One Day Retreat – Make Me One with Everything

Date and Time – 16 April at 09:00–16:00 in CDT

Location – Highland Park Country Club
1201 Park Ave W, Highland Park, Illinois 60035

Ticket availablehttp://infinityfoundation.org/courses/spiritual-inquiry-practice/make-me-one-with-everything.aspx#register

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Lama Surya Das

Join Lama Surya Das, bestselling author and recipient of the 2003 Infinity Foundation Spirit Award, in his newest work from his most recent release “Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation”.

Lama Surya Das is one of the most learned and respected Buddhist teachers in the West and he invites you to experience a remarkable integration of traditional and original inter-meditation practices that allow you to see through the illusion of separation. If you have ever felt ‘at one’ with something—your beloved or your child, a forest trail, or a favorite song—then you have experienced inter-meditation.

Open to all levels of meditators

Finding Mindfulness, Even In the Heat and Rush of August

Not every book talk begins with a Buddhist chant and guided meditation. But that was the scene one evening last week at the Bunch of Grapes Bookstore, when Lama Surya Das, among the best known Buddhist authors in the country, spoke to a small group about his new book, Make Me One with Everything.

It’s also true that not every book about spirituality begins with a joke, but as Lama Surya said, “We have to lighten up as well as enlighten up.”

Lama Surya Das: “Letting go means letting come and go. We can’t just think about our own self help.” — Jeanna Shepard

So, what did the Dalai Lama say to the hot dog vendor?

Make me one with everything.”

It’s an old joke, Lama Surya admitted in his Brooklyn accent, but he took it a step further: After receiving his hotdog and paying the vendor, the Dalai Lama stands silently for a long moment. Finally, he says, “What, no change?” To which the vendor replies, “Change comes from within.”

With Buddhist prayer beads wrapped around his hand, Lama Surya spoke casually but mindfully about oneness, the illusion of separateness, and the practice of co-meditation, which is the topic of his new book, released in May.

“Letting go means letting come and go,” he said at the Wednesday evening event, inviting people to settle in for the talk. He spoke of the importance of seeing the oneness in every encounter — with friends, pets, natural elements like water and fire, and even oneself.

Co-meditation implies that inward-focused meditation — a popular practice in America — is just one type of meditation. “We can’t just think about our own self-help,” Lama Surya said, especially in a world that is increasingly interconnected. He advocated for bringing a practice to everyday activities and interactions.“Nature does it for me,” he said — and water in particular. He spoke of a different kind of meditation, where connection itself is the practice, rather than just concentration, or resting one’s awareness on a specific object or sensation.

“Water meditates me,” he said, describing the effects of a waterfall or a flowing stream. “It’s ridiculous for me to close my eyes and try to concentrate and observe my breathing in front of that. All I have to do is relax and breathe out into it.”

“That’s co-meditation.”

The sense of connection felt with a loved one or a teacher can be applied to all relationships, Lama Surya said, even the troubling ones.

Appreciative audience at Bunch of Grapes bookstore. — Jeanna Shepard

“The whole world is my body; consciousness my heart,” he said, referencing the Tibetan verse that opens the book. He explained that emotions and sensations are just the ripples on the surface of existence. “We don’t have to shut them off or suppress them. We don’t have to orphan the shadow sides of our psyche.”

As people browsed through the aisles of the bookstore, the author encouraged the small group gathered near the front window to befriend their difficult emotions and understand their oneness, even with their adversaries, through co-meditation.

He noted the current political cycle and the strong opinions it has engendered. But even people with opposite views are separated only by their past conditions, he said. Through meditation, “We start to see that we are them and they are us.”

Throughout the talk, he returned to the theme of being with, rather than against, what is. “That’s the secret of co-meditation,” he said. “Not having to get away from things to experience wholeness and oneness and peace and harmony.”

But he emphasized that co-meditation — a term he coined — is a practice, not just a belief.

Make Me One with Everything — the author’s 14th book — includes several co-meditation practices, along with a list of ancient Tibetan slogans aimed at attitude transformation. Lama Surya’s own spiritual lineage is in Tibetan Buddhism, which teaches, among other things, the importance of awareness in everyday life.

A question-and-answer period included topics ranging from how to experience connection when practicing alone (“What is alone?” Lama Surya asked) to how to improve relationships through acceptance and how to incorporate the idea of God into meditation. Most answers boiled down to the need to see through the illusion of separateness.

On the subject of vacation, Lama Surya saw the occasional getaway not necessarily as an escape but as an opportunity to connect with parts of the self that might be forgotten or pushed aside in everyday life. His own annual vacation on the Vineyard began after signing his last book at Bunch of Grapes.

One of his earlier books, which lay on the table as he signed copies of Make Me One With Everything, caught the eye of a visitor, who commented on the title. As she turned to leave, he held it out to her. She hesitated, saying she would feel guilty.

