What did the Dalai Lama say to the pizza guy from Brooklyn? “Make me one with everything!” It’s a familiar joke, muses Lama Surya Das, but it holds a profound truth: that in addition to inner peace, meditation is a path for all-inclusive connection .With Make Me One with Everything, he invites us to experience this expansive dimension of the dharma through the art of intermeditation.
“If you’ve ever felt ‘at one’ with something—your beloved or your child, a wooded trail, a favorite song—then you’ve experienced intermeditation,” teaches Surya Das .Based on Tibetan Buddhism’s core insights into the deeply connected nature of who we are, intermeditation offers both new and experienced meditators a fresh new way to commune with every moment—on and off the cushion—in oneness with our partners, our family and friends, our enemies, those in need near or far, our higher Selves, and Nature itself.
The title's reference to the classic joke about the Dalai Lama's encounter with a hot dog vendor signals the playful tone of Surya's exploration of non-duality, but the influential American Buddhist teacher and writer (Awakening the Buddha Within) is passionately serious about his subject. "Inter-meditation," he explains, "means meditating with the practice and art of intimacy and union with whatever is, just as it is." He demonstrates how the ancient Tibetan practice of lojong ("heart/mind training") can be applied to everyday life through many practices, such as focused meditations on others and tantra-inspired sex, that encourage intentional connection with others. Discussions of suffering, old age and death, and action in the larger world provide a strong conclusion. Packed with generous wisdom from Surya's 45 years of eclectic study and training, this book offers an exuberant, impassioned plea for a life lived fully in connection with others and the universe. While the author clearly has an affinity for mysticism, his approach is down to earth; readers tolerant of his ebullient self-promotion and penchant for neologisms ("we-volution," "convergitation," and more) will find abundant resources for spiritual growth.