LAMA SURYA DAS BIO 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 calls him “The Western Lama.” Surya Das has been featured in numerous publications and major media, including ABC, CNN, MSNBC, NPR, The Boston Globe, Boston Herald, New York Post, Long Island Newsday, Long Island Business Journal, San Francisco Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, The Jewish Free Press, New Age Journal, Tricycle Magazine, Yoga Journal, and has been the subject of a seven minute magazine story on CNN. One segment of the ABC-TV sitcom Dharma & Greg was based on his life ("Leonard's Return"). Surya has spent thirty five 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 (priest and spiritual master teacher) in the Nyingmapa School of Tibetan Buddhism. He is the founder of the Dzogchen Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and its branch centers in New York City, New Jersey, California, Portland, and Texas. Founder of the Western Buddhist Teachers Network with the Dalai Lama, he is also active in interfaith dialogue and social activism and regularly organizes its international Buddhist Teachers Conferences. Surya Das is a sought after speaker, and teaches, lectures, and conducts retreats around the world. Lama Surya Das is a published poet, translator, and chantmaster (see Chants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart CD, with Stephen Halpern). He is the author of many books, including Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World, Awakening the Buddhist Heart: Integrating Love, Meaning and Connection into Every Part of Your Life, and Awakening to the Sacred (the three books that comprise his bestselling Awakening Trilogy, the first trilogy of Buddhism for the West). His newest books are Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be: Lessons on Change, Loss and Spiritual Transformation and Natural Radiance. Surya Das is a Contributing Editor to Body and Soul magazine, writes regularly for Tricyle and other magazines, and is a founder and board member of many Buddhist monasteries, centers and charitable projects in refugee camps in Asia. He writes a regular Ask The Lama column online at Beliefnet.com and is in demand as a speaker at conferences and symposia.
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