Awakening The Buddha Within : Eight Steps To Enlightenment by Lama Surya Das
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Lama Surya Das, known as the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition, has written a comprehensive book on Western Buddhism for those seeking spiritual enlightenment in the modern world.
Buddhism offers a path to enlightenment that is both profound and practical. In this book, Lama Surya Das combines ancient Tibetan teachings with a proven and nonsectarian approach to spiritual transformation.
According to Buddhism, each of us possesses the wisdom, awareness, love, and power of the Buddha within ourselves. However, many of us remain unaware of this potential. Surya Das shows us how to awaken to our true selves and walk the path of mindful and compassionate living, leading to liberation and peace.
This unique book serves as a bridge between East and West, offering meditations, spiritual practices, and lively language to help readers integrate the wisdom of Tibetan teachings into their lives.
Key Teachings of “Awakening the Buddha Within”
Surya Das explores the fundamental principles of Buddhism, which are common to all schools of the tradition:
- Wisdom Training: Developing clear vision, insight, and inner understanding to see reality and our true selves.
- Ethics Training: Cultivating virtues, self-discipline, integrity, and compassion in our actions and speech.
- Meditation Training: Practicing mindfulness, concentration, and awareness of the present moment.
The book also sheds light on karma, rebirth, letting go, conscious living and dying, and the mystical teachings of Dzogchen from Tibet.
“Awakening the Buddha Within” is an authoritative text suitable for both beginners and experienced students of Buddhism. It explores how sacred wisdom, contemplative practice, and altruism can be integrated into all aspects of our lives, including relationships, work, and home.
Lama Surya Das has studied and lived with spiritual masters in Asia for nearly three decades. He holds the Dzogchen lineage and is a prominent figure in Western Buddhism. Surya Das is a poet, translator, and full-time spiritual teacher who lectures, leads meditation retreats, and organizes conferences with the Dalai Lama. He is the author of several books, including “The Snow Lion’s Mane: Wisdom Tales from Tibet” and “Natural Great Perfection.”
In summary, “Awakening the Buddha Within” is a guidebook to enlightenment and a source of sacred wisdom for anyone seeking a more serene and beautiful life.