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Updated 12 Apr 2005



Latest Changes on this Website
2001 Membership Information
New Dharma Talks
Next Retreat

Lama Surya's New Book and CD
E-maho Newsletter 
Practice & Teachings Announcement
Chant Room Changes
Register your e.mail address

Weekly Words of Wisdom Archive
Ask the Lama Archive

Teaching Tapes Available
New Teaching Dates
Other Websites
Next Retreat

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Recently added to the site:

Oct 21 Event for Lama Surya Das in Los Angeles (5 Oct 2001)
Credit card option for membership dues (30 Sep 2001)

New choice for Lama Surya's Book Club (30 Sep 2001)
New teaching dates for Lama John Makransky (29 Sep 2001)

HH the Dalai Lama's Letter to the President of the US (17 Sep 2001)

Lama Surya writes on recent US tragedy (14 Sep 2001)

An ongoing list of the changes and additions made on the Dzogchen Center web is available here.

The ordering system for books, CDs and tapes from the Center has recently been completely overhauled and has a new look. Fulfillment has been moved to a new location, and additional products are now being offered. We hope that you will visit this area and browse.

Membership in Dzogchen Center for 2001


Lama Surya Das and his associated teachers hope that as many as possible will help the work of Dzogchen Center by becoming members. Please take a moment to read more about this.

To be a Dharma or Dzogchen Student within the Center's Mandala, ongoing membership is generally required; and all others are encouraged to support this vital work by joining. While various levels of contribution are suggested, these are simply guidelines. Any amount will be gratefully received and used to further the activities of Dzogchen Center.

If you prefer to contribute by credit card, please visit the Dzogchen Center Store and choose "Membership". This does mean that some of your contribution is lost to the Foundation by way of bank charges, but is especially convenient for our overseas members. If joining by credit card, please still fill out and mail the membership form.

Dharma Talks

We are delighted to present a new series of Dharma Talks given recently by Lama Surya. These teachings will be published on a monthly basis, with one new talk appearing at the beginning of each month on this site.

The latest talk is "Landscape of Dharma", published August 2001. Please also read Lama Surya's Introduction to these Talks.


Next Retreat

Autumn Intensive Eight-Day Meditation Retreat
with Lama Surya Das, Dr. Roger Walsh and Lama John Makransky

Camp Newman, Santa Rosa, CA.

Saturday 27 October to Saturday 3 November 2001

We hope you will be able to join us for the Autumn Retreat in the hills bordering Napa Valley. Dzogchen Center retreats have recently been oversubscribed, and it is therefore recommended that those wishing to attend should register as soon as possible. For further detailed information, including an application form, please visit our Retreats page


New Book
& CD

Awakening the Buddhist Heat



Chants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart

We are delighted to announce that Lama Surya Das' latest book, Awakening the Buddhist Heart: Integrating Love, Meaning and Connection into Every Part of Your Life (Broadway Books, 2000), is now available from Dzogchen Center, as well as in bookstores.

"Life is about relationship -- the relationship we have with ourselves, with each other, with the world, as well as the connection which is beyond any of us yet immanent in each of us. When our relationships are good, we feel good; when they are bad, we feel awful. Let's accept it: we need each other. We need to feel connected; we need to feel each other's presence and love."

This is how Lama Surya Das introduces his latest work. He defines the Buddhist heart as our own inner goodness -- our most tender, compassionate and caring self, our innate Buddha-nature. The Buddhist heart, Bodhicitta, beats within each and every one of us and is awakened through meaningful connections --connections to our families, romantic partners, our colleagues and work, our neighbors, society, and extending out to all living creatures, including ourselves.

The book also includes Lama Surya's translation of the rare and invaluable Thirty-seven Practices of a Bodhisattva - a timeless, legendary Tibetan text; along with his commentary. These practices for self-reflection help us think about how we live our lives and the lessons we can learn from mindfulness, love, and compassion.

An audio version of the book (abridged), read by Lama Surya, is also available.

Released at the same time is a companion CD, Chants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart, by Lama Surya Das together with award-winning recording artist, producer and sound healer Steven Halpern.

Lama Surya says: "These ancient, timeless Tibetan chants help us to awaken the Buddhist heart -- the radiant Bodhicitta (enlightened mind) innate in all beings. These are the chants and prayers I use in my personal meditations. If you chant these today, your spirit will awaken today; if chanted tonight, your spirit will awaken tonight. Just listening to them can help open the third ear and delight the third eye with inner vision, cosmic sound, primordial bliss and divine light."

Included on this beautifully-produced CD are the following chants:
Om Mani Pedme Hung
Purification Mantra of the Thousand Armed Chenrayzig (Avalokitesvara)
Tara's Mantra
Seven Line Prayer to the Lotus Born Guru
Wisdom Mantra from the Heart Sutra
Calling the Lama from Afar
Vajra Guru Mantra
Trikaya Buddha Mantra
Obstacle Removing and Path-clearing Prayer
Two Prayers to the Precious Master-guru
and other selections.

