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Lama Surya Das: The Secrets of Tibetan Mindfulness






Teacher(s):
LAMA SURYA DAS
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Lama Surya Das

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 40 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, Mass., and its branch centers around the country, including the  retreat center Dzogchen Osel Ling outside Austin, Texas, where he conducts long training retreats and Advanced Dzogchen retreats. He has brought many Tibetan lamas to this country to teach and start centers and retreats over the years. Founder of the Western Buddhist Teachers Network with the Dalai Lama, he regularly helps organize its international Buddhist Teachers Conferences; he is also active in interfaith dialogue and charitable projects in the Third World. He has recently turned his efforts toward youth and contemplative education initiatives, what he calls “true higher education and wisdom for life training."

Date(s): March 17 (Saturday)
Time: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Description: BECAUSE OF THE HIGH RESPONSE FOR THIS EVENT, WE HAVE MOVED IT TO A LARGER LOCATION: First Presbyterian Church, 1220 Second St.

"THE SECRETS OF TIBETAN MINDFULNESS: REMEMBERING TO REMEMBER"

Mindful living is renowned as an extraordinary way of loving and more fully accepting ourselves. Through the Practice of Presencing -- cultivating mindful awareness and lucid presence of mind, both in formal meditation and daily life -- we enable ourselves to live more fully and truly inhabit each and every moment. And Catching Yourself before things catch you is the very essence of mindful anger management, as well as equanimity and restraintful detachment.

There are six kinds of mindfulnesses or remembrances according to the Tibetan tradition. Lama Surya Das also has developed his own original scheme, based on the Tibetan Dzogchen tradition’s teachings: “One moment of total awareness is one moment of freedom and enlightenment. Nowness-awareness is the unfabricated natural Buddha-mind within."

In his original, light and lively interactive fashion, Surya Das will explain and instruct how these extraordinary facets of innate awareness are indispensable aids to boost enlightened living and authenticity, freedom and well being. "If you are not here now you won’t be then," says the American Lama.

ABOUT LAMA SURYA DAS: 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 40 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, Mass., and its branch centers around the country, including the retreat center Dzogchen Osel Ling outside Austin, Texas, where he conducts long training retreats and Advanced Dzogchen retreats. He has brought many Tibetan lamas to this country to teach and start centers and retreats over the years. Founder of the Western Buddhist Teachers Network with the Dalai Lama, he regularly helps organize its international Buddhist Teachers Conferences; he is also active in interfaith dialogue and charitable projects in the Third World. He has recently turned his efforts toward youth and contemplative education initiatives, what he calls “true higher education and wisdom for life training."


This workshop is suitable for new and experienced
meditators alike.
Location: First Presbyterian Church
1220 Second St., Santa Monica, CA 90401

PARKING:
100 Wilshire Parking Structure (at Wilshire and 2nd) ? green validation ticket required at exit. Free on Sundays from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The structure closes and is locked at 1:00 p.m.
Wilshire Palisades Building (at Arizona and 2nd) ? white validation ticket required at exit. When you exit, put in the original ticket, then the validated ticket clears the charge and opens the gate.
City Structure #2 (on Second Street) ? offers free parking (no validation ticket required) on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. The lot is across the street, opposite the Church. Parking on the street in front of the church is metered.

Please be aware that parking on the street on Sunday mornings is metered.
Contact the teacher Contact by email (expect responses Monday - Friday, only)
Level: All Levels
Cost:

Sliding scale from $30 to $50

Please pay at the highest level of the sliding scale that you can afford. This helps us make sure those who pay less can attend.

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Enrollment Limit: 400 | There are still openings for this event.