Schlepping Towards Enlightenment with Lama Surya Das

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A Jewish lama from New York gives us a modern American update on the Eastern spiritual wisdom to which he has dedicated his life since the sixties. His gentle humor and sincerity sparkle through the hard reminders that "if it doesn't show up in life as common-sense, as sagacity, as sanity, what good is it?" He emphasizes "bringing the dharma home" to our daily life, so that whatever our spiritual belief or practice may be, it will be relevant "through and through our whole life." A worthy challenge calling us back to truth and integrity in everyday life. "If it's not here," asks Surya Das, "where would it be?" (hosted by Michael Toms)


Lama Surya Das is founder of the Dzogchen Foundation in Cambridge, MA.

He is the author of:

  • The Snow Lion's Turquoise Mane (HarperCollins)
  • Natural Great Perfection (coauthor) (Snow Lion)
  • Awakening the Buddha Within: Timeless Teachings from Tibet (Bantam Doubleday)
  • Letting Go of the Person You Used To Be: Lessons on Changes, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation (Broadway 2003)

Topics Explored in This Dialogue

  • How to make daily life into spiritual life
  • Avoiding overattachment to teachers
  • The power of being in the present moment
  • The developing character of Buddhism in the West
  • A boy in Texas who became God for a moment
  • Finding "Buddha mirrors" everywhere in life
  • How to identify your "impeccable vocation"
  • What a three-year retreat was like
  • A visit to Tibet
Host: Michael Toms      Interview Date: 6/7/1996       Program Number: 2571