“Go ahead, guilt is good,” Lama Surya said, and signed the book.

Article Source –  http://vineyardgazette.com/news/2015/08/17/finding-mindfulness-even-heat-and-rush-august?k=vg560a719a850af&r=1

Awakening the Buddha – Lama Surya Das

An afternoon with Lama Surya Das in Melbourne. This clip shows the typical mix of guided meditation, visualization, entertainment and instruction. The course was organised and promoted by the Odiyana Center in Hawthorn, Melbourne. For More information about Lama Surya Das feel free to visit – http://www.videobash.com/profile/lamasuryadas

Lama Surya Das – Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations To Awaken From The Illusion of Separation

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Date(s): June 27 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
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“Everything can be meditated – It’s all grist for the mill, worthy of appreciation in its own way. Integrating the View, the bigger picture, the great perspective, with daily life.” ― Lama Surya Das

THE DAYLONG –

In these disconnected, plugged-in yet simultaneously tuned-out times, this unity-yoga of converge-itation, inter-meditative interbeing, which I call co-meditation, is a simple joyful path to overcome the illusion of duality and experience the renowned one-taste of tantric Mahamudra and Dzogchen, the natural Great Perfection.

These practical inter-meditations and tantric exercises open portals to oneness in nature, with others, with your higher deepest power, and beyond notions such as distraction and concentration or the conceptual separation between the sacred and the mundane.

THE NEW BOOK –

Lama Surya Das - Make Me One with Everything
Lama Surya Das – Make Me One with Everything

This, my thirteenth book, is dedicated to InterMeditation, or meditating “with” – Awakening Together – the practice and art of intimacy and union with whatever is, just as it is.

*Books will be available for purchase and for signing.

ABOUT LAMA SURYA DAS: Lama Surya Das has spent over forty years studying Zen, Vipassana, yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with the great masters of Asia, including the Dalai Lama’s own teachers. He is an authorized lama and lineage holder in the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism, and a personal disciple of the leading grand lamas of that tradition. He is the founder of the Dzogchen Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its branch centers around the United States. Surya has brought many Tibetan lamas to this country to teach and start centers and retreats over the years.

As founder of the Western Buddhist Teachers Network with the Dalai Lama, he regularly helps organize its international Buddhist Teachers Conferences. He is also active in interfaith dialogue and charitable projects in the Third World, and has recently turned his efforts towards youth and contemplative education initiatives, what he calls “True higher education and wisdom for life training.”

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Lama Surya Das’s views on Monks going into 200-Year Trances

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How the traditional death and mummification of a Buddhist monk turned into a wild Western fantasy

Recent reports from Mongolia that a recently discovered, 200-year-old mummified monk is not actually dead, but in a deep form of meditation, naturally sparked a good deal of skepticism in Western media.

Rumors of the monk’s non-death, however, have been greatly exaggerated.

The mummified remains of a Mongolian monk, sitting in the Lotus position
The mummified remains of a Mongolian monk, sitting in the Lotus position

First, the only person to have actually claimed the monk is “not dead” is an art professor in Ulaan Baatar. Reading the statement closely, it’s quite likely that the professor, Ganhugiyn Purevbata, was explaining the iconographic symbolism of the monk’s posture: the lotus position, the open left hand, et cetera. “This is a sign” may be better rendered as “this is a symbol.”

Second, it is a common practice in Vajrayana Buddhism (which includes most forms of Tibetan Buddhism, as well as many found in Mongolia) for the bodies of well-known teachers to be entombed sitting in lotus position, and preserved in salt. Indeed, most of the past Dalai Lamas have been preserved in this way, and can be seen to this day in the Potala Palace in Lhasa. It would not be unusual for a respected Vajrayana teacher to be buried in this way.

So where has all this “not dead—just meditating” stuff come from?

“There are no Zombie Lamas,” said Lama Surya Das, a Western-born Tibetan lama who has written several bestselling books on contemporary spirituality. “These aren’t just superstitions from the old world—that this person is immortal in his mummy-body. The point is that this monk was an enlightened meditation master who approached death consciously and with intention, who died in meditation, in posture, sitting up.”

“There are no Zombie Lamas.”

Following death, Surya Das explained, is the traditional period of tukdam, in which the body is biologically dead but the mind may or may not be. “Tuk means ‘Buddha-mind,’ and dam means ‘one with.’ So tukdam is absorption in the Buddha-mind. Tukdam starts when death occurs, and remains for some time—a few days, a week or two at the most. Eventually, the body slumps, and starts decaying, and it’s packed in salt and preserved.”

Most likely, this process is what took place in the case of the Mongolian monk. He entered a state of deep meditation, died, and then resided in the post-death tukdam state before being preserved.

