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Surya Das is like a Buddhist Johnny Appleseed, galavanting across the countryside, planting seeds of spirituality in bare patches of ground. He believes that we are all fertile soil for cultivating the sacred in everyday life. "We all have spiritual DNA," he says. In Awakening to the Sacred, Surya Das heightens his efforts to increase the planet's spirituality quotient by teaching people how to take advantage of their own spiritual resources. Whether Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, or atheist, we can all enhance our spiritual side. Certainly meditating is a good way, and there's no one better to teach us than this limpid lama. But even more familiar activities can help, like praying, creating a spiritual notebook, or reading spiritual books--even gardening and walking count. Surya Das excels at demystifying the mystical and urges the reader to capitalize on resources closest at hand. No need to look too far when we can draw inspiration and practices from our own traditions. So take that apple seed, thumb through Awakening to the Sacred, and nourish those precious roots of spirituality. --Brian Bruya --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
The truth is that I feel as though I learn as much from my students as they do from me, writes Surya Das, an American lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and the author of the popular Awakening the Buddha. Here in the West, he adds, it seems appropriate that student and teacher should share Dharma in this way, finding their way together. In this affable, conversational tour of spiritual ideas and practices, the author, calling himself a spiritual player-coach, reaches out to the broad audience in this country who experience spiritual longing yet arent harnessed to a particular teacher or tradition. Dividing his book into three sections, Surya Das moves from a discussion of such major themes as rebirth and faith to spiritual practices, giving clear, simple instructions in meditation and the cultivation of the moment-by-moment awareness that Buddhists call mindfulness. With a disarming lack of pretension or reticence, the author explains his personal take on fasting, psychotherapy and prayer. Some of the prayers that I use include the concept of God or Divine Source or spirit, he writes. As a Buddhist and a Westerner, I am completely comfortable doing this. Others may feel differently. The book concludes with Surya Dass description of his own Buddhist tradition of Dzogchen: Dzogchen is about recognizing and realizing who we are. The author emphasizes that Dzogchen is grounded in principles of naturalness, openness and authenticity, and he demonstrates these qualities throughout. Offering the reader fresh, authentic impressions that are clearly the result of his own spiritual work and reflection, Surya Das emerges here as a genial post-denominational spiritual teacher, one whose straightforward approach to the esoteric deserves to reach a wide readership.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
An excellent second volume in the introduction to Buddhism that Surya Das wrote. He makes key concepts very understandable to my western mind, while not dumbing things down.Published 4 months ago by michael
Words can not describe how utterly disappointing this book was. The language is arrogant and assuming. Absolutely not intended for the begining Buddhist. Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003
In this book, Lama Surya Das acts as your guide to discovering spirituality and what it means for you. Read morePublished on May 12 2003 by Thomas Hochmann
In light of other reviews here I may sound like a lone voice of dissent, but I really do have problmes with this book and much of Das's other watered down 'Buddhism for... Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2002 by Ian G. Harling
This book gives great insights into following the path of Buddhism and guides you through problems in everyday life when you think , your Buddhist principals are about to go out... Read morePublished on July 11 2002 by Bob K.
This is the second book I have read recently, authored by Lama Surya Das.
He puts things very simply, yet in a real manner. Read more
I spent a long time asking around for good book to introduce me to Buddhist thought practice. This book was simply wonderful. I can't give it enough praise. Read morePublished on Sept. 4 2001
Lama Surya Das has a way of taking spirituality and bringing it to a level where anyone who is interested can learn. Read morePublished on July 5 2000
This one won't get dusty on my book shelf! A GREAT book to refer back to on a daily basis and to share with friends! WONDERFUL work!Published on July 4 2000 by Crystal Rose, author of The Turning Point http://CrystalRoseCreations.com