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May 14, 2020

Webinar: Lama Surya Das: Deepening Your Meditation Practice: Pithy Instructions Dzogchen Tradition

The Garrison Institute presents a live, interactive webinar with Lama Surya Das, an American lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. He is a poet, chantmaster, spiritual activist, and author of many popular works on Buddhism.

“One moment of total awareness is one moment of freedom and enlightenment.” – from the whispered oral pith-instruction

We are living in an unprecedented times of uncertainty, stress and even bewilderment. We are called upon to pay attention and try to stay balanced, keep calm and centered, patient, flexible, and to make good choices—but how? How to discern the truth amidst so many shadows, twists and smoke screens, both outer and internal? What makes you feel in touch with the good life and helps keep you grounded and connected, with it rather than against it all?

Mindful awareness and meditation practice is the foundation of true happiness and contentment, self-knowledge, inner peace and relational harmony. Of course, like other skills, the more you practice, the more effective you become. And quality counts more than quantity in genuine mind training and heartful spiritual practice. Outer religious outfits, rituals, utterances and postures don’t make the Sage. Try “Being there while getting there, every single step of the way. Being right here and now. Not waiting.” “We are all Buddhas, by nature; we only have to awaken to who and what we are.”

Now is the time to deepen your understanding and meditation practice by integrating insightful wisdom teachings, natural meditation instruction and essentialized wisdom-maxims, self-inquiry and questioning too, into your own spiritual practice, both on the meditation cushion and amidst daily life activities. Lama Surya Das, “The American Lama”, a meditation master with almost 50 years of regular experience and traditional Buddhist retreats under his belt, will guide participants through meditation practice while applying many of the especially pithy whispered tips and personal pointers from the Himalayan master meditators and yogis. Like: “Nowness-awareness is the authentic, unfabricated Buddha within.”

So, how do we open our hearts and minds and awaken, illumine, free and alleviate all living creatures? Let’s plumb deep and vast, all inclusively, actualizing innate wakefulness while remaining precisely present and lucidly aware through the Art & Practice of Presencing. Boosted by the ancient timeless Dzogchen tradition’s extraordinary yet practical-for-daily- life Nowness-awareness practices, here’s Buddha in the Palm of Your Hand, as a Tibetan text calls it.

Experience a meaningful and transformative live personal guidance “retreat” and sacred-energy transmission right from your home computer. You’ll learn skills like mindful anger management and emotional regulation, so useful and helpful for sustaining your own daily home practice and discover how to bring more ease, clarity, equanimity and compassion into your life and all your relationships.

“Letting go means letting things come and go, letting be, as it is.”

Participants are encouraged to bring their most pressing questions about their meditation practice, yoga or prayer life, religion or path, and how to live and further the authentic spiritual life today.

What You’ll Learn:
• The differences and similarities between conceptual mind, thinking, and the innate wakefulness of natural intelligence/awareness
• How to contemplate and apply one line maxims from the pith instruction lineage, in deepening and broadening ones meditation practice
• How the practice of mindfulness can be directly applied to eating and have a profoundly positive effect on your physical health
• How to discover deep joy through the practice of concentration • How to bring mindfulness into your relationship with your body
• How to cultivate the essential factors of sacred awakening and the mindful life
• The role that understanding impermanence plays in developing insight and equanimity
• How mindfulness has been moving into Western secular areas of health, psychology, and various related areas

This live webinar will be conducted on Zoom at 3pm EDT on Thursday, May 14. The webinar link will be emailed to participants within twenty-four hours of your registration. Registration for this live webinar closes at 2pm EDT on May 14. Please note that participation in the live webinar on Zoom is limited to the first 1,000 attendees. We will also be live-streaming this program on our Youtube.

Your support matters. Our vision for a more just, compassionate world has never felt more urgent. While we cannot share physical space together, we remain committed to a shared practice of social and spiritual care. We are thankful for the opportunity to create a virtual sanctuary during this time of physical distancing. If you feel called to support our work, we welcome your tax-deductible contribution toward our efforts. If you have any questions about this event, please contact us at events@garrisoninstitute.org.

Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. The Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “the American Lama”. Lama Surya has spent over forty five years studying Zen, Vipassana, Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with many of the great old masters of Asia, including some the Dalai Lama’s own teachers. He is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order, a leading spokesperson for Buddhism and contemporary spirituality, a translator, poet, meditation master, chant master, and social-spiritual activist. Lama Surya Das is the author of the international bestselling Awakening trilogy: Awakening the Buddha Within, Awakening to the Sacred and Awakening the Buddhist Heart, as well as his latest release, and first children’s book, The Yeti & The Jolly Lama: A Tale of Friendship, and eleven other books. In 1991 he established the Dzogchen Centers and Dzogchen Retreats and in 1993, with the Dalai Lama, he founded the Western Buddhist Teachers Network and regularly organizes its International Buddhist Teachers’ Conferences. Today, Lama Surya Das teaches and lectures around the world, conducting dozens of meditation retreats and workshops each year. He is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post and Elephant Journal, as well as writing his own blog Ask The Lama. At least one hundred of his essays and white papers, keynote speeches, poems and cartoons have been published. Lama Surya can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; his own podcast Awakening Now can be found on the Be Here Now Network. For more information on Surya, as well as his lecture and retreat schedule, go to www.surya.org. Lama Surya Das resides in Lexington, Massachusetts is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. The Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “the American Lama”. Lama Surya has spent over forty five years studying Zen, Vipassana, Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with many of the great old masters of Asia, including some the Dalai Lama’s own teachers. He is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order, a leading spokesperson for Buddhism and contemporary spirituality, a translator, poet, meditation master, chant master, and social-spiritual activist.

Lama Surya Das is the author of the international bestselling Awakening trilogy: Awakening the Buddha Within, Awakening to the Sacred and Awakening the Buddhist Heart, as well as his latest release, and first children’s book, The Yeti & The Jolly Lama: A Tale of Friendship, and eleven other books. In 1991 he established the Dzogchen Centers and Dzogchen Retreats and in 1993, with the Dalai Lama, he founded the Western Buddhist Teachers Network and regularly organizes its International Buddhist Teachers’ Conferences.

Today, Lama Surya Das teaches and lectures around the world, conducting dozens of meditation retreats and workshops each year. He is a regular contributor at The Huffington Post and Elephant Journal, as well as writing his own blog Ask The Lama. At least one hundred of his essays and white papers, keynote speeches, poems and cartoons have been published. Lama Surya can be followed on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; his own podcast Awakening Now can be found on the Be Here Now Network. For more information on Surya, as well as his lecture and retreat schedule, go to www.surya.org. Lama Surya Das resides in Lexington, Massachusetts.

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