Spring on Maui Retreat with Ram Dass, Lama Surya Das, Mirabai Bush & Friends

Wednesday, May 04, 2016 – Monday, May 09, 2016
Napili Kai Beach Resort @ Napili Bay
5900 Lower Honoapiilani Rd
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
United States
Map and Directions

Renew, Refresh and Revitalize with Ram Dass
in Natural Wonders & Beauty this Spring on Maui

Daily Meditation & Dharma Talks with Ram Dass, Lama Surya Das
and Mirabai Bush
Special LIVE podcast sessions with Duncan Trussell
and Raghu Markus
Nightly Kirtan with Nina Rao and her band; also, featuring a special evening of music with singer/songwriter Trevor Hall

Daily 90 minute “LIVE Music Hatha Yoga Experience”
Dr. Saraswati Markus of Dao Flow Yoga
with
Benjy & Heather Wertheimer

Sacred Music Mornings with Shantala

Sunrise Silent Sitting Meditation with Rameshwar Das
Enjoy Ceremony, Prayers and Blessings of Aloha with Lei’ohu Ryder and Maydeen Iao

Delicious, healthy meals, served buffet style, provided by the award winning
Sea House 
Restaurant and Monsoon Indian Restaurant
Gluten Free, non-dairy, vegan and vegetarian options available at each meal
Speedi Shuttle Ride Reservations from Kahului Airport (OGG) to / from Napili Kai Beach Resort
included with ON-SITE Registration

This picturesque ocean-front property with beautiful accommodations, stunning sunsets and sparkling beaches is ideal for relaxing, retreating, walking ocean front nature trails, ocean swimming and snorkeling with sea turtles.

For more details visit here – https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/default.aspx?EventID=1738269

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Make Me One With Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation

Sit happens.
Just do it!
Practice is perfect.
Being there while getting there,
every single step of the Way.
The joy of meditation.
Emaho!

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Join Lama Surya Das at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health for a weekend meditation retreat, February 19-21, and explore the simple joyful path of We Meditation, or We-ditation (not Me-ditation), to see thru the illusion of separation and experience meaningful connectedness and the renowned one-taste of Dzogchen, the natural Great Perfection. For more details visit here – http://kripalu.org/program/view/ABH-161/make_me_one_with_everything_buddhist_meditations

The 3 minute short meditations – It still works

Daily meditation is great for your body and your mind. Meditation can relieve body and spirit. It’s a time out from the anxieties of daily living and can help you feel more focused. One of the best things about meditation is that it can be enjoyed by all. Setting aside as little as 3 minutes a day can help you stay calm when everyone around you is losing it. That’s why Lama Surya Das created a 3 minute short meditation course. If you desire to relax deeper than you ever have, then try the 3 Minute Meditations. In just 3 minutes a day you can relax your way to a better lifestyle. They’re perfect to practice while you are waiting on your cup of tea to steep or for the water to boil. Try it out, begin today.

Here are tips from Lama Surya Das’ book Buddha Standard Time and how I have adopted these in my full and busy life to short meditations.

Life is a moving meditation: I’ve started trying to sneak in short 3 minute meditation through a given day. Waiting in the grocery line, getting tea, brushing my teeth, sitting idle at a stop light have been transmuted from impatient inconveniences to meditative moments. While my daily meditation may not be the traditional 20 minutes in a meditation chair, I get seven 3 minute meditations and more presence throughout my day.

Increase the hours in the day through meditation: During the times throughout my life when I feel overwhelmed and stressed out my mind replays a time scarcity message over and over again, “I don’t have enough time in the day to get all that I have to complete.” Lama Surya Das recommends that stress periods in our lives are the perfect time to meditate as it results in expanding time. While counter intuitive, my higher Self recognized the wisdom in his words. My own experience approves that when I am ready to wrestle control from my brain and meditate; it results in a more resourceful, clear thinking, and quiet form of me and time grows as promised. As a result, my clear presence allows me to manage my time more effectively.

Synchronize your life to the world around you: I have generally experienced and believed in change from the inside out. However, I’ve learned to appreciate and get curious about the unseen effect on natural changes on my inner condition of being. Living from the outside in. This year I have slowed down and become more present to nature and the changes at a small scale (occasional changes) and full scale changes (planetary orbits). Effortlessness, enchantment, and meaning have been my gift as I have danced with the flow of life versus battling against it.