I asked Surya Das—who I’ve known for many years and who, perhaps uniquely among certified Tibetan lamas, speaks with a strong Brooklyn accent and peppers his speech with jokes—what the purpose of such a bizarre practice might be.

For the dying person, Surya Das explained, the point is “to practice the teachings, point the way, model another way of being and of conscious dying and transitioning, and thus … benefit all beings, especially his followers.” In other words, it’s one final act of teaching: showing how powerful contemplative practice can be, how it is possible to meditate even on one’s final breath.

Lama Surya Das
Lama Surya Das

And for the community, Surya Das drew an analogy to preserving “the bones and relics of the great Catholic saints.” Essentially, he said, “people have traditionally believed that physical remains embody or carry some of the spiritual essence and blessings of the original saintly or sagely holy person. … So the body was left, as the master died that way, intentionally and purposefully seated in meditation, even after his tukdam was complete and the signs of physical death manifested more vividly.”

Nor are such practices only maintained in the steppes of Mongolia. Amazingly, Lama Surya Das said that he most recently witnessed a tukdam right in New York City, in the summer of 2014, when the widow of a famous lama passed away, “and sat in tukdam for ten days to two weeks,” while various rituals were performed.

In a nice touch, this all took place at a Buddhist center on West 16th Street, just a couple of blocks from The Daily Beast’s office.

Kenneth Folk, a well-known American Buddhist meditation teacher, had a somewhat more cynical view of the media coverage. “We in the West are often fascinated by Eastern thought, especially Buddhism, and many of us have fallen in love with the image of the Tibetan monk,” he said. The exaggeration in Western media is part and parcel of an orientalist fascination with “those wonderful cave-dwelling ascetics.”

For contemporary teachers like Folk, the real question is the opposite: “What are the real nuggets of Buddhist thought and practice that stick around even after we let go of magical thinking?”

This was Surya Das’s point as well. “This is not about zombies—although what is a zombie, really? Does it refer to the

walking dead, or walking around in this world without a heart or soul? That is the real question.”

And to that, a 200-year-old mummy provides no answers.

Change Is The Universal Law From Lama Surya Das

 words of wisdom from Lama Surya Das

After a long delay, we finally have some words of wisdom from Lama Surya Das once again.

This one is about the insight of impermanence – that change is the universal law.

“Change is universal law, and we are all changing. Yet too many of us are still dragging our heels and resisting incremental change, while the world around us is changing exponentially. We are increasingly interconnected, and yet still maintain a mentally of fragmentation and isolationist egotism. It seems that advanced technologies can help solve more problems now, and faster. This is an age of social mobility and choices–the choice to speak up and participate, the choice to make a change, the choice to be a leader. I am far more interested in inculcating leadership than follower ship among my students and truth-seekers. Tie around your own head the leash that leads from the tip of your nose.”

Meditation with Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das Retreats  Meditation is a solution to all human problems. It is our final destination. It is the ultimate love and final freedom. Meditation in one way is witnessing this world and this moment as it is without bringing in the mind. Meditation is a completely relaxing here and now. Meditation is the end of fear. Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars, one of the main interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, and a leading spokesperson for the emerging American Buddhism. The Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “The Western Lama.”

Meditation is an art to transcend beyond mind and close all doors of perceptions. Meditation is the end of all ideas and thoughts. Meditation in its ultimate sense is to know our true nature. Meditation is the end of all beliefs and beginning of truth. Meditation is awakening of a new being. Meditation is end of all desires and regrets. Meditation is the end of time. Meditation is the end of all illusions which are creation of mind. Meditation is a journey towards infinite intelligence.

Meditation is a like a flower that blossoms and gives fragrance without asking for anything in return. Meditation is like a flowing river. It is the end of seriousness and beginning of playfulness, celebration and joy. Meditation is purposeless, effortless and creative. Meditation is to let go completely.

To understand meditation, understanding the mind is a must.

  • Mind in very simple terms is composed of infinite thoughts. Thoughts give rise to imagination. It is thought that gives rise to past and future. Meditation ends all thoughts and brings within us a profound silence.
  • Mind is a desire for a better tomorrow and also the fear of the unknown. Mind is regret for past and for lost time.
  • Mind compares and judges. It is constantly comparing yesterday with today and, it constantly try to judge the other person. We all fall prey to our mind.
  • Mind is a constant chattering voice that never allows us to rest completely. Even in sleep mind is active and manifests itself in the form of dreams.
  • Mind is like a monkey jumping from one desire to the other.

It is the end of this turbulent and ever active mind that gives rise to meditation. Lama Surya Das has spent over forty years studying Zen, Vipassana, Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with the great masters of Asia, including the Dalai Lama’s own teachers, and has twice completed the traditional three year meditation. With guided silent meditation and Buddhist meditation retreats from Tibetan Buddhist master Lama Surya Das awaken your real self.