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Awakening the Buddha within: Eight Steps to Enlightenmentby Lama Surya Das
Synopses & Reviews
Lama Surya Das, the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition, presents the definitive book on Western Buddhism for the modern-day spiritual seeker.
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.
With lively stories, meditations, and spiritual practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is an invaluable text for the novice and experienced student of Buddhism alike.
Drawing on three decades of learning from the spiritual masters of Asia, an American lama illuminates the sacred wisdom and practices of Buddhism and shows readers how to integrate them into their lives, relationships, and careers. Reprint. $50,000 ad/promo. Tour.
About the Author
Lama Surya Das, a leading spokesperson for the emerging Western Buddhism, is a Dzogchen lineage holder and the founder of the Dzogchen Foundation.Heleads lectures and retreats worldwide and regularly organizes the annual Western Buddhist Teachers Conference with the Dalai Lama.
Table of Contents
pt. 1. Discovering ancient wisdom in a modern world. We are all Buddhas ; A Tibetan prophecy ; Deconstructing the house that ego built — pt. 2. Walking the eight-fold path to enlightenment — the heroic journey. The four noble truths ; Wisdom training: seeing things as they are ; Step one. Right view: the wisdom of clear vision ; Step two. Right intentions: plumbing your wise Buddha-nature ; Ethics training: living a sacred life ; Step three. Right speech: speaking the truth ; Step four. Right action: the art of living ; Step five. Right livelihood: work in love made visible ; Mediation training: awareness, attention, and focus ; Step six. Right effort: a passion for enlightenment ; Step seven. Right mindfulness: keeping your eyes open ; Step eight. Right concentration: the joy of meditation — Epilogue: Toward a western Buddhism and contemporary Dharma.
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