Lama Surya Das

In by Erik Pema Kunsang

Lama Surya Das, who the Dalai Lama affectionately calls the “American lama”, has spent over forty five years studying with the great spiritual masters of Asia. He is an authorized lama in the Tibetan Buddhist order, and the founder of the Dzogchen Center. Surya Das is the author of the international bestseller Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World and twelve other books, including his latest release, Make Me One with Everything: Buddhist Meditations to Awaken from the Illusion of Separation. His blog “Ask the Lama” can be found at  To see Surya’s lecture and retreat schedule please visit He can be followed on Facebook (Lama Surya Das), Twitter (@LamaSuryaDas) and Instagram (lamasuryadasusa).