LAMA SURYA DAS
LIVING THE ENLIGHTENED LIFE:
Awakening the Buddha Within
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Friday Evening Presentation and
Saturday One-Day Retreat
Friday, May 21st at 7 p.m.
Saturday, May 22nd.
at: Golden Circle Center for Spiritual Living
How do I live a good life? How do I integrate my deepest spiritual self
with all the busyness and material concerns of my daily life? How can I
find happiness in the midst of all the pain, confusion and
disappointment I see all around me? Although these are timeless
questions, and the answers may seem out of reach, there is a key that
can unlock the true wisdom and unlimited love that lies within us. The
completeness of our authentic inner being is much closer than we
imagine. This is the teaching of the Natural Great Perfection, the
heart-essence of Tibetan Buddhism. Introducing this natural wisdom and
compassion is the life-work of Lama Surya Das.
We invite you to join this renowned spiritual teacher for a weekend of
relaxing, meditating and awakening to the joy of pure, naturally-arising
timeless awareness. We will meditate, chant, laugh and discuss. Lama
Surya Das will guide us with his liveliness and humor and there will be
ample opportunity for questions.
Foremost will be Lama Surya’s unique style of introducing us to the
Great Perfection. We will relax and sit in natural meditation:
just-sitting, just-breathing, just-being. With this simple approach we
become present in the immediacy of each moment. We rest in the sky-like
nature of awareness itself. We see how thoughts spontaneously arise,
abide, and disappear.
This introduction to the nature of mind, to our own Buddha-nature, is
the moment of recognition of who we truly are. It is not something we
have to obtain, create or fabricate. It is waking up to our own
intrinsic compassion, purity, joy, wisdom, and peace.
Out of that wisdom flows spontaneous compassionate activity—actions not
motivated merely by our own interests, but dedicated to helping all the
beings who live around us. This is the way to live the enlightened life.
This is the pathway out of the pain and confusion of our daily lives.
LAMA SURYA DAS
Lama Surya Das was among the earliest spiritual explorers
to encounter the great teachers of Tibet. He embarked on an intensive
two decades of study and practice, which included more than eight years
in secluded retreat. He began his teaching career in the U.S. with the
Dzogchen master Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche, who authorized him to transmit
the highest practices of the tradition: the teachings of the Great
Perfection. Many students have found that this is his special gift—his
ability to transmit the very pith of these instructions with expansive
warmth, poetry and abundant good humor. He has often said “my mission is
transmission.” Not only has he introduced thousands of students to
these profound teachings, he has reached millions through the
publication of 12 books that draw on his experience of 40 years as a
spiritual practitioner. His most recent work is The Mind is Mightier
than the Sword: Enlightening the Mind, Opening the Heart (Doubleday,
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