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Awakening the Buddha Within

Narrated by: Lama Surya Das
Length: 3 hrs and 5 mins
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Lama Surya Das, the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition, presents the first comprehensive book of Western Buddhism for the modern-day spiritual seeker.

Buddhism offers a profound yet practical path to enlightenment. In this loving and generous book, the American-born and Tibetan-trained Lama Surya Das offers at once a definitive and nonsectarian guide to the wisdom found in ancient Tibetan teachings and a tried and true path of spiritual transformation.

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. Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who we really are and thus walk the liberating, peaceful path of mindful and compassionate living. With lively language, meditations, and spiritual practices, this unique book provides a bridge between East and West, past, present, and future.

Awakening the Buddha Within offers a complete yet accessible understanding of the unique Buddhist teachings embodied in the traditional Noble Eight-Fold Path and its Three Enlightenment Trainings, common to all schools of Buddhism:

  • Wisdom Training: Developing clear vision, insight, and inner understanding - seeing reality and ourselves as we really are.
  • Ethics Training: Cultivating virtue, self-discipline, integrity, and compassion in what we say and do.
  • Meditation Training: Practicing mindfulness, concentration, and awareness of the present moment.

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.

In this wonderful marriage of the timeless and the timely, Surya Das has written an invaluable, authoritative text for the novice and the experienced student of Buddhism alike. Awakening the Buddha Within reveals how sacred wisdom, contemplative practice, and altruism can be integrated into our outer and inner lives - in our relationships, in the workplace, and at home.

Here is a guidebook to enlightenment - a sourcebook of the sacred for anyone who wants to lead a more serene and beautiful life.

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

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A perfect introduction to Dharma teaching

A stirring, beautifully written and delivered introduction to The Noble 8-Fold Path. Explained clearly and with authority.

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wonderful

I am delighted to have discovered the wisdom of Lama Surya Das when I really needed it. This book is a joy to listen to, I felt like he was speaking directly to me. highly recommended

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  • Deborah
  • 15-05-03

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.

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  • Anna
  • 18-03-03

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!

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  • Brett Grierson
  • 09-08-17

A Third of the Written Book

This audiobook contains about a third of the written book's content. It is disappointingly shortened and leaves out most of the detail and insight which made the book so valuable.

Save your money and buy the actual book, until they release a full audiobook version.

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  • Pearce
  • 04-12-09

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.

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  • egbreder
  • 02-07-08

Delightful

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

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  • John
  • 16-06-05

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.

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  • Richard
  • 12-03-04

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.

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  • J. Clapp
  • 01-04-08

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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  • raven roytblat
  • 11-03-15

Excellent

After listening I know that I can do this. I will reach nirvana and live a very rich life. I'm so very thankful for being point toward this book!

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  • Dharmamitra Jeff Stefani
  • 23-12-13

Great Book, Great Teacher; Poorly Abridged

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