In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das explained the foundations of Buddhism and illuminated the Dharma path for Western readers. In his follow-up book, Awakening to the Sacred Four cassettes, 6 hrs. performance by the author
In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das explained the foundations of Buddhism and illuminated the Dharma path for Western readers. In his follow-up book, Awakening to the Sacred, he showed how to create a daily spiritual practice. While his first two books focused on developing an inner spiritual life, in AWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART shows listeners how to find a sacred dimension in our relationships with ourselves and others by actively taking our spiritual life out into the world. A more mainstream complement to his previous, AWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART shows how to develop a "spiritual intelligence" that reflects our relationships with each and every living thing around us.
By applying the precepts of Tibetan Buddhism into our Western lives, we can learn how to take our spiritual practice out into the world, and into our family and community life. As humans, no matter how devout, we need to feel loved, to feel connected to each other as well as connected to a spiritual practice, and the quality of our individual lives is vastly determined by the quality of our relationships. As Surya Das writes, everyone has room for improvement, whether it's in their relationships with coworkers, friends, family, pets, the natural world, the community, everything and everyone—each relationship is important and essential for spiritual growth and development.
Buddhism tells us that all of our bonds are sacred and sometimes our adversaries prove to be our greatest teachers. Surya Das teaches how to learn from those we love, as well as those we don't love, and how to let go of negative emotions while developing and expanding a spiritual intelligence. By providing specific exercises, meditations, and prayers to share spiritual energy with mates, children, friends, as well as strangers, and illustrated with contemporary Western situations that reflect Buddhist teachings, AWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART shows how by developing our spiritual intelligence we can find and nurture the sacred in all our relationships. ...Continua Nascondi