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Awakening the Buddha within: eight steps to enlightenment (1997)

by Lama Surya Das

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This is a kind of book to be read on and off, spread out over time and giving time to absorb what's in it. And that's what I did. It is a thoughtful blend of inspiring stories from the history of Buddhism (Dzogchen lineage in particular) along with the author's own experience on the path towards enlightenment, as well as basic concepts of Buddhism, and very detailed practical meditation advice (quite doable!). Meditation is a way of life, the author says: "... think of daily meditation as a mental hygiene, a form of mental floss that retards truth decay". He warns against "instant-coffee mind" that most of us tend to have; he stresses the concept of "allowing": "The universe is beyond our control anyway. Trying to control things creates more stress, struggle, and irritating friction in the greater system". Practically all aspects of everyday life are touched upon in this book (no renunciation required), with the central idea being - "Living a mindful life is a sacred way of being in this world". I found it most appealing. I know I would be returning to this book over and over again: to re-enforce some of the things that I am already doing and to learn new notions. ( )
2 vote Clara53 | Dec 18, 2013 |
It is not often I can say that a book changed my life, but I can with this one. I just loved "Awakening the Buddha Within" and it helped me so enormously in my life that words fail me. If you have any desire to read about Buddhism and how it can help you (and in turn, the people and world around you), this is about the best place to start that I can think of. The funny thing is, this book was sitting on my shelves for about 10 years and I guess now was the right time for me to pick it up. Highly recommended for anyone either interested in learning about the practice, or even furthering it. Lama Surya Das is a wonderful storyteller, guide and just all around nice, interesting guy who easily spreads the joy (and yes, work) of being a better human being. ( )
  CarolynSchroeder | Mar 20, 2012 |
It probably took me longer to read this book than any other — over 2 years. But I like to think that I read it in a very Buddhist manner, that is, I savored and absorbed small chunks of it as I needed and could understand them. Written from a Western point of view, this book provides a thorough grounding in Buddhist principles and practices. I know I’ll be exploring more, and also returning to this book time and again for inspiration and grounding.

Read due to my interest in Buddhism (2001-2003) ( )
  sturlington | Aug 4, 2011 |
With the dizzying array of books on spritual enlightenment in general, and Buddhism in particular, I found this book superior to most. Lama Surya Das explains Buddhist terms and concepts in ways that are not confusing or koan-like. ( )
1 vote kayautic57 | Sep 9, 2008 |
I have a fundamentalist Christian background, and this was my first intro to Buddhism. Because the author is American and has a Judaeo-Christian perspective, the book was pretty accessible -- as far as any book on religion is accessible anyway. Gave me a new view of some of my Christian beliefs and opened me up to some psychological avenues of better managing my life. ( )
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Dedicated to my parents, Joyce and Harold Miller
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It is morning in the lush Kathmandu Valley.
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Tibetaanse wijsheid voor de weiteme mens De acht stappen naar verlichting
Mot De ontwakende Boeddha brengt Lama Surya Das de essentie van hel boeddhisme binnen handbereik van de moderne westerse mens. Het boek slaat een brug tussen Oosl en West, en tussen heden en verleden, want voor hel eerst wordt de eeuwen oude Tibetaanse wijsheid toepasbaar gemaakt in het hedendaagse westerse leven.
De ontwakende Boeddha staat vol verhalen, voorbeelden en spirituele oefeningen en laat zien hoe het boeddhisme ons leven kan verdiepen. In ieder van ons schuilt immers een Boeddha. Om deze slapende Boeddha te doen ontwaken is het heus niet nodig om naar eenTibetaans klooster af te reizen. Sterker nog, het boeddhisme is een universeel gedachtegoed en toont zijn praktische waarde juist hier in de moderne maatschappij. Het kan zowel thuis alsook in relaties en op het werk een helder houvast bieden bij belangrijke vragen.
Iedereen die op zoek is naar innerlijke vrede zal in De ontwakende Boeddha spirituele voeding, vernieuwing en betekenis vinden. Het boek biedt een toegankelijke en verrassende mengeling van het alledaagse en het wonderbaarlijke.
De uit New York afkomstige auteur is een westerse boeddhist die al meer dan vijfentwintig jaar de grote spirituele Tibetaanse meesters bestudeert. Surya Das kent het boeddhisme van binnen uit en is een veelgevraagd spreker op congressen en lezingen.
'Dit i-, een geweldige nieuwe weergave van de kern an het boeddhisme. Lama Surya Das integreert de essentie van de Tibetaanse leer op toegankelijke wijze in onze westerse cultuur.'
Jack Kornfield, auteur van Een licht voor jezelf.
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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

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Drawing on Buddhist spirituality and wisdom, this highly accessible guide offers Western seekers a realistic view of the world today. It is written with humour and compassion.

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