Lama Surya Das – Ep. 72 – Awakening with Mindful Awareness

Lama Surya Das - Ep. 72 - Awakening with Mindful Awareness

This time on the Awakening Now Podcast, Lama Surya Das examines the importance of cultivating mindful awareness in our journey of awakening.

Show Notes

Becoming Buddha (Opening) – Lama Surya Das looks at the possibilities for awakening presented by The Buddha’s teachings. He explores the important role that mindful awareness plays in this awakening.

“Buddhism is based on The Buddha’s enlightenment experience that he promised anybody can experience by cultivating such a path. Why become a mere Buddhist if you can become a Buddha?” – Lama Surya Das

Explore teachings and practices of mindful awareness that remind us of our Buddha Nature on Ep. 56 of the Awakening Now Podcast

Awakening with Mindful Awareness (18:50) – How can we combat our own ignorance and clear our view of what is? Lama Surya Das explores the transformative power of mindful awareness and how it opens the doors for awakening.

“How do we clear our vision? That is where I think Buddhism has a real secret to offer, mindful awareness. Spiritual self-realization is what cracks the ego.” – Lama Surya Das

Creating The Sacred Pause (30:35) – Surya Das closes with a reflection on the Dzogchen practices of natural mindful awareness.

“Create the sacred pause, as Tara Brach calls it, of mindful awareness. Give our minds more spacious time to between stimulus and response to choose a more skillful response, rather than react.” – Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das - Ep. 72 - Awakening with Mindful Awareness

To love ourselves, we must know ourselves. To love one another, we must know one another. But our assumptions, distractions, fears, expectations, and personal sense of unworthiness obscure these kernels of truth. As William James wisely explained, “Our view of the world is truly shaped by what we decide to hear.”
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