Author: Lama Surya Das
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.
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.