15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on May 24, 2011
Lama Surya Das has always had the ability to present deep truth in terms, which can be easily understood at first glance and revisited at different times of life yielding various and deeper insights with each encounter. I think this is one of the timeless (pardon the pun) wriings that will wear well over the course of a lifetime. The simple meditations and exercises fit anyone's time schedule and call to that which is common to humankind. Who does not get caught up in the beauty of the occasional sunrise or sunset, which catches us unaware by its spectacular display? I find these moments have more to do with my focus than the actual event. This is one of the teachings I took away from this newest book, to bring awareness to as many moments as I feel like. I refuse to put awareness on a to do list and make it a chore. By offering so many easy to do meditations, I feel pretty sure I can fit one of Lama Surya's suggestions into my day. The one that comes to mind first is breathing itself. Since I am already breathing, paying attention to an in breath and an outbreath once in a while, and stepping outside of clock time to rest in the stillness of that moment, seems brilliant. I hope everyone can have the opportunity to find time enough to be on BST (Buddha Standard Time). Lama Surya has certainly provided enough options for me to find a way to be more present. Maybe I will even find the time to take pleasure in the time I "find."
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on July 16, 2011
Buddha Standard Time by Lama Surya Das is the book to read if you are so busy that you think you don't have time to do things. Read this book and start to de-stress by getting back in tune with the natural time of things - not a clock.
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2011
As a person living in today's western world with a full time job, family, etc, Lama Surya's newest book Buddha Standard Time is a necessary, healing, and soothing medicine which comes at a crucial time. I too, like so many others nowadays, complain that I don't have enough time or energy to devote to my spiritual practice. Lama Surya's heart advice illuminates this fallacy for what it is- laziness, and a lack of focus or priority. He holds aloft the blazing torch of Buddhahood in the here and now, and reminds us that the Buddha is ever present and shining through every moment. This is a most rare and precious transmission. We would be doing ourselves and the world a great benefit by deeply listening and following his advice, learning to live in Buddha Standard Time. How amazing, how sweet it is. Thank you Lama Surya for upholding the light so that we too may see the light within ourselves and others.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
Whether one is a student in the university or a doctor, lawyer, professor, executive, professional or worker of any type, is there anyone in today's environment who is not faced with the seemingly impossible tasks to accomplish more with less while usually being constrained by that short but huge parameter we call time? Many of us literally race about with our demanding jobs and chores at our offices, homes, classes, autos, wherever, often leaving us with various levels of frustration, disappointment and lack of fulfillment. We become faced with our self-generated stress, often taking it home to spouses, children, loved ones, friends, colleagues--options which are not good for our mental, physical, emotional health. But recognizing this dilemma which so many face today, Lama Surya Das has stepped up in a `timely' manner and prepared for us a most interesting, sensitive, moving set of words and practices that have as their major focal point this seemingly lack of time in our modern and often hectic world.
Buddha Standard Time, Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now, is about various and numerous ways of slowing ourselves down, letting time seemingly move more slowly, move more with us rather than ahead of us, with the result our having more time, more quality time, less frustration and stress as we face our daily lives. Said differently, this book is about finding ways in our growing day-to-day race with time to live a more meaningful life generally, a more meaningful spiritual life in particular, a life more attuned to the basic rhythms of the natural world. It is a book about how to live our lives more peacefully within the uncompromising flow of all that seems to constantly confront us at every angle. It is a book about learning to be oneself, changing the ways we cope, and enjoying ourselves more while continuing to get our necessary activities performed.
The tools laid out for us in Buddha Standard Time are not surprising to those who have experience in studying Buddha dharma. These tools are essentially mindfulness, meditation, nowness-awareness and compassion. These powerful practices are smoothly integrated into each chapter's short applications called Time Outs and Mindful Moment (Meditations). Even with practice of a few minutes a day, the rewards to us and, hence, to those dear to us, are discussed throughout the book,
As many know from his previous books, including the best selling Awakening the Buddha Within, Lama Surya Das was trained for decades in the Nyingma and Kagyu Tibetan Lineages in Tibet, Nepal, and India, As one of the few Lamas of American birth currently teaching and practicing in America, he writes and teaches generally in the Tibetan Dzogchen Buddhist tradition.
So, to whom is this book directed? Buddhists or Dzogchen Buddhists? Yes to both, but the focus of this book is much broader; it is for all of us, particularly those who become frustrated and stressed with the frenzied pace of today's world. Whether one considers themselves Catholic, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, or those practicing Judaism, Islam, Atheism, Agnosticism, Buddhism, or whatever one's spiritual bent, this book, Buddha Standard Time, is for all of us.
Lama Surya Das is an enlightened thinker, teacher and writer. Buddha Standard Time is a joy to read, to learn from, to laugh with, to shed tears with. I highly recommend this book and it's timely, elegant messages to all.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2011
In this hyper-speed age of instant gratification it is becoming exceedingly difficult to find profoundly qualified spiritual mentors who have truly put in decades of deep mind training, and have discovered for themselves the inner peace for which we all yearn. Once found, such teachers may be hard to relate to, given their years of hermetic living. Lama Surya Das is a rare breed, deeply established in the traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, yet fully integrated into contemporary life. Full of compelling stories that reflect our familiar daily postures, this latest offering serves as a clarion call to find the very life of life embedded within our most mundane moments. Synchronization is recommended!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2013
If you have stopped for a minute or so in your busy schedule to read this review, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Surya Das distinguishes between linear time and Buddha Standard Time. The former is measured by clocks, watches, calendars, etc.; while the latter is more in tune with natural time and the ebb and flow of the seasons. There is wisdom here for both Buddhists and non-Buddhists, especially if you find yourself driven by deadlines, the clock, and your own inner self.
If you find yourself feeling that you have to stay connected 24/7; if you check your email several times a day and cannot bear to be disconnected from social media, YOU NEED TO READ THIS BOOK! Using suggestions including attention to the breath and the value of the present moment, the author seeks to move the reader from a hectic schedule or pace to a point where we regularly "breathe, smile, relax." I recommend the book and the practice. And as Surya Das concludes: "You have time."