Lama Surya Das, Dzogchen meditation master and one of Buddhism’s true pioneers in the West, will share with us the unique contribution of Buddhism to the evolution of love. Surya has often expressed the importance of asking probing and intelligent questions as necessary to spiritual unfolding. He says that if we want entrance into the Pearly Gates, a fundamental question that all seekers need to ask is: “How have I loved?” Learning how to love is the goal and the purpose of all spiritual life, even though it is expressed differently between traditions. Some of the ideas we will explore in this conversation is the difference between personal and impersonal love in spiritual practice, developing love for the master, for the teachings, and—maybe hardest of all—for the sangha of other practitioners. Join us for the conversation!
How have you loved?
Lama Surya Das is one of the foremost Western Buddhist meditation teachers and scholars. Surya Das teaches and lectures around the world, conducting dozens of meditation retreats and workshops each year. Based on his relationship with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Surya Das founded the Western Buddhist Teachers Network and has organized three week-long conferences of Western Buddhist Meditation Teachers with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India.
Dr. Marc Gafni holds his doctorate from Oxford University. He is a rabbi and an iconoclastic teacher of Kabbalah and World Spirituality. He is the director with Ken Wilber, Sally Kempton and Diane Hamilton of the Integral Life Spiritual Center and core founder and faculty member of iEvolve: Global Practice Community. He has written seven books, including the national bestseller Soul Prints, and The Mystery of Love, an exploration of the relationship between the sexual, the erotic, and the sacred. Gafni is considered by many to be a visionary voice in the founding of a new World Spirituality.