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Awakening the Buddha Within | [Lama Surya Das]

Awakening the Buddha Within

This fresh and original work illuminates such key principles as karma (what we do does matter), rebirth (every moment is an opportunity to start afresh), letting go (simplifying our lives by clarifying our hearts and minds), as well as conscious living and dying, and Dzogchen, the ultimate, mystical teaching of Tibet.
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Publisher's Summary

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 this definitive and nonsectarian guide, the American-born and Tibetan-trained Lama Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who really are and thus walk the liberating, peaceful path of mindful and compassionate living. With lively language, meditations, and spiritual practices, the author provides a bridge between East and West, past, present, and future. Awakening the Buddha Within offers a complete yet accessible understanding of the unique teachings embodied in the traditional Noble Eight-Fold Path and its Three Enlightenment Trainings, common to all schools of Buddhism: Wisdom Training; Ethics Training; and Meditation Training.

©1997 Surya Das; (P)1997 Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Publishing, a Division of Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc.

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    Deborah Sebastopol, CA, USA 05-15-03
    Deborah Sebastopol, CA, USA 05-15-03
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    "Wonderful guidance!"

    This is my favorite book on Buddhism. Lama Surya Das presents the basics with humor and compassion, making the ideas accessible to everyone, regardless of spiritual background. I've listened to it several times and find it uplifting and motivating every time.

    15 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Anna San Antonio, TX, USA 03-18-03
    Anna San Antonio, TX, USA 03-18-03
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    "Great book for those on spiritual path"

    This was a fantastic book... I started listening to it and couldn't stop. I put on the head-phones went outside and listened to the tape and let my heart and soul follow.... Would recommend it to everyone!

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Richard Glenmora, LA, USA 03-12-04
    Richard Glenmora, LA, USA 03-12-04
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    "monkglen's perspective"

    Good reading (listening)-- Lama Surya Das is upbeat, and inspirational, but he is also very practically informative. He takes you to the seminal questions quickly and illustrates and clarifies with a rush of fresh breeze and a splash of light. Being from Brooklyn, he sounds really fun speaking of his Tibetan life. I developed a fondness for his approach. His other book on this site is excellent also. Some repitition but good repitition. I highy recommend this, especially if you can sit outside and listen to it.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    John Valparaiso, IN, USA 06-16-05
    John Valparaiso, IN, USA 06-16-05
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    "Excellent Introduction to Buddhism"

    Lama Surya Das provides a very accessible introduction to Buddhism, entertaining us with personal anecdotes along the way. His voice is very relaxing. After finishing the book, I was ready for more detail and more practical advice on daily practice.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Pearce Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada 12-04-09
    Pearce Spruce Grove, Alberta, Canada 12-04-09
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    "An Excellent Work"

    This was the best introduction to Buddhism I've yet read or listened to. Lama Surya Das does a great job explaining in modern day terms and with straight talk the four noble truths and the noble eight-fold path to enlightenment. I've read several books regarding Buddhism now and by far, to me, this work has been the best. He has a unique and inspiring way of teaching. When it comes to the meditation practices his voice is very soothing. So much so that I'm looking for a guided meditation CD by this teacher. I look forward to reading more of this author's work.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ripley Nox MidWest 07-02-08
    Ripley Nox MidWest 07-02-08 Member Since 2006
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    "Delightful"

    Incredibly insightful, relevant to modern life, warmly and lovingly narrated by the author. A book I will read again and again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    J. Clapp Fouke, AR 04-01-08
    J. Clapp Fouke, AR 04-01-08 Member Since 2005

    Heavy Listener wtih a mutlitude of interests. Enjoys Sci-Fi, Science/Tech, Fiction, Christian, and Historical books.

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    "May the Buddha watch over you"

    This is an excellent book. No matter your religion this could be used to help many people. It's main goal is to help you become "de-stressed" and live life with a love for all rather than the fast paced, my way or the highway that many people have. It would be totally a pleasure to be able to totally be immersed in Lama Surya Das's world for just a day or two. I loved hearing this book. I've read it already and each time I sat down and would read some I would always step away more relaxed and calmer than when I started.

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    Casey Bridgeport, WV, United States 05-20-12
    Casey Bridgeport, WV, United States 05-20-12
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    "Buddha for the rest of us."

    Lama Surya Das helps American listeners (readers) to truly identify with the predominantly Eastern traditions of Buddhism. Although his accent gets distracting (the author/narrator is from Long Island, FYI), he lets it be known that an American/Westerner, with American struggles, American strengths, and the daily life of an American is completely compatible with Buddha. For the most part I absolutely loved it. I went back several times to re-listen and write things down.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Melbourne, FL, United States 12-12-11
    Rick Melbourne, FL, United States 12-12-11
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    "Great listen for the Buddha Minded"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Wonderful insight and story of Buddha practice. If you are seeking to enter into Buddhism or if it is already part of your daily routine this book helps to see the path more clearly. Great, funny and insightful.


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    Aaron Matthews, NC, USA 04-28-10
    Aaron Matthews, NC, USA 04-28-10
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    "Read the book"

    This might be a good book to read, but the audio book is anything but enjoyable to listen to. The reader's voice is monotone and flat, and his accent is just plain annoying. I listened to the first 45 minutes and couldn't take it any more. I'm going to pick up the book at the library instead.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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