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Awakening the Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das

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

Integrating Love, Meaning, and Connection into Every Part of Your Life by Lama Surya DasAfter reading Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das, I decided to check out one of his other books, Awakening The Buddhist Heart: Integrating Love, Meaning, and Connection into Every Part of Your Life.

Here’s the table of contents:

Introduction  1

1 Spiritual Intelligence – Connecting to the Bigger Picture  3
2 Awakening to the Deeper Love – A Buddha’s Love  27
3 Connecting to Your Life Experience  41
4 Developing Authentic Presence  61
5 Letting Go, Getting Real  81
6 The Connection Reflex – Building Meaningful Relationships  107
7 Finding Our Sacred Place in Nature  135
8 Joyfully Crazy and Wonderful Awakenings  157
9 Spiritual Alchemy – Embracing Life’s Lessons  175
10 Learning to Love What We Don’t Like  197

Epilogue  A Prayer for the New Millennium  219
Appendix  The Bodhicitta Practices of an Awakened Heart  221

Index  247

I have high expectations for this book and hope it’s every bit as good as Awakening the Buddha Within.

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Mingling Dharma with Your Daily Life (Awakening the Buddha Within)

Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya DasI really liked this section about cultivating mindful awareness from Awakening the Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das.

Mingling Dharma with Your Daily Life

When I lived in my teacher’s monastery in Nepal, the most traditional lamas had thick, handwritten books of power words or phrases known as mantras. These books included a mantralike benediction for every single activity. There was a mantra for walking through a door or eating a meal, just as there was a mantra for using the toilet. These mantras were significantly more than mere words or empty rituals performed mechanically by rote. They were used to bring a practice of mindfulness, meditation, and gratitude into everything that was done. Many Western families grow up with a tradition of saying grace before meals. In Buddhism, a moment of mindfulness is like a “grace”; these moments can consecrate every activity, waking each of us up to the sacredness of what we do, as we do it. In this way, we recognize everything we do as a spiritual activity.

Here are some ways that we can cultivate mindful awareness and bring meditation, calm, and clarity into our daily activities:

  • Breathe and smile. Relax. Take a moment to let go, and just be. Enjoy it.
  • Do standing meditation, while waiting in line for a movie or bus or train. Just stand there, breathe, and awaken.
  • Whenever you sit down or stand up, stop and appreciate a moment of change, of freedom.
  • Whenever you cross a threshold, go through a doorway, or enter a room, see it as entering a temple and do so reverently.
  • Walk barefoot in the grass or on a thick carpet and feel fully each sensation with your toes and soles.
  • Walk on the edge of a beach, where the water meets the sand, with your eyes closed, feeling your way along, totally vigilant and attentive.
  • Walk slowly upon crunchy snow or autumn leaves, attending to the crackle of each step.
  • Sing, chant, or pray till you totally forget and lose yourself; then stop and drop into a moment of inexpressible isness, completely beyond concepts, stories, and strategies.
  • Experience simple, repetitive work like sewing, embroidering, or even washing dishes as meditation in action, focusing totally on the moment in hand and nothing else.
  • Try doing manual labor in a sacred manner, just doing what you are doing as if it is the ultimate divine service, for it is.
  • When eating, chew each mouthful fifty or one hundred times, getting the most out of the food as well as being further nourished by the richness of the moment.
  • Try chewing one single raisin for several minutes and experiencing everything you can about it.
  • Before speaking, notice what motivates your words.
  • Set a beeper on your watch or alarm clock to ring every hour on the hour, reminding you to wake up and appreciate the miracle of every moment. Call yourself by name and say, “Wake up!”
  • Recognize the Buddha-light shining in everyone and everything and treat others accordingly.
  • Enjoy the indescribable joy and peace of meditation.

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Tips and Pointers for Building a Spiritual Life from Scratch (Awakening the Buddha Within)

Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya DasI really liked this section about bringing spirituality to daily life from Awakening the Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das.

Building a Spiritual Life from Scratch

Recently I’ve been going through some old notebooks, looking at some of the things that I wrote down at Lama Yeshe’s monastery. In one notebook, I found a “To Do” list called “Daily Necessities.” If you reflect upon some of these practices and bring a few into your life every day, you will be transformed.

The living Buddha, the Sixteenth Karmapa, said, “If you have one hundred percent dedication and confidence in Dharma teachings, every living situation can be part of spiritual practice. You can be living the practice instead of just doing it.”

Daily Necessities

Tips and Pointers for Building a Spiritual Life from Scratch

Pray
Meditate
Be aware / Stay awake
Bow
Practice yoga
Feel
Chant and sing
Breathe and smile
Relax / Enjoy / Laugh / lay
Create / Envision
Let go / Forgive / Accept
Walk / Exercise / Move
Work / Serve / Contribute
Listen / Learn / Inquire
Consider / Reflect
Cultivate oneself / Enhance competencies
Cultivate contentment
Cultivate flexibility
Cultivate friendship and collaboration
Open up / Expand / Include
Lighten up
Dream
Celebrate and appreciate
Give thanks
Evolve
Love
Share / Give / Receive
Walk softly / Live gently
Expand / Radiate / Dissolve
Simplify
Surrender / Trust
Be born anew

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Awakening the Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das

Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya DasI am about finished reading Awakening the Buddha Within: Eight Steps to Enlightenment: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das.

I highly recommend this simple, well-written book that brings Tibetan Buddhism to the masses.

Will write more after I finish the book

Click here to view the table of contents and here to read an excerpt.