Lama Surya Das is the author of fifteen books. A sample of books is listed below and the complete is located on his bio page. 

The Awakening Trilogy is a definitive introduction to Lama Surya’s teachings:

  1. Awakening the Buddha Within
  2. Awakening the Buddhist Heart
  3. Awakening to the Sacred

Awakening the Buddha Within


Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World

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 Awakening the Buddha Within, Surya Das shows how we can awaken to who we really are in order to lead a more compassionate, enlightened, and balanced life. It illuminates the guidelines and key principles embodied in the noble Eight-Fold Path and the traditional Three Enlightenment Trainings common to all schools of Buddhism:

  • Wisdom Training: Developing clear vision, insight, and inner understanding — seeing reality and ourselves as we really are.
  • Ethics Training: Cultivating virtue, self-discipline, and compassion in what we say and do.
  • Meditation Training: Practicing mindfulness, concentration, and awareness of the present moment.

With lively stories, meditations, and spiritual practices, Awakening the Buddha Within is an invaluable text for the novice and experienced student of Buddhism alike.

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Awakening the Buddhist Heart


Integrating Love, Meaning, and Connection into Every Part of Your Life

Surya Das illustrates how to develop authentic presence, how to connect to our own life experience, build deeper relationships, embrace life’s lessons, as well as learn how to love what we don’t like.

Everyone needs to feel connected, to love and feel loved, to reach out to others and communicate in order to overcome alienation, loneliness, and a feeling of being disconnected. In AWAKENING THE BUDDHIST HEART Surya Das shows you how to reach inward and outward.

By developing spiritual intelligence, a sense of compassion that helps us be more sensitive, more aware of our own feelings and the feelings of those around us, we become more intuitive; we relate better and love better. Cultivating spiritual intelligence and learning how to connect will improve our capacity for intimacy, making us better mates, friends, parents, and coworkers; it helps all of us to become more giving and brings us fulfillment, meaning, and love. With tremendous insight he explores specific ways in which we can more fruitfully relate to our own experiences as well as each other in today’s fast-paced, complicated, and often confusing world.

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Awakening to the Sacred

Creating a Personal Spiritual Life From Scratch

Lama Surya Das, author of the bestselling Awakening the Buddha Within, is the most highly trained American lama in the Tibetan tradition. In this elegant, inspiring book, he integrates essential Buddhist practices with a variety of other spiritual philosophies and wisdom traditions, to show you how to create a personalized spiritual practice based on your own individual beliefs, aspirations, and needs. Through reflections on his own life quest, thoughtful essays, and entertaining stories, Surya Das examines the common themes at the heart of any spiritual path, including faith, doubt, love, compassion, creativity, self-inquiry, and transformation. He then explores prayer, yoga, chanting, guided meditations, breathing exercises, and myriad other rituals, providing practical examples of each that we can use day-to-day to nurture our inner spirit.

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Buddha Standard Time


One of the 50 Best Spiritual Books of 2011

“A wealth of inspiration and practical tips for enjoying the Kingdom of God, the Pure Land of the Buddha, now.” —Thich Nhat Hanh, bestselling author of Peace Is EveryStep

“For newcomers to Buddhism (and non-Buddhists interested in universal wisdom!) and ‘old hands’ at practice . . . [Das] promises nothing less than a liberated life, freed from angst over the tyranny of time, though the practice of loving presence.” —Sylvia Boorstein, author of Happiness Is An Inside Job

Internationally renowned meditation scholar Lama Surya Das delivers a penetrating and practical guide to discovering the power of living fully in the now. In the tradition of the Dalai Lama’s The Art of Happiness and Noah Levine’s Heart of the Revolution, Buddha Standard Time is a roadmap to discovering your own inner kingdom of awareness, patience, and love.

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Make Me One with Everything

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A Spirituality & Practice 2015 Award Winner

“In this captivating book Lama Surya Das introduces a potpourri of methods that illuminate inter-meditation.  He has put together a powerful and loving argument for inter-meditation which ultimately leads to the experience of oneness.  There are wonderful flashes of humor and fascinating stories as well as the wisdom that he has culled from his venerable Tibetan Buddhism lineage.” –Ram Dass, author of Be Love Now

“There are many meditation books out there.  This is not one of them.  What it teaches is delightfully different from ordinary mindfulness, and deeply profound.  If you’ve gotten your feet wet with mindfulness, and are ready for a deeper dive, make yourself one with this book.” – Jay Michaelson, author of Everything is God

Based on Tibetan Buddhism’s core insights into the inherent essence of who we are, the teachings of shared spirituality in Make Me One with Everything offer both novice and seasoned meditators a better way to live—not just on the meditation cushion or the yoga mat, but in every moment of their lives.

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The Mind is Mightier Than The Sword

Lama Surya Das is one of the most well-regarded Buddhist teachers and scholars in America today. His books have sold hundreds of thousands of copies and his seminars and retreats are continually in demand. In part, it is his straightforward, accessible, and humorous approach that audiences react so strongly to–and in The Mind Is Mightier Than the Sword, Surya brings that unique approach to a comprehensive guide to the most essential Buddhist teachings.

For beginners and experienced practitioners alike, Lama Surya Das outlines his Six Building Blocks of Spiritual Practice and offers insight and advice not only on how to find and develop a spiritual center, but how to integrate it into your daily life. From daily meditation and yoga to creative work, journaling, volunteering in your community, and finding teachers in unexpected places, Buddhist practice can and should be part of everything you do. The Mind Is Mightier Than the Sword is a practical guide to using the teachings of Buddhism to live a happier, healthier, more enlightened life

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Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be


Lessons on Change, Loss, and Spiritual Transformation

For many people, recent years have been characterized by profound change, whether it relates to financial upheaval, political shifts, or even massive losses of life to disease and violence. Even on the personal level each person must confront the curves life throws his or her way. Buddhism has a great deal to say about change and impermanence and how to meaningfully deal with it. Change–whether on a large or small scale–provides our most important opportunity for learning about ourselves and the nature of reality. From this essential insight Lama Surya Das has crafted a fulfilling and important path to understanding and healing ourselves and finding peace.

Full of personal stories, anecdotes, practical exercises, guided meditations and reflections, and pithy original aphorisms, Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be addresses life’s most universal difficulties in a way that is accessible to all. By using memorable concepts such as The Virtues of Adversity, The Pearl Principle (“No inner irritation, no pearl”), and Gaining through Loss, Surya reminds readers that hiding from change and loss is futile. Learning to consciously accept and embrace change leads to a better understanding of ourselves and our own innate divine light.

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Buddha Is as Buddha Does


The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living

In the book you now hold, national bestselling author Lama Surya Das offers a thorough map to the richest treasure a human being can find—the Buddha’s advice for living to your true potential. Appropriate for new seekers as well as experienced practitioners, and accompanied by lively anecdotes and practical exercises, this is one of the most accessible books to date on the ancient and timeless wisdom of the Buddha. Buddha Is as Buddha Does is for everyone who seeks to become a better person and share in the bounty of true Buddha nature.

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