Lama Surya Das is the author of the book, Buddha Is As Buddha Does: The Ten Original Practices for Enlightened Living. Lama Surya Das has spent more than thirty-five years studying Zen, yoga, and Tibetan Buddhism with the great spiritual masters of Asia, including the Dalai Lama’s own teachers. He is the founder and spiritual director of the Dzogchen Foundation in Massachusetts and worked with the Dalai Lama to establish the Western Buddhist Teachers Network. He is a bestselling author of many books, including Awakening the Buddha Within and Letting Go of the Person You Used to Be.
Robert Thurman introduces his book, Why the Dalai Lama Matters. Dr. Thurman holds the first endowed chair in Buddhist Studies in the West, the Jey Tsong Khapa Chair in Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies. After schooling at Harvard, he studied Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism for almost thirty years as a personal student of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Dr. Thurman is a prolific author and tireless advocate of bringing Buddhist teachings to a broader Western audience. Time Magazine named him one of the “25 Most Influential Americans.”