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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (4,591 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Lama Surya Das Narrator: Lama Surya Das Publisher: Bantam Doubleday Dell Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2001 ISBN:
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The radical and compelling message of Buddhism tells us that each of us has the wisdom, awareness, love, and power of the Buddha within; yet most of us are too often like sleeping Buddhas. In this definitive and nonsectarian guide, the American-born and Tibetan-trained Lama Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who really are and thus walk the liberating, peaceful path of mindful and compassionate living. With lively language, meditations, and spiritual practices, the author provides a bridge between East and West, past, present, and future. Awakening the Buddha Within offers a complete yet accessible understanding of the unique teachings embodied in the traditional Noble Eight-Fold Path and its Three Enlightenment Trainings, common to all schools of Buddhism: Wisdom Training; Ethics Training; and Meditation Training. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 2/18/2014

    " This was the first buddhist book I ever read. It is the reason for me finding my home in spirituality. It is well written, clear and moving. You will learn a lot from this book and it will help you find your path. I recommend this book to anyone searching for a spiritual direction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rodney | 2/16/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is well written, interesting and enlightening...as a book on Buddhism should be. The easy writing style and relevant examples made this book real to me and I left it with a better understanding of Buddhism and how it relates to my world. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 2/12/2014

    " This book tells you how to live like a Buddhist, without being a monk. There are behaviors in life we can all practice and you don't have to renounce Christianity to be a part of it. Treat others better, find meditation in everything you do, and be a better person. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cassie | 2/9/2014

    " An excellent primer on Buddhism - covers the bases, but is very approachable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Juliet | 2/2/2014

    " For about six weeks, I carried this book with me everywhere I went. The train ride to and fro work was spent with my head inside this book, as I ate up what LSD was serving. His writing is so open to the American learning about Tibetan Buddhism. I love the stories he shares from his own life and those of the teachers he's met along the way. Of course, this book changed my life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Wendy | 1/22/2014

    " A book to read and re-read. Different things resonant depending on where I happen to be on my path... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Starr Daphne | 1/17/2014

    " This is a great book everyone read it i recommend it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jason | 1/14/2014

    " Seeking wisdom from a religion outside of ones own heritage can be so refreshing and laden with new insight. This is an excellent example of writing meant to connect readers with a wealth of spiritual truth, and in the process impart a deeper sense of happiness and compassion. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amy | 1/7/2014

    " This a great guide to open your mind to Buddhism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pam | 1/5/2014

    " A beautiful, comprehensive, and accessable guide to the Noble Eightfold path. I recommend it to anyone who is even slightly interested in Buddhism or the Dharma teachings. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jason Pola | 12/29/2013

    " One of the greats in buddhist litterature. Lama Surya Das has incredible way of making the teachings of the Buddha understandable and practical to apply in daily life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Peter | 12/24/2013

    " An excellent study in application of Buddhist philosophy to one's own life. There are a million of these books out there, but this one resonated with me as crystal clear and applicable to my own life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer Laurent | 12/9/2013

    " This is a book that will remain with me throughout my life. I have read it a couple of times and listened to it as well. It is a definite must read for anyone seeking growth and spiritual awakening. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ms. | 11/11/2013

    " I was surprised and moved. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carrie | 9/12/2013

    " I like this book. I go to it when I need an attitude adjustment in order to view life the way I seem toots enjoy it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cyndi | 5/30/2013

    " My favorite book on Buddhism. Easy to read and follow. It explains the beasic tenets in a simple, but interesting way. Lama Das is so cool because he gre up in NYC so he's really down to earth and easy to relate to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 1/15/2013

    " With the dizzying array of books on spritual enlightenment in general, and Buddhism in particular, I found this book superior to most. Lama Surya Das explains Buddhist terms and concepts in ways that are not confusing or koan-like. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 12/21/2012

    " I enjoyed the book. Lama Surya Das explains Buddhist ideals and concepts in a way that Westerners can grasp. If you want to learn/understand about Buddhism this is a great book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kissiah | 11/18/2012

    " I just loved it! It helps readers put what is truly important (about the self) into perspective in order to live from a higher (Buddhanature) place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viv JM | 8/25/2012

    " A very readable (if slightly too wordy!)guide to following the Buddha's Eightfold Path. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 pri | 8/18/2012

    " good. good overview of basic buddhist principles mixed with real-world stories and humor. a good place to start "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kimberly | 7/24/2012

    " One of the most important books I've read. My copy recently found its way back to me; it's a gift to have it back on my bookshelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sabina | 6/15/2012

    " It's a great text to understand the principles of the Eightfold Path and how to apply it in today's world. I often refer back to this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lois | 12/31/2011

    " I constantly return to this book, I've read it and reread it and never tire of Lama Surya Das. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy Beverly | 12/30/2011

    " Awakening the Buddha within really will awaken you. It will go from the philosophy to the practice and how to truly embody the spirit of this religion. It also gives you a great insight to the person Surya Das. A very good read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lara Heisler | 12/17/2011

    " This book made Buddhism accesible to me, and was really helpful to me during a difficult time. I learned a lot, and have bought this book for many friends. Love it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tija | 9/19/2011

    " Amazing. Touches all aspects of one's life. If anyone feels unsettled in any part of their life, I think this book can help give you tools to bring calming and peace, along with a little history of ancient buddhism. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 7/23/2011

    " A wonderful book, so clearly written and enlightening. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sande Waybill | 5/14/2011

    " I recently reread this as it is a favorite book of mine. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Theresa | 4/22/2011

    " I thought it was interesting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 3/21/2011

    " In the top 5 list of books that changed my life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stephen | 3/13/2011

    " A well thought our introduction to basic Buddhist practices and concepts. A text that encourages one to start meditation and not worry about results. A solid start to the Dzogchen meditation tradition. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/29/2011

    " I had to read this for my yoga teacher training program. There are some beautiful and well-written passages, but the book would have benefitted from a more judicious editor. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Risha | 1/15/2011

    " It's great. My second read of it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michael | 11/24/2010

    " The section at the end, about the Buddhist integration of East and West, was the most helpful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maya | 11/20/2010

    " A really great introduction to Buddhism. Lama Surya Das is very clear, funny and has great stories for different situations. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nikki | 10/16/2010

    " I enjoyed the book. Lama Surya Das explains Buddhist ideals and concepts in a way that Westerners can grasp. If you want to learn/understand about Buddhism this is a great book to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 7/10/2010

    " Really engaging story. Listening to the audiobook made it feel personal and alive, but I had to rewind it every minute or so because my mind would go off on tangents inspired by his words. Deep stuff. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Colette | 5/18/2010

    " I'm rereading this book SLOWLY. I tend to read very fast and loose the content days later.

    This is an amazing book on Lama Surya Das' journey from Long Island to Tibet. And a great Buddhism for beginners book though that that description does not do it justice.

    Enjoy:). "

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About the Author
Author Lama Surya Das

Lama Surya Das, one of the foremost American Buddhist teachers and scholars, is the founder and spiritual director of the Dzogchen foundation in Massachusetts and California. He is the author of several books, including the national bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom in the Modern World and Buddha Is as Buddha Does.