly thereafter. His writing is clear, engaging and pertinent. Read morePublished 2 months ago by jessica selser
A great guide to Buddha's teachings from a westerner's viewpoint. Also look at "10% Better" if you liked this.Published 2 months ago by ramsau