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Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now [Paperback]

Lama Surya Das
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28 Jun 2011

Buddha Standard Time shares one of the great realisations of Buddhism, one that anyone can learn to apply. Buddhist wisdom teaches that the minutes and hours of our days do not simply march from future to present to past - looming, engulfing us, passing us by forever. Rather, each moment is intersected by a fourth dimension, a dimension of timelessness. Only by accessing that timeless dimension, the Buddha believed, can we learn to fully inhabit the Now. As an alternative to our ceaseless hustle and bustle, Surya Das offers readers the possibility of living in Buddha Standard Time.

Buddhist and non-Buddhist alike will discover reasons and inspirations, tools and techniques that not only significantly reduce the amount of stress in our lives but help us find more focus, fulfilment, creativity, and even wisdom. The Buddha knew we're always free to live fully and completely in the present moment, and that doing so frees us from the burden of the past and the anxiety about the future. Living in Buddha Standard Time is in no way antithetical to modern life. Far from being at the mercy of time's demands, we will finally realise that we have, in fact, all the time in the world.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Hay House UK (28 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848505833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848505834
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 293,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is Lama Surya Das in his most tone-perfect Western guru voice: authoritative, inviting, generous, funny, poetic, imaginative and informative and totally accessible. (Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness is an Inside Job)

Lama Surya Das is on our best teachers of universal wisdom. Buddha Standard Time is fairly dripping with insights. It's like a treasure to keep near you at all times. (Marianne Williamson)

Lama Surya Das offers a wise and sane way to navigate these times. This pragmatic book will be illuminating and helpful for anyone wishing to find the timeless amidst the rush of time. (Joseph Goldstein, author of One Dharma: The Emerging Western Buddhism and A Heart Full of Peace)

With tools and techniques to guide you beautifully into the stillness of the present moment, you will finish this book with a smile on your face and all the time in the world. (Prediction Magazine)

We all want more time. Surya Das reveals the open secret that we already have it, hidden within each moment. Discovering it is simple but not easy, and he gives us the tools and reminders to actually do it. Now. So let's have tea.... (Mirabai Bush, Founding Director and Senior Fellow, Center for Contemplative Mind in Society)

A wealth of inspiration and practical tips for enjoying the Kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, *now*. (bestselling author Thich Nhat Hanh)

If you want your future moments to sparkle with ecstatic awareness read this book. (Ram Dass, author of Be Love Now)

About the Author

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 bestsellers Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Modern World and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Full of insight 16 Sep 2011
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Although I have not yet finished reading this book ( I am almost 2/3 through) I just love it. When I bought it I wasn't sure what to expect, even though I had read two of his previous books, but found that this one is different. There is great insight and wisdom in each and every page and helps you to live your life as a buddhist does, meaning in serenity and quietude; the book is probably targeted at most of us who are living life in the fast lane, but is as insightful for someone like me who's retired because when you read it and do the simple meditations and affirmations here and there, it will help you release attachments to objects and thoughts that take you nowhere, and to overcome depression, and think only of the 'moment'; all of this in a seemingly easy manner, but nevertheless is very powerful and has tremendous profound effects.
I highly recommend this book and would definitely wait for his next one. 5 stars
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4.0 out of 5 stars Buddha Time 1 Dec 2011
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Nowadays we are all running around, short of time, trying to do so much in so little time. This book gives us an opportunity to breathe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My wife really likes this book. Very enlightening. Life-changing. Better than Prozac. 23 Mar 2013
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You don't have to be a Budos to enjoy this insightful and enlightening work. Really Excellent read. Highly recommended. Brings another balance perspective for life
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Great to have this on my IPad when I need a calming influence. Good, simple, ideas for relaxation and inspiration.
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