Welcome spring, welcome new beginnings – A Mesage from Lama Surya Das

Spring greetings from the fragrant hills overlooking Malibu, where we’ve just completed our annual spring Dzogchen Center’s weeklong Southern California retreat. The Franciscan mission-style Serra Retreat Center– built long ago on the burned out ruins of an original hilltop mansion here, called “The Castle of Emptiness”, created a perfect atmosphere of gentle quietude for our week of Dzogchen practice, sangha friendships old and new, and “koinonia” (spiritual communion and transformation). Their lovely meditation hall, complete with huge panoramic windows, coupled with vast ocean and mountain views, made skygazing meditations and prayerful devotions, along with daily mindful nature walks, all the more satisfying, especially in these tumultuous times. A new retreatant said she felt as if she’d “landed here at a retreat for angels.” Another told me, in a private guidance-interview: “I lived in a beautiful ice palace. This practice has really opened my heart, melted the frozenness, and almost ripped my guts out. I go home transformed and curious to see what’s next on this path.”

It was hard to beat the mid-March blizzard and get out of Boston by plane two weeks ago as I headed to Boulder, CO, where I was honored to give Naropa University’s Distinguished Lecture sponsored by the Lenz Foundation for American Buddhism. My visit allowed for time to visit with students and staff as well as teach a few classes. How wonderful to see so many avid young folks, and dedicated faculty and staff too. It was refreshing, inspiring, thought-provoking, and a bit challenging as well. Each and every Buddhist community is somewhat different. I finished my time in Boulder at Ken Wilber’s Integral Center, where our dedicated Boulder sangha held a day-long Saturday meditation retreat– the perfect way to end my stay!

This being my first travel in almost five months, unusual for me; it feels so good to be back in the saddle again. I’ve missed communing with my students and teaching actual meditation. And while my hip recuperation period is almost over, I’ll continue on with a bit more physical therapy and exercise, longevity practice, and chanting for a better world and more peace, harmony, mutual understanding, loving-kindness and cooperation. I hope to see ya in July for our next Dzogchen Center meditation retreat in Garrison, NY.

Welcome spring, welcome new beginnings!

With love and blessings,
Lama Surya Das

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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

Ram Dass & Lama Surya Das – What is the Way?

Watch Ram Dass and his longtime brother Lama Surya Das playfully explore the meaning of Sadhana (daily spiritual practice) in their lives. Join them from May 4-9th on the healing island of Maui for a transformational retreat, accompanied by daily yoga, chant, meditation and spiritual talks at an exotic beachfront paradise.

The How To of “Make Me One with Everything”

Date and Time
19 February – 21 February
19 February at 17:00 to 21 February at 15:00 in EST
Location
Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health
57 Interlaken Rd, Stockbridge, Massachusetts 01266

In these disconnected, plugged-in yet tuned-out times, this unity-yoga of converge-itation, inter-meditative interbeing– which Lama Surya calls co-meditation, or inter-meditation—The We Meditation, or We-ditation (not Me-ditation) is a simple joyful path to see thru the illusion of separation and experience meaningful connectedness and 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.

“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 is the Way, not seclusion or getting away from it all.” ― Lama Surya Das

For more details visit here – https://kripalu.org/presenters-programs/make-me-one-everything-buddhist-meditations-awaken-illusion-separation

My Metta Practice

Metta Practice With Lama Surya Das
Metta Practice With Lama Surya Das

As I travel on book tour around the country this month, my formal meditation sitting practice is really challenging but oh so necessary. I like to use as a Go-To the Metta practice I have evolved with over the years.

Metta (maitri) is the practice of loving-kindness meditation and friendliness taught by the Buddha himself, 2,600 years ago. It is a vital component of the Buddhist wisdom teachings and their daily practice as applied compassionately in life. I have taken the basic sacred phrases from the Metta Sutra (Loving-kindness Scripture) and added many of my own over the years as they come up for me in my own prayer and chant life; you are welcome to do the same

Try repeating them with loving-awareness at the conclusion of your own daily meditation, or at any time you wish, however briefly–in your car, walking, in an elevator or airplane, washing dishes, making the bed, or anyplace, anytime. The essence of loving-kindness is WOW, wishing others well. This can be applied at every single encounter, in every kind of relationship–human, animal and otherwise–and is a discreet Bodhisattva’s way of blessing, reverencing, and cherishing every single sentient being, of whatever color, or nationality, age or gender, religious or political persuasion– day to day, moment to moment, whoever you may encounter along the Path.

May I be happy, content and fulfilled.
May all beings be happy!
May we all be equally peaceful, safe and serene.
May all beings be free from harm, danger and fear.

May we walk together the path of wisdom and compassion.
May I practice loving kindness.
May I practice equanimity, acceptance and non-reactivity.

May I be free from suffering and enjoy peace and ease.
May my heart remain open.
May I enjoy and appreciate the holy Now.
May I awaken to the intrinsic Light of my own original true nature.

May I be healed and whole again;
May the planet be healed and restored.
May I recognize my intrinsic interconnectedness and interdependence with others,
And help overcome inequality and poverty through generous sharing and nonattachment.
May I live in gratitude and grace.

May I love deeply, and with full acceptance, and may I open my heart also to receive love.
May I forgive and be forgiven.
May I be free from suffering, stress and anxiety.
May I see the radiant light in all people and things, including those who disagree with me.

I bow to true Buddha-nature, equally innate in one and all.

I dedicate the merit of this Metta practice to the harmony and deliverance of one and all! May they be edified, awakened and free!

Original Source – http://askthelama.com/post/123033645788/my-metta-practice

Lama Surya Das Weekend in Southern California

Start – 25 Jun 2015 Time – 7:00 PM
End – 28 Jun 2015 Time – 5:00 PM
Location – Various

Thursday, June 25 at 7:00 pm:
Bookstore Event at
BOOK SOUP
8818 W Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069
For details visit the event page.

Friday, June 26 at 7:00 pm:
Bookstore Event at
VROMAN’S BOOKSTORE
695 E. Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91101
For details visit the event page.

Saturday, June 27 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Public Workshop by Lama Surya Das hosted by InsightLA
MAKE ME ONE WITH EVERYTHING
Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation
Note venue: Lama Surya‘s Saturday teaching will be at:
Crossroads Elementary School Community Room, 1634 18th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90404
For more information and/or to register for this, visit InsightLA’s event page.

Sunday, June 28 at 2:00 pm:
Private Gathering of Students
Newport Coast, CA
At capacity; wait-list only.
For those already reserved, you should have received a Confirmation/Information email. If not, please email to receive a duplicate copy of that message.

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.