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.
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
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.
Patrick Sweeney discusses the
quality of his teachers that attracted him the most: their radical freedom to be
spontaneous in the present moment. He shares how profoundly he has been
influenced by the work of Ken Wilber, in particular.