By Lama Surya Das
In 2006 His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who calls Lama Surya Das the yank Lama, stated to an American viewers, "It isn't sufficient simply to meditate and pray, that are regularly great things to do, yet we additionally needs to take confident motion during this world."
within the means of awakening, the Buddha learned that every one folks, deep inside, are inherently ideal and entire, with the capability to beat affliction and remodel ourselves into forces for sturdy. during this booklet nationwide bestselling writer Lama Surya Das, one of many superior American Buddhist academics, bargains an intensive, tried-and-true map to the richest treasure a person can find--Buddha's suggestion for residing for your precise strength. via following those directions, you'll input right into a lifetime of larger pleasure, readability, peace, and knowledge than you ever idea possible.
no matter if you think about your self a Buddhist, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu, atheist, or agnostic, Buddha Is as Buddha Does permits you to replicate extra deeply upon the way you imagine, communicate, and behave in each one second and to discover extra closely your relationships with others. applicable for brand new seekers in addition to skilled practitioners, and observed via energetic anecdotes and sensible routines, this can be probably the most obtainable books so far at the historic and undying knowledge of the Buddha. Buddha Is as Buddha Does is for everybody who seeks to develop into a greater individual and percentage within the bounty of actual Buddha nature.
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He followed a lot of different teachers and took up different practices. For a while, he even became fanatical and was very harsh with himself and his body. But he soon realized that this was not the way to go either. In the end, he simply sat down and paid attention to the way in which his mind worked. What he saw was how busy his thoughts were and how difficult they were to control. After a while, he stopped trying to control them. With practice, his mind became quiet. With his mind quiet, the Buddha could finally see that so much of what we react to in the world is just something we have made up in our minds.
Look! There is pain. There is pain among people of all ages, races, incomes, and education levels. We are all experiencing discomfort. We are all suffering. Once you know this simple truth in your heart, it becomes the key to understanding the nature of your own existence. It may not happen in this very second, or tomorrow, or next week, but some experience or feeling at some time will bring this simple truth home to you. It will not be words in a book or a passing thought; you will feel it. It will open up before you and be as clear as the bright blue sky on the most perfect day.
But we easily forget our shared humanity. We become self-important and forget about everyone else around us. Even worse, when we do form a community we sometimes get to feeling that maybe ours is more special than others. ” If someone is different, then we shut them out. Maybe they go and form their own group and that group decides that it is more special. We have divided ourselves and we are now in competition. We have multiplied the problem. Now, instead of being individuals that feel separate and alone, we become big groups of separateness and aloneness.
Buddha Is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living by Lama Surya Das