By Lama Surya Das
A superbly written, easy consultant to making a non secular lifestyles from scratch and connecting with the sacred in daily life.
All folks lengthy to connect to whatever more than ourselves, to adventure the sacred in our day-by-day lives, and to augment our feel of non secular enlightenment--yet frequently we don't recognize the place to start. Awakening to the Sacred is a unprecedented new booklet that offers seekers of all faiths with the instruments and practices they should construct a religious lifestyles from the floor up and to domesticate a divine presence in daily life.
In this dependent, inspiring booklet, Lama Surya Das--the such a lot hugely knowledgeable American lama within the Tibetan culture and writer of the bestselling Awakening the Buddha Within--integrates crucial Buddhist practices with various different non secular philosophies and knowledge traditions to teach you ways to create a customized religious perform in response to your individual person ideals, aspirations, and desires. via reflections on his personal lifestyles quest, considerate essays, and interesting tales, Surya Das examines the typical topics on the middle of any religious direction, together with religion, doubt, love, compassion, creativity, self-inquiry, and transformation. He then explores prayer, yoga, chanting, guided meditations, respiring workouts, and myriad different rituals, delivering sensible examples of every that we will use day by day to nurture our internal spirit.
Surya Das's particular and obtainable procedure emphasizes that we're all, by way of nature, non secular beings and that our lives are certainly choked with sacred moments. Awakening to the Sacred illuminates the usual meditations already found in way of life and exhibits how we will use them to rouse our hearts and minds and growth towards internal peace, happiness, and enlightenment.
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Neither defeat nor victory is seen as personal, so failure and success alike can be taken in stride. An organization is a vehicle for creative expression, which can bring goals to fruition. Entering into an organizational structure The Power of Zen 27 is invigorating because it provides avenues of command that enable you to create and fulfill a vision. But all too often, the structure presents a labyrinthine path leading only to frustration. It fosters a Kafkaesque feeling of helplessness by generating expectations that cannot be met, given limitations in resources or obstructions that often seem senseless.
Doing this can only be achieved by evoking the Hermit way to release from a partial outlook based on intuition beyond ordinary thinking. The aim is to be spontaneous yet decisive and strategic in handling crises by acting and reacting fully in the here and now, without the hesitation that lets opportunities slip away. Compared to many avenues to self-growth that rely on an otherworldly source of truth, Zen develops the potential for practical accomplishments possessed by each person but perhaps not yet realized.
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Awakening to the Sacred by Lama Surya Das