Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western by Lama Surya Das

By Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das, the main hugely informed American lama within the Tibetan culture, provides the definitive booklet on Western Buddhism for the modern day non secular seeker.

The radical and compelling message of Buddhism tells us that every people has the knowledge, information, love, and tool of the Buddha inside of; but such a lot folks are too usually like sound asleep Buddhas.  In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das exhibits how we will be able to wake up to who we actually are which will lead a extra compassionate, enlightened, and balanced life.  It illuminates the ideas and key ideas embodied within the noble Eight-Fold direction and the conventional 3 Enlightenment Trainings universal to all faculties of Buddhism:

Wisdom education: constructing transparent imaginative and prescient, perception, and internal figuring out -- seeing truth and ourselves as we actually are.
Ethics education: Cultivating advantage, strength of mind, and compassion in what we are saying and do.
Meditation education: working towards mindfulness, focus, and information of the current moment.

With full of life tales, meditations, and religious practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is a useful textual content for the amateur and skilled pupil of Buddhism alike.

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This is] a self that calculates about itself and that acts upon itself in order to better itself’ (Rose 1996: 154). This is how individualist and capitalist spirituality fulfil their function alongside such procedures as job satisfaction surveys, progress reviews and personal development, and through the expertise and techniques of human resources, life coaching and the like. For Carrette and King (2005: 16), individualist and capitalist forms of spirituality exploit ‘the historical respect and “aura of authenticity” of the religious traditions [whose teachings they appropriate] while at the same time separating [themselves] from any negative connotations associated with the religious in a modern secular context’.

The Ethics of Cultural Studies. London: Continuum. CHAPTER 2 Towards a Spiritually Engaged Cultural Studies How might cultural studies’ neglect of religion be investigated qua the politics of spirituality? Let me take John Frow’s reflections about his feelings of discomfort towards religion as a point of departure. Frow says: ‘Religion is an embarrassment to us; it’s an embarrassment to me, and above all because we Western intellectuals are so deeply committed to the secularization thesis which makes of religion an archaic remnant which ought by now to have withered away’ (1998: 207).

James, W. 2002. The Varieties of Religious Experience, Centenaryth ed. New York: Routledge. TOWARDS A SPIRITUALLY ENGAGED CULTURAL STUDIES 43 Jenkins, H. 1992. Textual Poachers: Television Fans and Participatory Culture. London: Routledge.  Barcan. 2006. Subtle Transformations: Imagining the Body in Alternative Health Practices. International Journal of Cultural Studies 9(1): 25–44. Jones, K. 2003. The New Social Face of Buddhism: A Call to Action. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications. Kraft, K.

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