Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Lama Surya Das was born Jeffrey Miller and raised in Valley Steam, Long Island, New York. He attended the State University of New York at Buffalo, graduating in 1971, with a degree in Creative Education. In 1973 and 1974, Lama Surya Das lived in Kyoto, Japan, where he taught English and studied Zen Buddhism under Uchiyama Roshi. He resided at the newly established Karma Triyana Dharmachakra monastery in Woodstock, New York from 1977–80.