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By Lama Surya Das

A superbly written, easy advisor to making a religious lifestyles from scratch and connecting with the sacred in daily life.

All people lengthy to connect to whatever more than ourselves, to event the sacred in our day-by-day lives, and to reinforce our experience of non secular enlightenment--yet frequently we don't comprehend the place to start. Awakening to the Sacred is a rare new ebook that gives seekers of all faiths with the instruments and practices they should construct a non secular existence from the floor up and to domesticate a divine presence in daily life.

In this dependent, inspiring ebook, Lama Surya Das--the such a lot hugely proficient American lama within the Tibetan culture and writer of the bestselling Awakening the Buddha Within--integrates crucial Buddhist practices with a number of different religious philosophies and knowledge traditions to teach you the way to create a customized non secular perform according to your individual person ideals, aspirations, and desires. via reflections on his personal existence quest, considerate essays, and exciting tales, Surya Das examines the typical issues on the center of any religious direction, together with religion, doubt, love, compassion, creativity, self-inquiry, and transformation. He then explores prayer, yoga, chanting, guided meditations, respiring routines, and myriad different rituals, delivering sensible examples of every that we will use day by day to nurture our internal spirit.

Surya Das's specific and available procedure emphasizes that we're all, by way of nature, non secular beings and that our lives are certainly packed with sacred moments.  Awakening to the Sacred illuminates the average meditations already found in lifestyle and indicates how we will use them to rouse our hearts and minds and growth towards internal peace, happiness, and enlightenment.

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But that reaction is different from the reaction which society and yourself, through experiences, have built up, which has become your conditioning. When you see a tree, when you see a sunset, if you do not react, you are paralyzed. But when you react according to self-pity, according to your conclusions, according to your habits, according to your failures, successes, hopes, despairs, such reaction leads to incomplete action and therefore to the continuity of more conflict, more misery. I hope you see the difference between the two kinds of reaction.

There is a feeling of the totality of the earth, of the beauty, the richness, the extraordinary potency of the earth; but you can feel that total splendor only when you are not committed to anything. In the same way, you can get the feeling of total action only when you are not committed to any particular activity, when you are not one of the “do-gooders” who are committed to this or that party, belief, or ideology, and whose actions are really a form of self-centered activity. If you are not committed, then you will find that the conscious mind, though involved with immediate action, can put aside that immediate action and inquire negatively 53 into the unconscious where lie the real motives, the hidden contradictions, the traditional bondages and blind urges which create the problems of immediacy.

Because it is a marvelous escape, a way of resolving all his problems by avoiding the constant lapping of life on the banks of his mind. He does not understand this movement of life, he does not know what it is all about, but at least his self-discipline and his belief give him a sense of safety, security, and there is always Jesus, or Buddha, or God at the end of it; so the man who is committed to such a course is perfectly happy. He says, “What is there to doubt? It is all quite clear. ” All this I have not said cynically or harshly.

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