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LAMA SURYA DAS

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Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars, one of the main interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, and a leading spokesperson for the emerging American Buddhism. The Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “The Western Lama.”

Surya has spent forty years studying Zen, vipassana, yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with the great masters of Asia, including the Dalai Lama’s own teachers, and has twice completed the traditional three year meditation cloistered retreat at his teacher’s Tibetan monastery. He is an authorized lama and lineage holder in the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism, and a close personal disciple of the leading grand lamas of that tradition. He is the founder of the Dzogchen Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and its branch centers around the country.

Surya is the author of many books, including his latest release, Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now (May 2011). Awakening the Buddhist Heart: Integrating Love, Meaning and Connection into Every Part of Your Life(November 2000), and Awakening to the Sacred: Creating a Spiritual Life from Scratch (May 1999) are two of the three books that comprise his best selling Awakening Trilogy; the first trilogy of American Buddhism.