• Buddha is as Buddha Does

  • The 10 Original Practices for Enlightened Living
  • By: Lama Surya Das
  • Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
  • Speech
  • Release date: 04-02-07
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Sounds True
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.4 (60 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Of all the Buddha's teachings, perhaps his greatest gift can be found in "the Bodhisattva ideal", a template for living in the world as an "Awakener", a servant of the highest good for all. With his previous best-sellers, including Awakening the Buddha Within, American-born Tibetan Buddhist teacher Lama Surya Das has made the helpful, healing insights of the Buddha accessible to millions. Now, with Buddha Is As Buddha Does, he helps listeners to discover:
How to become a Bodhisattva, a peacemaking spiritual warrior, an embodiment of wise compassion in action

How to actively practice the ten paramitas in daily life: generosity, ethics, patience, energetic effort, meditation, wisdom, skillful means, higher aspiration, powers, and pristine awareness

The Seven Jewels of the Bodhisattva: Faith and Devotion, Self-Discipline, Discriminating Wisdom, Charity, Learning, Honesty, and Modesty

Inspirational lessons from history's legendary Bodhisattvas, including Tara, Avalokitesvara, and Manjushri - plus contemporary examples of enlightened action based on the realization of the oneness of all life.
©2007 Lama Surya Das; (P)2007 Sounds True
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Critic Reviews

"An accomplished Western interpreter of the Tibetan branch of Buddhism, which has its arcane aspects, Surya Das explains each of the 10 virtues, offering numerous exercises and tips to apply his teaching. This is all firmly grounded in traditional stories and the examples of historical figures in Buddhism. Surya Das also offers examples of Westerners who embody these virtues, from the Catholic saint Damien, who worked with lepers on the Hawaiian island of Molokai, to Oprah Winfrey, a model of shrewd and skillful action." (Publishers Weekly)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Paul Carwile on 09-18-12

Book Great! Sound aweful

While the content of this book is great. I will probably go buy the print version. The sound quality was terrible. I was constantly having to turn the volume up as the voice trailed off.Then quickly had to turn back down as the voice vibrated my eardrums this process had to be repeated throughout the entire book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Steven on 01-18-18

Puts the heart into mindfulness meditation

Would you listen to Buddha is as Buddha Does again? Why?

I have listened to this book twice already, and intend to listen to it many more times to come. I have practiced mindfulness meditation for multiple decades, and have become increasingly proficient over the years with concentration on a pre-defined object of focus. That has brought a calm and equanimity that pervades my life.However, I have always struggled with the lack of heart, warmth, empathy, and love in my practice. I believe in such values, and certainly the mindfulness teachings mention the importance of bodhichitta, compassion, metta, etc. But it was always conspicuously lacking in my practice. Lama Surya Das puts the bodhisattva values at the forefront, making the timeless truths of love, generosity, and understanding somehow palpable. His words echoed in my mind and heart throughout the days I was listening to the book, and beyond. I have come to hold the bodhisattva idea on an equal footing with mindfulness itself, and have even experimented with meditating on the sensations of generosity and other pure emotions. I feel like new opportunities in meditation have been laid out before me thanks to this book's creativity-inducing message and presentation.The book addressed the paradox of being warm yet detached with true understanding. I have always been troubled by this and other ostensible contradictions in Buddhism, but he points them out and clarifies them, without providing any pat answers. Somehow, I felt something approaching an answer in my heart, even if I couldn't say what verbally.LSD speaks with such confidence and conviction, without ever preaching. There is not a trace of guilt-tripping or shaming in this book. He has so much understanding for the limitations of his readers, yet seems to hold us in high esteem! What a great man and teacher.

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