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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
"A warm, accessible, deep, brilliantly written exploration and adventure along the Buddhist path." --Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D.
"[T]his is a great achievement and I feel deeply grateful for it."
--Thich Nhat Hanh, author of Living Buddha, Living Christ
"This open-hearted offering of the Buddha's teachings ranges from fundamentals to magic. It is a wonderful gift."
--Sharon Salzberg, author of Loving Kindness
"Wise and wonderful, gentle and profound. . . . This is surely one of the finest spiritual manuals meant for a larger public and it succeeds brilliantly."
--Ken Wilbur, author of A Brief History of Everything
The clearest, and most penetrating explanation of Buddhist thinking aimed at western readers / seekers. A reassuring and refreshing rain of truth for the spirit.Published 8 days ago by Han Qi
Excellent book, easy to read and follow. Great advice only wish I could give it a higher rating. This is one book I will read over and over again.Published 4 months ago by Alex F. McDougall
One of the most amazing books I have ever read before. This is one of my favorite authors and have ordered other books by him.Published 5 months ago by Jesica Messom
This book really helped me look at life from a different perspective. It covers many different topics and has an abundance of information. Great for beginners. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Ger
I read this book slowly and practiced the meditations along the way. Great book.Published 13 months ago by Barbara WEst
Everytime I re-read it I uncover more valuable lessons on how mindfulness and Buddhist wisdom transform the human mind. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mashenka
I've read a few books about buddhism and it's teachings and this was by far one of the most easy reads. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eugenia Triandos