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Lama Surya Das

How to Find the Right Mindfulness Teacher for You

Ira Israel | Posted 08.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

When I meet fellow mindfulness teachers I sometimes ask, "What do you think the difference is between mindfulness and Buddhism? If the teacher starts prattling on about brain states and alpha waves and prefrontal cortexs and amygdalas, I will wish him or her the best and quietly excuse myself.

My First Encounter With the Sixteenth Karmapa

Lama Surya Das | Posted 06.07.2014 | Religion
Lama Surya Das

The true guru never dies: He or she is a principle, an archetype -- not limited by mortality. I carry him in my heart; he carries me and us all in his.

My Hindu Bar Mitzvah

Ira Israel | Posted 10.02.2013 | Healthy Living
Ira Israel

Back in 2000 when my dear friend Sabine Chaloupy took me to see her guru Amma in New York City, let's just say I that was ready to pooh-pooh the whole thing. Hugging? Really...? Are you serious? Whatever....

A Buddhist Practice For Keeping Your Cool

Lama Surya Das | Posted 09.07.2013 | Healthy Living
Lama Surya Das

Discovering methods to deal with these challenging emotions is essential in leading a healthy and well-balanced, happy and harmonious life. I believe that it is important to realize that anger has its own function, intelligence and logic, and we should not entirely try to suppress or eradicate it -- even if we could.

The Power of One

Lama Surya Das | Posted 06.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Lama Surya Das

I believe this troubled time calls on us to open our minds and hearts to the innumerable connections we share with others -- in our families, communities, social systems, and on our planet -- and strive to understand what it means to be human now.

Giving Comfort: The Heros in Our Midst

Lama Surya Das | Posted 06.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Lama Surya Das

Obviously, we live in violent, anxious, fragmented times. If we can't disarm our heart and root out the seeds of anger, hatred, fear and greed, we will inevitably have more senseless killing in front of us. If we don't pull together, we'll be pulled apart.

Enlightened Leadership: Kings, Queens and the 99 Percent

Lama Surya Das | Posted 03.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Lama Surya Das

Offer your selves, your vessel, and your boat by developing a greater, long-term relationship to life and appreciating one's meaningful part in the whole. There is no sitting back. Life is precious and tenuous; handle with prayer.

Spiritual Responsibility and Cult Awareness

Lama Surya Das | Posted 08.20.2012 | Religion
Lama Surya Das

Traditional long intensive practice retreats and monastic training rules of reasonable efficacy are well known to sometimes take unprepared people over the edge.

Empowering Our Nation: The Importance Of The 2011 Kalachakra For World Peace

Lama Surya Das | Posted 09.18.2011 | Religion
Lama Surya Das

There was a great diversity and a sense real friendliness and camaraderie at the event. This is especially delightful when one considers the current state of the world, the economy and our violent times.

Who Decides Who Decides?

Lama Surya Das | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lama Surya Das

Watching the recent election results, I've certainly noticed that the pendulum of public opinion seems to swing back and forth in much shorter cycles ...

Canceling Your Subscription to Enlightenment

Arjuna Ardagh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Arjuna Ardagh

Spiritual seeking may have a defining end; the process of embodiment, on the other hand, is endless. It is a relaxing, the allowing of more love, more presence, more creativity to flow.

Grace: Setting a Bold Agenda for the New President

Cathleen Falsani | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cathleen Falsani

Obama's election was, for many of the leaders present at the Global Peace Initiative, an indication not only of a shift in political power, but of spiritual power as well.