Born Jeffrey Miller, and raised on Long Island, Lama Surya Das later spent many years in India and Tibet studying with Tibetan lamas including H.H. the Dalai Lama, Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, and H.H. 16th Karmapa. He is the dharma heir of Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, a teacher in the Rime movement.
In the 1990s Lama Surya Das created the Dzogchen Foundation to further the spread of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. In 2003, at the request of Nyoshul Khenpo Rinpoche, he founded Dzogchen Osel Ling as a sanctuary, hermitage, and lineage seat in Austin, Texas. Lama Surya Das also travels and teaches throughout the United States.
On February 21, 2006, he appeared as a special guest on the Comedy Central television show, The Colbert Report.
Letting Go of the Person You Used To Be
Hardcover: 240 pages; Publisher: Broadway; 1st edition (August 12, 2003); ISBN 0767908732
Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World
Paperback: 432 pages; Publisher: Broadway; Reprint edition (June 15, 1998); ISBN 0767901576
Awakening the Buddhist Heart: Integrating Love, Meaning and Connection into Every Part of Your Life
Paperback: 272 pages; Publisher: Broadway (December 11, 2001); ISBN 0767902777
Awakening to the Sacred
Paperback: 400 pages; Publisher: Broadway; Reprint edition (May, 2000); ISBN 0767902750
Natural Great Perfection (with Nyoshul Khenpo)
Paperback: 204 pages; Publisher: Snow Lion Publications; 1st ed. USA edition (October 25, 1995); ISBN 1559390492
The Snow Lion’s Turqouise Mane
Paperback: 288 pages; Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco (December 4, 1992); ISBN 0062508490