Awakening the Buddha Within – Lama Surya Das

Awakening the Buddha Within -Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World

Author: Lama Surya Das
Published: 1997

 

Awakening the Buddha Within

Awakening the Buddha Within

Summary:

Lama Surya Das, the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition, presents the first comprehensive book on Western Buddhism for the modern-day spiritual seeker.

Buddhism offers a profound yet practical path to enlightenment in this loving and generous book, the American-born and Tibetan-trained Lama Surya Das offers at once a definitive and nonsectarian guide to the wisdom found in ancient Tibetan teachings and a tried and true path of spiritual transformation.

The radical and compelling message of Buddhism tells us that each of us has the wisdom, awareness, love, and power of the Buddha within; yet most of us are too often like sleeping Buddhas. In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who we really are in order to lead a more compassionate, enlightened, and balanced life. It illuminates the guidelines and key principles embodied in the noble Eight-Fold Path and the traditional Three Enlightenment Trainings common to all schools of Buddhism:

  • Wisdom Training: Developing clear vision, insight, and inner understanding — seeing reality and ourselves as we really are.
  • Ethics Training: Cultivating virtue, self-discipline, and compassion in what we say and do.
  • Meditation Training: Practicing mindfulness, concentration, and awareness of the present moment.

This fresh and original work illuminates such key principles as karma (what we do does matter), rebirth (every moment is an opportunity to start afresh), letting go (simplifying our lives by clarifying our hearts and minds), as well as conscious living and dying, and Dzogchen (the ultimate, mystical teaching of Tibet).

Here is a guidebook to enlightenment – a sourcebook of the sacred for anyone who wants to lead a more serene and abundant life.

Review:

When I first read this book in 1997, at the age of 41, my life was in turmoil and I was trying to find some internal peace and meaning in my life. I could not have found this book at a better time. As I read, it was as if Lama Surya Das was speaking directly to my heart.

From his poignant tale of losing a close friend in the shootings at Kent State to his whimsical story of his Jewish mother calling him her “Deli” Lama, Lama Surya Das (christened Jeffrey Miller at birth) had me turning page after page. His down to earth writing makes it possible for the people of the western world to understand the practices and principles of Tibetan Buddhism, which also align quite often with the principles of the Law of Attraction and the meaning of true abundance.

With enlightening stories, meditations, and spiritual practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is an invaluable text for the novice and experienced student of Buddhism and the Law of Attraction alike.

This book is a “must read” for those seeking spiritual and emotional enlightenment and abundance.  It can be purchased at Amazon.com.

5 thoughts on “Awakening the Buddha Within – Lama Surya Das

  1. Ashley A

    Hi Margot,

    This sounds amazing! As a child I was raised as a traditional Christian but I’ve always resonated strongly with various different types of religious theory and spiritual connection including the Buddhist practices. I think this is a great option for anyone trying to connect with their inner-self and gain lots of insight about who they truly are and what power they truly possess. Thank you so much for your review…I’m seriously considering buying this book!

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    1. Margot Post author

      Thanks for your comments Ashley. I can relate to what you are saying. I also was raised in a Christian household. I find as I’ve aged though, I am much more a spiritual woman than religious. This book truly is amazing! I’ve had mine for over 10 years, and the poor thing is so dog-eared…it’s one of those books I’ll have until the day I die. Now, as you can see from another review, I am a Kindle woman, but this is a book I cherish. He’s a true buddhist and a great author.

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  2. Karen W

    MARGOT. A VERY WELL WRITTEN AND THOUGHT OUT SITE YOU HAVE CREATED.JUST THINK IF EVERYBODY READ THIS AND PRACTICED SOME OF THE THINGS IN HERE, JUST THINK HOW MUCH BETTER WE WOULD ALL BE. I’LL HELP YOU ON YOUR JOURNEY. LOVE TO YOU

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    1. Margot Post author

      Karen, thank you so much! Let’s take this journey together as I know we have much to learn from and help each other. I look forward to and always admire your creative input, and hope to see you often for just that purpose!
      Love, light and abundance to you!
      Margot

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  3. dertyo.xyz

    With lively stories, meditations, and spiritual practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is an invaluable text for the novice and experienced student of Buddhism alike.

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