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Awakening the Buddha Within

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The radical and compelling message of Buddhism tells us that each of us has the wisdom, awareness, love, and power of the Buddha within; yet most of us are too often like sleeping Buddhas.

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In Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who we really are in order to lead a more compassionate, enlightened, and balanced life. It illuminates the guidelines and key principles embodied in the noble Eight-Fold Path and the traditional Three Enlightenment Trainings common to all schools of Buddhism:

  • Wisdom Training: Developing clear vision, insight, and inner understanding - seeing reality and ourselves as we really are.
  • Ethics Training: Cultivating virtue, self-discipline, and compassion in what we say and do.
  • Meditation Training: Practicing mindfulness, concentration, and awareness of the present moment.

With lively stories, meditations, and spiritual practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is an invaluable text for the novice and experienced student of Buddhism alike.


"Das, who heads an institution dedicated to transmitting Buddhist contemplative practices and ethical teachings to Western audiences, here offers clear, understandable descriptions of Buddhist thought. His effort brings to mind several recent approaches, including Jack Kornfield's A Path with Heart (Bantam, 1993) and Charlotte Joko Beck's Everyday Zen (HarperSanFrancisco, 1989).

Like these books, Das's work makes difficult concepts accessible and demonstrates the possibility of spiritual practice as a part of everyday life, but it is unique in concentrating on Buddhism exclusively and on Tibetan Buddhism in particular. Neophytes may find the anecdotal passages helpful, but more seasoned students of Buddhism will probably tire of them and of the sometimes flippant tone. On the whole, however, this is a valuable addition to the growing practical literature on spiritual practice."      ~Library Journal

Once the holy Hasidic master Baal Shem sent Yacov Yosef, his second-greatest pupil, an outstanding scholar and Kabbalist, to test the learning of Yechiel, a prospective son-in-law for Baal Shem's daughter, Udel. Yechiel, like the holy master, came from a simple German Jewish family. When Yacov Yosef returned from his mission, he reported back to the Baal Shem Tov: "Yechiel answered, 'I don't know' to everything I asked him. I wonder about this guy..."

The Baal Shem Tov replied, "Oh God, I'd love to have such a man as my son-in-law."

The young man told the simple truth, which is sometimes easier said than done, and the old rabbi recognized his wisdom. Words can be gifts, words can be weapons, words can be magic; words can be prayer, poetry, or song. What is traditionally known as Right Speech is the third touchstone on the Eight-Fold Path. So speak your truth. Tell it like it is. There is no reason to do otherwise.

Author Surya Das, Lama (Jeffrey Miller)
Book Type Trade Paperback
Page Count 414 pp.
Publisher Broadway Books 1998
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