Lama Surya Das asks disarmingly direct down-to-earth but enlightening questions, like “Why be a Buddhist when you can be a Buddha?” He titled one of his books, “Buddha is as Buddha does.”
This dialog will give him an opportunity to comment on how our spiritual practice relates to the world we leave to our grandchildren and their grandchildren and all future generations. The Dalai Lama recently told Surya Das that it is not enough anymore to pray and do monastic practices; in this time we have to do good works, and serve the whole. Surya Das will bring his early political activism and his lifelong spiritual practice to the very spiritual and very practical question of how we can create a healthy future for our society and our world.
In this dialog we’ll explore how such a social commitment can express itself in a way that is not uptight or anxious but balanced and happy. He will discuss our relationship to time, especially the 21st-century disease of time-sickness (never enough time). We’ll ask what it would mean to live on “Buddha Standard Time.”
Lama Surya Das:
Lama Surya Das is one of today’s foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars, one of the main interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, and a leading spokesperson for emerging American Buddhism. The Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “The Western Lama.”
While a college student, he attended antiwar protests, marched on Washington, and attended Woodstock. Then he spent almost forty years studying Zen, vipassana, yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with the great masters of Asia, including the Dalai Lama’s own teachers. He has twice completed the traditional three year meditation cloistered retreat at his teacher’s Tibetan monastery. He is also active in interfaith dialogue and social activism.
Lama Surya Das is a sought after speaker, and teaches, lectures, and conducts retreats around the world. He is a published poet, translator, and the author of many books, including Awakening the Buddha Within; The Mind is Mightier than the Sword; Buddha is as Buddha Does; and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be. When he’s not on the road, he lives and teaches in Concord, Massachusetts and teaches through his nonprofit, the Dzogchen Foundation.
HOW TO PARTICIPATE:
Sunday, November 16th @ 5:00pm Pacific,
“A Spirituality that Creates the Future” with Lama Surya Das
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The Beyond Awakening Team