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.