Prayers for Belgium

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Please open your heart and join me in sending loving thoughts and prayers to our brothers and sisters in Belgium as they try to navigate a path thru this hideous day.

We stand with you, we embrace you, we pray for peace in our troubled world.

Let peace begin with Lama Surya Das.

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

Intermeditation – Lama Surya Das (Part 1 of 3)

Learn why the Dali Lama stresses this Buddhist teaching and these meditations above all other. Lama Surya Das shares the art of “inter-meditating” and two powerful Tonglen meditations from his book “Make Me One with Everything” and shows how we can we transcend the mundane into the sacred. Learn how to inter-meditate and see the world through someone else’s eyes. For more details visit here – http://www.fireitupwithcj.com/bodhichitta-tonglen-meditations-with-lama-surya-das/

Co-Meditate with your enemy (Lama Surya Das)

How do you learn to love your enemies or people who just piss you off? CJ shares her issues with Donald Trump to help kick off the meditation. Lama Surya Das, who Dali Lama calls the American Lama, steps us through a co-meditation. For more details visit here – http://www.fireitupwithcj.com/bodhichitta-tonglen-meditations-with-lama-surya-das/

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

Teacher(s):
LAMA SURYA DAS
TEACHER BIO

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.”

For more details visit here – http://www.insightla.org/1788/make-me-one-with-everything-with-lama-surya-das