What is Buddha Standard Time?


Recently I was discussing with my friend and teacher, Gyalwang Drukpa Rinpoche, who lives in Nepal, the topic of my latest book, Buddha Standard Time, which deals with the hurriedness and harriedness of life today and the resulting stress caused by not having enough time. Many of our lives have become overwhelmed by not only family and work demands, but also keeping up with the latest, vast forms of communication and technology. 

Rinpoche’s response was that time is what you make of it and how you prioritize. Later, in his blog he shared his wisdom on dealing with time sickness.

“So I would like to suggest that all of us, myself included, should always take out some time to be turtles. Take the trains and slow yourself down. Give time to YOU yourself. Slow down, we will have clearer vision, we will be able to see life’s details with a sense of gratitude.”

My new book, Buddha Standard Time: Awakening to the Infinite Possibilities of Now, which will be released May 24, explores how Applied Buddhism and Mindfulness Techniques can help provide time-medicine. This opening of time and space allows us to become more present, and discover the still, serene, and timeless center within our hearts and minds amidst the myriad turnings of the wheel of time, space and eternity.

  ”One moment of total awareness is one moment of freedom and enlightenment. Being totally in the here and now is the ultimate therapy, tuning into the timeless moment— the eternal now— and cultivating the enlivening nowness-awareness from which we are actually never apart.” This is Buddha Standard Time.

We have all the time in the world; it’s only focus and awareness that we lack.