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Recently added to the site:
Oct 21 Event for
Lama Surya Das in Los Angeles (5 Oct 2001)
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.
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
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.
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
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.
version of the book (abridged), read by Lama Surya, is also
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
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.
The Dzogchen Center invites you to visit its Chant Room - a peaceful and inspiring alternative to the chat rooms of other sites!
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!).
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.
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 5½ 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.
The following dates have recently been added to Lama Surya's teaching schedule:
Recent schedule additions for other Dzogchen Center teachers:
Lama Surya Das is also associated with two other websites to visit:
The American Buddhist Center presents a new look at contemporary spirituality, and includes excerpts from teacher Roger Walsh's new book, Essential Spirituality.
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