Meditation calms the mind in order to decrease stress and find inner peace and balance. A daily three-minute meditation is a time efficient and effective way to increase back your inner peace. The advantages are more prominent than you may expect.

1. Less stress – Meditation helps with anxiety by lowering stress, blood pressure and increasing energy levels.

2. Better brain function – Meditation affects your brain activity, fosters your creative thinking, improves your learning performance and can strengthen your memory.

3. Achieve Enlightenment – Through Meditation your achieve harmony in your spirit, brain and body. You achieve a spiritual enlightenment where you get self-acknowledgment, you stop trying to change yourself and become who you really are.

4. A happier you – Meditation consists of a focused reflection of yourself and the emotions in your brain. It’s possibly spent offering gratitude for what you do have, valuing the little favors around you and expressing a loving kindness for yourself and others. It makes you and everyone around you happier and it helps you feel more connected with your friends-family, humanity and nature.

5. Self-Actualization – By practicing Meditation you can keep things in perspective, achieve a peaceful mind state and enjoy a cheerful life. You find your motivation in life, your potential and you turn out to be all that you can be.

6. Enhance Vision – Meditations affect your brain movements, encourage your inventive thinking, enhance your learning performance and can strengthen your memory.

7. Improve Sleep – Taking a few minutes out of your day to clam your psyche and practice gratitude will enhance your personal satisfaction, well-being and your capacity to improve night’s rest.

For more details about Lama Surya Das visit here – http://www.slideshare.net/LamaSuryaDas

Awakening the Mind and Opening the Heart

Sundays at the Shala:
Afternoon Meditation Practice & Study Group
“Awakening Mind, Opening Heart:
the Attitude Transformation Tradition”

This weekly session explores different aspects of meditation practice from those covered in the regular Tuesday evening meetings.

As usual, we will practice in the Dzogchen tradition of Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche and Lama Surya Das.

We are continuing the new series: Awakening the Mind and Opening the Heart, based on the mind training and attitude transformation teachings of the Tibetan lineage.

An introduction to these teachings can be found in Lama Surya’s book Awakening the Buddha Within (under Step Two: Right Intentions) at Page 151.

Each week we will continue examining and practising these extraordinarily skillful ways of transformation in our lives.

For more details visit here – http://www.dzogchenla.org/event-1915846

Riding the Breath

“What did the Dalai Lama say to the hot dog vendor?

‘Make me one with everything.’

Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation
Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation

It’s a joke—and a pretty good one—but there’s more to it than that. Becoming one with everything by seeing through separateness and rigidity is the heart of what I call inter-meditation. Inter-meditation means meditating with—the practice and art of intimacy and union with whatever is, just as it is. It is the yoga of convergence, connection, co-meditation, and spontaneous oneness. It’s a path we can take to overcome all our illusions of duality.”

I call my new book Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations To Awaken From The Illusion Of Separation because the heart of this message, in essence, explains the power of inter-meditation and that we are not alone. This allows us to go beyond the habitual struggle to try to meditate and concentrate, or go inwards and cut off and get away from it all, and helps us open the cocoon of contracted egotism in order feel more permeable and connected, empathic and responsible, recognizing interconnectedness and interdependence. It takes two parts to make a whole, beyond us and them, inside and outside, as well as between the so-called sacred and the mundane parts of life, and it can become more like breathing in and out or dancing together, and dancing with life. “Everything can be meditated,” as the Dragon Master Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche says in his Mahamudra teachings.

I hope you will join me in experiencing this inclusive “Riding the Breath” co-meditation method for closing the gaps between self and others, opening portals to oneness and harmony, wherever we may go. This is the path beyond selfish seeking and self-consciousness and on to Dharma Large, selfless Awareness, and shared spirituality, spirituality for couples, tantra and so on.

-with love and blessings,
Lama Surya Das

Natural Meditation Group Practice – Orange County

Tuesday Evening Weekly Meditation Group
in Orange County

All are welcome at this regular gathering, which is offered free of charge. We will practice natural meditation together, supported by chanting and teachings, in the Dzogchen tradition of Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche and Lama Surya Das.

This weekly session is a wonderful opportunity for meditation in a group setting, and to connect with this timeless contemplative tradition. It is entirely appropriate for those new to meditation, as well as those more experienced. This activity is offered free of charge, and is open to all.

For map and directions, please visit here – http://www.dzogchenla.org/event-1915843