What Buddha Might Say To Deepak Chopra.

Via Ed & Deb Shapiro
on May 14, 2013
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“Peace comes from within. Do not seek it without.” ~ The Buddha

Many years ago, we were teaching a meditation weekend in Plymouth, England.

On the Saturday, after the program was over for the day, Carole, one of the attendees, told us she had just been with Deepak Chopra, that he had walked out of the Body Mind Spirit Festival in London, renounced the world, and was at the local Heart and Soul Center healing people for free. We were amazed and intrigued, as she added he was much thinner than in the photo of him that we had in our book, The Way Ahead.

A mutual friend, John Haricharan, had previously introduced us to Deepak in New York City, who was already a well known teacher. So when we went to the Heart and Soul Center the next evening we were surprised to find an Indian man with the same name but obviously not the same Deepak.

Later, we found out that the imposter Deepak had been abusing the women he was teaching (the real Deepak later thanked us for exposing the con man). But in the meantime, we witnessed the amazing power of faith.

Those who were convinced the pretender was the real Deepak went through cathartic healings, transformations, and great joy. Until he was exposed as a fraud when suddenly these same students reversed to the distress they had had before.

The power of faith was palpable.

Buddha means awakened—awakened to ones true nature, to the essence of reality, to radiant emptiness. It does not mean god, deity, or celebrity.

Deepak Chopra is a respected modern-day teacher, regarded by some as a celebrity and even god-like. As such, he has a narrow path to walk so that he doesn’t invoke the blind adoration we witnessed in Plymouth. We remember seeing a movie where the lead character shouted: “I want to be Deepak Chopra!”

Why would someone feel that way? Could it be because Deepak is loved and wise—or that he embodies the real meaning of life?

Perhaps. Yet the Buddha was clear that we shouldn’t blindly trust everything we are told, but rather to find out for ourselves what is real. Which is why he gave this most important teaching:

“Believe nothing, no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and your own common sense.”

~ The Buddha

Deepak is definitely helping to create a wiser and more compassionate world through his teaching; he has what the Tibetans call ding. This is similar to confidence but more of a deep inner unshakeable confidence when you are comfortable in your own skin. Because of this, one of Deepak’s most attractive qualities is his ability to be his own teacher, to know his own wisdom.

We see our own inner teacher reflected in our desire to be kinder, more loving and more loving; it is the impetus to begin seeking answers, to aspire beyond our limitations, to climb our own particular mountain and find our own path.

For within each of us is Buddha nature, the potential for awakening.

“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” 

~ The Buddha

We wouldn’t marry someone as soon as we meet them—we would take time to know them first. It is easy to believe that if a teacher comes from India or Tibet, they have all the answers and will save us from ourselves.

But, we are the only one who can do it.

We have the wisdom of the ages inside our hearts; we just need to be still and look more closely, as the Buddha and Deepak have done.

“Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech and a life of service and compassion are the things that renew humanity. “

~ The Buddha


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About Ed & Deb Shapiro

Ed & Deb Shapiro are the authors of new The Unexpected Power of Mindfulness & Meditation. Deb is the author of Your Body Speaks Your Mind, now in 19 languages. They have six meditation CDs. See more at their website.


7 Responses to “What Buddha Might Say To Deepak Chopra.”

  1. Padma Kadag says:

    Ed and Deb…take a look at fakebuddhaquotes.com

  2. ed shapiro says:

    Padma – the Buddha lived over 2600 years ago who knows what he said. Knowing yourself is what matters!

    ISMS are now WASIMS

  3. ed shapiro says:

    May all beings be happy!

  4. Padma Kadag says:

    As you know there are lineages…one particular lineage I have faith in. But by the same token in regard to your response why quote him if we do not know what he said, as you put it? Furthermore all we have is written and your quotes appear nowhere.

  5. Glen Zorn says:

    OK, fine, but does that mean that anybody can just attribute random crap to him? That seems to be what you are doing, since very little, if any, of the common Buddhist beliefs and practices stand the test of "common sense".

  6. @mdouble says:

    There are several irrefutable truths which do not require any additional validation. We are born and we die. The path we walk between those to events is paved with choices, each being an opportunity to learn something of our own heart. Buddha, like all of us lived a life in which these things were as true for him as they are for each of us.

    The absolute truth of the words Buddha is quoted to have spoken can only be measured against our own experience, understanding and emotions. If there is no resonance between those words from antiquity and ones personal experience today, then their value will be lost. If however those words find a home in your heart or mind, they become your truth. Anything which feels wrong, creates disharmony or distress, may do so because they conflict with an existing belief.

    In that moment, both the value of the words and the belief they challenge will be tested. That which is true will remain, that which is not will fall away. It is my understanding that this basic principle is exact what Buddha taught. In the same way that he found enlightenment, so to must we must we each do so, in our own way.

  7. Shannon says:

    Deepak Chopra continues to share his wisdoms and for that I am thankful. His medical understanding of the body matched with his awakened spirituality and whatever additional magic he weaves makes him to be someone I read and re-read by gobbling up his words with enthusiasm and glee! I take what he says that is relevant to me, chew it up and if it isn't needed at this time, discard. But if it is needed, then swallow it in entirety I shall! Buddha would have recognized Deepak as a mutually awakened one and maybe not have said a thing but relished in the warmth shared between two glowing souls!