Awakening Now with Lama Surya Das is a podcast that illuminates many aspects of the spiritual path via dharma talks and interviews with Surya Das' fellow spiritual teachers and peers.
Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars, one of the main interpreters of Tibetan Buddhism in the West, and a leading spokesperson for the emerging American Buddhism. The Dalai Lama affectionately calls him “The Western Lama.”
Surya Das outlines the three main forms of practice within Dzogchen, which includes Ru Shan(subtle discernment), Trekcho (cutting through), and Togal (being there). He explains the more immediate implications of this particular path in its attempt to bring enlightenment that is congruent with the reality we are experiencing now. Also discussed are the distinctions between the ‘swooping down’ method of Dzogchen in relation to the more ‘bottom up’ approach of traditional Buddhism. A question and answer session provokes discussions of merit, karma, separation and illusion.