Lama Surya Das talks about Buddha is as Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living.
Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist
meditation teachers and scholars. Born Jeffrey Miller, he was raised in
Valley Stream on New York's Long Island. After
graduating with honors from college, he traveled throughout Europe and
the East, and he has spent nearly thirty years studying Zen, vipassana,
yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with many of the great old masters of Asia.
Scott Eberle and Stan Grof discuss Eberle's The Final Crossing and Grof's The Ultimate Journey.
Scott Eberle talks about The Final Crossing.
The personal account in this story recalls "the final crossing" of
Steven Foster, one of the pioneers of modern-day wilderness rites of
passage, from the perspective of the hospice physician who helped ferry
him across. Interspersed with Steven and Scott's story is a historical
view of how the rites of passage movement and the hospice movement have
And the wisdom is this, in order to
complete a relationship you need to be able to say five things, and
this is particularly true when someone is dying.
Please forgive me,
I love you,
And in this very short
version of what I am developing to say that you don't have to wait for
people to be dying to do this work. And in fact I would strongly
encourage you not to wait for someone to be dying to do this
work. --Scott Eberle
Stan Grof talks about The Ultimate Journey. Grof, author of When the Impossible Happens,
offers perspectives on how individuals can enrich and transform the
experience of dying in our culture. Grof discusses his own patients'
experiences of death and rebirth in psychedelic therapy, investigates
cross-cultural beliefs, paranormal and near-death research, and argues
that death is not necessarily the end of consciousness.
Visit these websites for more information on their works:
Za Rinpoche, a Tibetan monk, first came to the world's attention
when his life story was chronicled in the first chapter of Po Bronson's
bestseller, What Should I Do with My Life? While growing
up in a refugee camp in Southern India, Za Rinpoche was recognized by
the Dalai Lama as the sixth reincarnation of the Za Choeje Rinpoche. Now, in The Backdoor To Enlightenment,
he shares with us the keys to immediate, profound realization and
lasting peace, revealing the secrets to enlightenment that have
remained hidden in the distant reaches of the Himalayas for more than a
From: Osho - Meditation:The Art of Ecstasy, Chapter 18
A flower that has never known the sun and a flower that has
encountered the sun are not the same. They cannot be. A flower that has
never known the sunrise has never known the sun to rise within itself.
It is dead; it is just a potentiality. It has never known its own
spirit. But a flower that has seen the sun rise has also seen something
arise within itself. It has known its own soul. Now the flower is not
just a flower; it has known a deep, stirring innerness.
How can we create this innerness within ourselves? Buddha invented a
method, one of the most powerful methods, for creating an inner sun of
awareness. And not only for creating it: the method is such that it not
only creates this inner awareness but simultaneously allows the
awareness to penetrate to the very cells of the body, to the whole of
one's being. The method that Buddha used is known as Anapana-sati Yoga
-- the yoga of incoming and outgoing breath awareness.
We are breathing, but it is unconscious breathing. Breath is prana,
breath is the elan vital -- the vitality, the very life -- and yet it
is unconscious; you are not aware of it. And if you had to be aware of
breathing in order to breathe, you would die. Sooner or later you would
forget: you cannot continuously remember anything.
A documentary about the life of Adi Shankaracharya - the
founder of the non-duality (Advaita Vedanta).The first and only Indian
movie to be made in Sanskrit. Directed by GV Iyer. With Sarvadaman D.
Banerjee, MV Narayana Rao, Manjunath Bhatt.
The Power of Now
has been widely recognized as one of the most influential spiritual
books of our time. A #1 New York Times bestseller, it has been
translated into over 30 languages. The book has helped countless people
around the globe awaken to the spiritual dimension in their lives, find
inner peace, increased joy and more harmonious relationships
To make the journey into The Power of Now
we will need to leave our analytical mind and its false created self,
the ego, behind. From the beginning of the first chapter we move
rapidly into a significantly higher altitude where one breathes a
lighter air, the air of the spiritual. Although the journey is
challenging, Eckhart Tolle offers simple language and a question and
answer format to guide us. The words themselves are the signposts.
A beggar had been sitting by the side of a road for over thirty years. One day a
stranger walked by. "Spare some change?" mumbled the beggar, mechanically
holding out his old baseball cap. "I have nothing to give you," said the stranger.
he asked: "What's that you are sitting on?"
"Nothing," replied the beggar. "Just an old
box. I have been sitting on it for as long as I can remember."
"Ever looked inside?"
asked the stranger.
"No," said the beggar. "What's the point? There's nothing in
"Have a look inside," insisted the stranger.
The beggar managed to pry open
the lid. With astonishment, disbelief, and elation, he saw that the box was filled with
I am that stranger who has nothing to give you and who is telling you to look
inside. Not inside any box, as in the parable, but somewhere even closer: inside
Thirty minute documentary on Stephens work. Broadcasted on national
television in Holland on 20 April, 2008 as "Boeddhisme Zonder Geloof" ("Buddhism
Without Beliefs"). It is in English with Dutch subtitles. It was made by Jurgen
Gude and Jaap Verhoeven for the Boeddhistische Omroep Stichtung (BOS). The first
independent Buddhist Broadcasting Foundation in the West to produce and
broadcast Buddhist programmes within a countrys Public Broadcasting
As all things are Buddha-dharma, there are delusion, realization,
practice, birth and death, buddhas and sentient beings.
things are without an abiding self, there is no delusion, no
realization, no buddha, no sentient being, no birth and death.
Buddha Way, in essence, is leaping clear of abundance and lack; thus
there are birth and death, delusion and realization, sentient beings
and buddhas. Yet in attachment blossoms fall, and in aversion weeds
To carry the self forward and illuminate myriad things is delusion.
That myriad things come forth and illuminate the self is awakening.
The greatest achievement is selflessness.
The greatest worth is self-mastery.
The greatest quality is seeking to serve others.
The greatest precept is continual awareness.
The greatest medicine is the emptiness of everything.
The greatest action is not conforming with the worlds ways.
The greatest magic is transmuting the passions.
The greatest generosity is non-attachment.
The greatest goodness is a peaceful mind.
The greatest patience is humility.
The greatest effort is not concerned with results.
The greatest meditation is a mind that lets go.
The greatest wisdom is seeing through appearances.