You are here

click image to enlarge

Awakening The Buddhist Heart

Integrating Love, Meaning, and Connection into Every Part of Your Life
Paperback Book
December, 2001
In stock now: 
$19.99 CAD
Banyen's Description: 

American-born lama Surya Das, author of Awakening the Buddha Within and Awakening to the Sacred, here teaches us how to integrate all the experiences of our lives, both “positive” and “negative,” into our spiritual unfolding. He teaches how to realize the spiritual connection and explore the sacred dimensions that exist in every kind of relationship.

Surya Das defines the “Buddhist heart” as our own inner goodness—our most tender, compassionate, and caring self, our innate Buddha-nature. Called Bodhicitta by the Tibetans, “the Buddhist heart is alive and well in all of us. It is just a matter of awakening to it”—through meaningful connections—connections to our families, partners, our colleagues and work, our neighbors, society, and extending out to all living creatures, including ourselves.

How happy we are with our relationships—with others, the world, and ourselves—largely determines how joyous and fulfilled we will be. Surya Das, with characteristic clarity and humor, shows us how to use what he calls “our innate Spiritual Intelligence” to build more loving and satisfying connections. His book helps increase our self-awareness and sensitivity toward others, making us better mates, parents, friends, co-workers and members of society. He illustrates with down-to-earth examples how to make our relationships more meaningful, and guides us through a number of valuable Buddhist practices that release negative emotions and enable us to learn from those we love—and even, perhaps especially, from those we don’t.

Surya Das evokes authentic presence, getting real, integrating relationships into our spiritual quest, and in an appendix, “The Bodhicitta Practices of an Awakened Heart,” he provides a contemporary rendering of “The Thirty-Seven Practices of a Bodhisattva,” which he found indispensable during his three-year retreat. Awakening the Buddhist Heart is a guide to actually living like the Dalai Lama, who says “My religion is loving-kindness.”

Surya Das is the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition. He also wrote The Snow Lion’s Turquoise Mane: Wisdom Tales from Tibet.

Publisher’s Description: 

Surya Das illustrates how to develop authentic presence, how to connect to our own life experience, build deeper relationships, embrace life's lessons, as well as learn how to love what we don't like.

Everyone needs to feel connected, to love and feel loved, to reach out to others and communicate in order to overcome alienation, loneliness, and a feeling of being disconnected. In AWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART Surya Das shows you how to reach inward and outward.

By developing spiritual intelligence, a sense of compassion that helps us be more sensitive, more aware of our own feelings and the feelings of those around us, we become more intuitive; we relate better and love better. Cultivating spiritual intelligence and learning how to connect will improve our capacity for intimacy, making us better mates, friends, parents, and coworkers; it helps all of us to become more giving and brings us fulfillment, meaning, and love. With tremendous insight he explores specific ways in which we can more fruitfully relate to our own experiences as well as each other in today's fast-paced, complicated, and often confusing world.The author of the best-selling Awakening the Buddha Within defines the Buddhist heart as our inner goodness - our most tender, compassionate and caring self, our innate Buddha-nature. Called Bodhicitta by Tibetans, it beats within every one of us and is awakened through meaningful connections to our families, romantic partners, colleagues and work, neighbors, society, and all living creatures including ourselves. This book explains how to use relationships as a vehicle for a sacred life.

Community Reviews

Login or Register to post a review