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Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now Hardcover – May 24, 2011
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“Lama Surya Das is on our best teachers of universal wisdom. Buddha Standard Time is fairly dripping with insights. It’s like a treasure to keep near you at all times.” (Marianne Williamson, author of The Age of Miracles)
“Lama Surya Das offers a wise and sane way to navigate these times. This pragmatic book will be illuminating and helpful for anyone wishing to find the timeless amidst the rush of time.” (Joseph Goldstein, author of One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism and A Heart Full of Peace)
“I felt myself calming down as I read. Surya Das expands upon important wisdom from Tibetan Buddhism as well many other spiritual traditions, and shares this wonderful Native American quote, ‘Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.’ This book could be one of those blessings for you.” (Mary Pipher, author of Seeking Peace: Chronicles of the Worst Buddhist in the World)
“If your life feels busy, frantic, desperately stressed please read this book. Lama Surya Das is a rare and gifted teacher. I can think of few better guides in our time and he has given us a beautiful gift.” (Reverend Wayne Muller, bestselling author of Sabbath and A Life of Being, Having, and Doing Enough.)
“We all want more time. Surya Das reveals the open secret that we already have it, hidden within each moment. Discovering it is simple but not easy, and he gives us the tools and reminders to actally do it. Now. So let’s have tea....” (Mirabai Bush, Founding Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society)
“A wealth of inspiration and practical tips for enjoying the Kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, *now*.” (bestselling author Thich Nhat Hanh)
“If you want your future moments to sparkle with ecstatic awareness read this book.” (Ram Dass, author of Be Love Now)
“...the author carefully evokes the power of perception and the creation of space within time and all of its vast infinities. Das weaves together intricacies of living in the moment, sensing inherently the overwhelming power of now. Exhilarating and profound food for the timeless soul.” (Kirkus Reviews)
From the Back Cover
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, distractedand burned out . . . or we can awaken to BuddhaStandard Time, the realm of timelessness whereevery choice, every action, and every breath canbe one of renewal and infinite possibilities.
Buddha Standard Time shares one of the greatrealizations of Buddhism, an insight that anyonecan learn to apply. The minutes and hoursof our days do not simply march from futureto present to past. Rather, each moment isintersected by a fourth dimension. By learningto live in this dimension—Buddha StandardTime—we reduce the amount of stress in our livesand find greater focus, fulfillment, creativity, andeven wisdom.
Drawing on Tibetan Buddhism and other greatwisdom traditions, as well as on neuroscience andholistic traditions, renowned teacher and nationalbestselling author Lama Surya Das shares real worldexamples, practical exercises, and essentialtechniques.
The pace and pressure of today's world feels relentless.That is why, now more than ever, we need theancient wisdom contained in Buddha StandardTime. Far from being at the mercy of time'sdemands, we will finally realize that we have, infact, all the time in the world.
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
I have always been a fan of Lama Surya Das' Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World, and frequently recommend it to people interested in learning more about Buddhism, because it is accessible and grounded in daily life within the Western world. I feel that is a great strength of this book too, as he effortlessly glides from telling a story about a traffic jam he was recently in, to a Sufi parable, to describing the different kinds of human brain waves and how meditation impacts them. This fluidity and movement between stories from daily life that almost any of us can relate to, to religious themes, to neuroscience, keep the book engaging and relevant throughout.
It begins with chapters on mindfulness, a cornerstone theme through the book (and of course of Buddhism too.) As the book progresses, it moves closer and closer to exploring what he calls 'Buddha Standard Time', a level of consciousness and/or insight both outside of and within the 'linear' version of time that we normally experience.Read more ›
I found the material to be quite profound and yet available & grounded. Each chapter ends with some "small steps" anyone can take to start small and go slow. He makes it seem less daunting to begin to alter one's sense of time and to become mindful during a variety of moments we all move through each day. I also felt a sense that his spirituality is well honed by years of his own practice & not just a superficial Americanization of Buddhism. Take (back) your time with this book. It will reward.
Buddha Standard Time is a book that everyone who thinks they are so busy they have no time to even stop and enjoy a sunrise or sunset should read. It includes guides to help readers start living in the present moment and to enjoy things that they really want to do. It doesn't promise to expand your 24 hour day into 48 hours, but if you start practicing some of the steps and meditations, you may just find yourself with extra time in the day so you can start enjoying your "time" once again.
Overall, I found that the exercises are quite helpful in learning how to meditate and reconnect with nature. I highly recommend this book to everyone who needs help de-stressing and enjoying the time in a day again.
* Thank you to the publisher of Buddha Standard Time, Harper One, for providing me with a copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Bought it. Read it. Loved it. The perfect balance between accessibility and substance. I love how he talks about time in terms of the concept of nowness awareness. Read morePublished 27 days ago by M. Cheyne
This was a phenomenal read. It was very accessible and well-written, and also informative and educational, describing different meditation practices, helpful techniques to access... Read morePublished 5 months ago by PaceMyself
I have been following Lama Surya Dos for sometime and have been wanting to read this. While I have not finished it, it is an excellent book!Published 12 months ago by Roz
Great book, easy to understand and practical exercises a must readPublished 15 months ago by S. Shire
This is the third of Lama Surya Das' books that I have read, and I like it as much as the others. Those are a presentation of Buddhism and its concepts to a Western audience, but... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Tic Tac Toe
Well-written, approachable, practical. The title explains. In our lives we sometimes focus on the past or the future and neglect the now. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anne Swan