Enlightened Leadership

Thursday, May 16th at 2pm CDT with Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das


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Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. The Dalai Lama affectionately calls him "the American Lama". He has spent nearly forty years studying Zen, Vipassana, Yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with many of the great old masters of Asia, among them, some of 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 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 the recently released Buddha Standard Time (HarperCollins), and nine other books. In 1991 he established the Dzogchen Centers and Dzogchen Retreats (www.dzogchen.org) 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 Beliefnet.com, Tricycle magazine, and The Huffington Post. His blog, Ask The Lama, can be found at http://askthelama.com and his lecture and retreat schedule are listed at www.surya.org. He can also be followed on Facebook (Lama Surya Das) and Twitter (@LamaSuryaDas).

Lama Surya Das resides in Concord, Massachusetts.

About Enlightened Leadership

Buddha's renowned Eightfold Noble Path is the world's oldest extant business plan. It involves "right speech", "right livelihood", and "right action", as well as other aspects of how to conduct our lives-- at home and at work, including mindfulness, living in the now, and loving-kindness. What is right livelihood? Lama Surya Das, who the Dalai Lama of Tibet affectionately calls The American Lama, says it is "…our real work, and true vocation; making a life and not just a living, something we must co-create together in our workplace and community. All that we seek is available within, not just within ourselves but within each other, each relationship, and encounter; each moment. Let's exploit our own innate natural resources for a change, and give our external resources a break." In recognizing the necessity to acquire the skills needed to balance delivering tough business decisions with compassion, Surya Das, will help us discover how to balance a sense of equanimity and objectivity with compassion and caring as well as avoid burnout. We are all Buddha's by nature, temporarily obscured by adventitious emotions and illusions; we only have to awaken to that fact.