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Buddha Standard Time: One of the 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2011

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“A wealth of inspiration and practical tips for enjoying the Kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, now.” —Thich Nhat Hanh, bestselling author of Peace Is EveryStep

“For newcomers to Buddhism (and non-Buddhists interested in universal wisdom!) and ‘old hands’ at practice . . . [Das] promises nothing less than a liberated life, freed from angst over the tyranny of time, though the practice of loving presence.” —Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is An Inside Job

Internationally renowned meditation scholar Lama Surya Das delivers a penetrating and practical guide to discovering the power of living fully in the now. In the tradition of the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Noah Levine’s Heart of the Revolution, Buddha Standard Time is a roadmap to discovering your own inner kingdom of awareness, patience, and love.

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Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World

51JRGT88EBL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_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.

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Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation

519E9VJJ1DL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_For many people, recent years have been characterized by profound change, whether it relates to financial upheaval, political shifts, or even massive losses of life to disease and violence. Even on the personal level each person must confront the curves life throws his or her way. Buddhism has a great deal to say about change and impermanence and how to meaningfully deal with it. Change–whether on a large or small scale–provides our most important opportunity for learning about ourselves and the nature of reality. From this essential insight Lama Surya Das has crafted a fulfilling and important path to understanding and healing ourselves and finding peace.

Full of personal stories, anecdotes, practical exercises, guided meditations and reflections, and pithy original aphorisms, Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be addresses life’s most universal difficulties in a way that is accessible to all. By using memorable concepts such as The Virtues of Adversity, The Pearl Principle (“No inner irritation, no pearl”), and Gaining through Loss, Surya reminds readers that hiding from change and loss is futile. Learning to consciously accept and embrace change leads to a better understanding of ourselves and our own innate divine light.

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Awakening the Buddhist Heart: Integrating Love, Meaning, and Connection into Every Part of Your Life

51RET2JDQNL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_Surya Das illustrates how to develop authentic presence, how to connect to our own life experience, build deeper relationships, embrace life’s lessons, as well as learn how to love what we don’t like.

Everyone needs to feel connected, to love and feel loved, to reach out to others and communicate in order to overcome alienation, loneliness, and a feeling of being disconnected. In AWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART Surya Das shows you how to reach inward and outward.

By developing spiritual intelligence, a sense of compassion that helps us be more sensitive, more aware of our own feelings and the feelings of those around us, we become more intuitive; we relate better and love better. Cultivating spiritual intelligence and learning how to connect will improve our capacity for intimacy, making us better mates, friends, parents, and coworkers; it helps all of us to become more giving and brings us fulfillment, meaning, and love. With tremendous insight he explores specific ways in which we can more fruitfully relate to our own experiences as well as each other in today’s fast-paced, complicated, and often confusing world.

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Buddha Is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living

51XfN72vsaL._SY344_PJlook-inside-v2,TopRight,1,0_SH20_BO1,204,203,200_In the book you now hold, national bestselling author Lama Surya Das offers a thorough map to the richest treasure a human being can find—the Buddha’s advice for living to your true potential. Appropriate for new seekers as well as experienced practitioners, and accompanied by lively anecdotes and practical exercises, this is one of the most accessible books to date on the ancient and timeless wisdom of the Buddha. Buddha Is as Buddha Does is for everyone who seeks to become a better person and share in the bounty of true Buddha nature.

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