Every life is a journey through the unknown. Along the way, however, we tend to encounter the same perplexing questions again and again. Some are cosmic enigmas that have always tested the human mind: What is my purpose in life? What happens after I die? Others are puzzles presented by daily life in modern society: What, if anything, justifies assisted suicide? What is my personal responsibility to the homeless? According to Lama Surya Das, one of the foremost Western Buddhist scholars and teachers, the more we seek to resolve these mysteries, the more fully we live. Along with his own personal beliefs, the author presents a variety of thoughtful points of view representing different schools of Buddhism, other religions, spirituality in general, and pragmatism. "The Big Questions" challenges readers in the most stimulating and thoughtful way to formulate individual, authentic responses to life's big questions.
About the Author
LAMA SURYA DAS, born Jeffrey Miller and raised on Long Island, New York, is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. For more than 30 years he has studied and practiced with the great spiritual masters of Tibet and India. He is the founder of the Dzogchen Meditation Centers and author of the best-selling trilogy: Awakening the Buddha Within, Awakening to the Sacred, and Awakening the Buddhist Heart.
In "The Big Questions: How to Find Your Own Answers to Life's Essential Mysteries" Lama Surya Das inspires and encourages the reader to engage in the 'sacred art of questioning'. When we confront questions about the meaning of our existence in this world, when we keep asking and explore spiritual, personal and universal issues, when we engage into deep enquiry about life and death, then we learn to live more deeply and meaningfully.
Lama Surya Das examines 14 'big questions' (ranging from "What is happiness and where can it be found" (Ch 1) to "How can I integrate spirituality into my daily life" (Ch 9) to "How can I balance taking care of myself with helping others" (Ch 14) and responds to these through drawing from his own life experience and from a Buddhist perspective. He does so with an exceptionally clear and powerful voice.
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