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Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World Paperback – June 15, 1998
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"[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
More About the Author
Surya has spent over forty years studying Zen, vipassana, yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with the great masters of Asia. He is an authorized lama (priest and spiritual master teacher) in the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism as well as the founder of the Dzogchen Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and its affiliated branches. He is also the founder of the Western Buddhist Teachers Network annual conferences with the Dalai Lama.
As a best selling author, sought after speaker, teacher, and lecturer, he conducts retreats and workshops around the world. Surya is also a published poet, translator, and chant master. He has been featured in numerous publications and major media, including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, New York Post, Washington Post, Long Island Newsday, Long Island Business Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Jewish Free Press, New Age Journal, Tricycle Magazine, Yoga Journal, and The Oregonian.
One segment of the ABC-TV sitcom Dharma & Greg was based on his life ("Leonard's Return"). Surya has appeared on Politically Correct with Bill Maher and on The Colbert Report.
Top Customer Reviews
His astounding work is a source of inspiration and awareness that serves as a "handbook for living" that should be carried with us at all times and used often on our spiritual path. Regardless of the reader's religious or spiritual affiliation, these simple golden rules could change your life.
His introduction to the classic Buddhist teachings of The Four Noble Truths and The Eight-Fold Path are the most comprehensible and understandable that I have yet read. Finally, we are presented with a rich compilation that makes absolute sense and many readers will understand, for the first time, how to integrate this ancient Tibetan wisdom into everyday life.
Often, those of us curious about Buddhist philosophy and practice, find it hard to get beyond the dogma of the many teachings. Lama Surya Das succeeds in bringing the reader the most simple and fundamental ideas and lessons of Buddhism. Throughout the book, he reminds us to be responsible for our own thoughts and actions and to find the kindness, compassion and grace that are inherent in all of us.
For those challenged by meditation, Lama Surya Das strips away all the confusion and mystery around the practice of meditation and brings to the reader a profound understanding and "how to" guide to meditation -- the importance of which must be realized and embraced.
Toward the end of the book, he further reminds us that "We are modern mystics - living in monasteries without walls. The entire planet is our heaven on earth.Read more ›
"Awakening the Buddha Within" is similar in nature to the book, "The World of Tibetan Buddhism" a series of essays based on a three-day lecture given in London, England by the Dalai Lama and translated into English. However, if you are a novice to Buddhism, I would strongly recommend you first read, "Awakening the Budda Within". This book is much easier to understand, and the author simplifies the concepts of Buddhism in everyday terms for the western world. Lama Surya Das explains The Three Jewels of Buddhism - the commitment of Buddha, Dharma and Sangha or spiritual community, the Eight-Fold Path to Enlightenment, the Four Noble Truths and the importance of meditation in our lives. If you are searching for a better understanding of Buddhism in the contemporary world, or simply a more peaceful way of life, I highly recommend purchasing the "Awakening the Buddha Within." It is spiritually uplifting, refreshing and inspirational, and definitely one you will want to use as a reference, time and time again.
1. It doesn't have a condescending "you are not living your life right" tone (being a "recovering catholic," that's very important to me).
2. It doesn't paint Buddhism as the pessimistic religion.
3. Everything is presented as attainable. Never once do you find yourself saying "Oh, this is ridiculous! I could NEVER do this."
Quite on the contrary, it is very much life-affirming. Every time I pick it up and read a little more (it's slightly difficult for me to take in a lot at once ... it takes me a while to digest), I come away feeling very positively about my life and its directions. Nearly everything is put into real-life terms. I was afraid I'd get into it and it'd tell me to give away all my posessions, wrap myself in a sheet and walk the earth hoping for divine intervention. Of course, I'm exaggerating to make a point, but I figure if I thought about this, others must have, as well. Rest assured, for the average joe, this book is not a "breeze" to read, but it will leave you feeling very much positive about taking control of your own future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
written plainly and simply to help you understand who you really are, spiritually. it has many references to different buddha sects but it is not about becoming buddhist. Read morePublished 2 months ago by MARGARET
Chewing on this slowly. I'm only on page 132. There seem to be only a few pages so far with no outlines. This will remind you how selfish you are.Published 3 months ago by laf
Well written if you are looking for a lot of detail regarding mindset and deep thoughts.
For me, this book is a little dragged out - the author seem to want to included... Read more
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 5 months ago by James Nelson