Selections from the CD are available on RealAudio in the Chant Room

Chants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart is available now on CD from Dzogchen Center as well as in book and record stores.

Lama Surya's last book, Awakening to the Sacred: Building a Spiritual Life from Scratch is now available in paperback from Dzogchen Center or your favourite bookseller.

That followed his previous bestseller, Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World, also available from Dzogchen Center


The Spring edition of E-maho, the Dzogchen Center newsletter, is current. It is available on-line and an announcement has been sent by e.mail to all Dzogchen Center members. This issue includes an enhanced layout with more graphics and new articles. Our thanks go to the Editor.




Practice & Teachings

Dzogchen Center is happy to announce that Lama Surya Das and Lama John Makransky regularly guide practice and give Dharma talks for the public on Monday evenings in Cambridge, MA.  

In addition,  Lama-led Vajrayana practices (including foundational practices, ngondro) and Lama-led Bodhisattva practices (including mind-heart training, lojong/tong-len) are offered regularly in weekend practice sessions, day-long and weekend retreats.  

Please see Teaching Schedule and Retreats on this website, as well as http://www.cambridgedzogchen.org/, for locations, times, and contact information.

The Chant Room

The Dzogchen Center invites you to visit its Chant Room - a peaceful and inspiring alternative to the chat rooms of other sites!

In the Chant Room, you can also hear tracks from Lama Surya's new CD - Chants to Awaken the Buddhist Heart, with award-winning recording artist Steven Halpern .


Words of Wisdom

Whether you are a new visitor to the site, or an old friend returning, the Dzogchen Center would like to make sure we have your current e.mail address on file. 

In thanks for providing this, you will receive a welcome message about Dzogchen from Lama Surya Das. If you haven't seen this yet, please be sure to do so.

You will also receive every week or so a short message containing precious Words of Wisdom selected by Lama Surya Das, as well as periodic newsletters and announcements from the Dzogchen Center.

Please note that our last newsletter to be sent by regular mail was dispatched during 2000 to all those on our mailing list. No further communications will be sent by regular mail, so the best way to keep in touch with the Dzogchen Center is to ensure that you have registered your e.mail address with us (if you do not have e.mail, keep watching this page!).

To stay connected, you can visit our greeting page, or go straight to register your e.mail. You can also unsubscribe at any time by sending an empty message to mailto:dzogchencenter@mlm.aval.net




Past weekly messages chosen for Dzogchen Center by Lama Surya Das are now available in the Weekly Words of Wisdom Archive.

To receive future Weekly Words of Wisdom, please sign up here.

Lama Surya also writes a periodic column for Beliefnet,  "Ask the Lama", in which he answers readers' questions. These articles can now be accessed from Ask the Lama Archive.


Tibetan Energy Yoga

Tibetan Dream Yoga


Sounds True have recently published four outstanding new teaching tapes by Lama Surya Das:


A highly-recommended collection of four audiotapes by Lama Surya Das is titled Natural Perfection: Teachings, Meditations and Chants in the Dzogchen Tradition of Tibet, and available from the Dzogchen Center. These comprise 5 hours of teachings and chants by Lama Surya in his unique style. Recorded in  Boulder, Colorado during March 1999, this tape set represents a comprehensive introduction to Dzogchen meditation.



In the videotape Tibetan Energy Yoga, he leads a 40 minute practice session drawn from the secret tantric teachings known as the Six Yogas of Tibet.



On audiotape, Tibetan Dream Yoga contains 3 hours of teachings by Lama Surya Das on how to cultivate our innate wakefulness from within the fabric of our dreams.



His latest videotape, Natural Meditation, teaches Dzogchen meditation practices, breathing exercises, skygazing and chanting in a 35 minute session.


These tapes are beautifully produced and contain precious material drawn from current teachings given in the Dzogchen Center's intensive retreat cycle. Written especially for publication on tape, they are highly recommended for all students of Tibetan Buddhism. Listening to tapes is an excellent way to engage in spiritual study, the second of the Six Building Blocks for Spiritual Development recommended by Lama Surya Das.

Support the work of the Dzogchen Center in making the Dharma available and accessible to all, by purchasing these tapes online directly from the Center. Your order will be shipped by return.

New Teaching Dates

The following dates have recently been added to Lama Surya's teaching schedule:

Oct 21 Event in Los Angeles (5 Oct 2001)
New teaching date in November at Cambridge Dzogchen Center (7 Sep 2001)

Recent schedule additions for other Dzogchen Center teachers: 

Lama John Makransky weekend at Tibet House in March 2002
Lama John Makransky weekend at St. Stephen's Priory in May 2002
Lama John Makransky weeklong at BCBS in May 2002


Other Websites

Lama Surya Das is also associated with two other websites to visit:

Surya.org showcases his books (see above) and includes RealAudio excerpts.

The American Buddhist Center presents a new look at contemporary spirituality, and includes excerpts from teacher Roger Walsh's new book, Essential Spirituality.

(The Dzogchen Center website continues to focus on providing in-depth coverage of the Dzogchen lineage tradition held by Lama Surya Das.)



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