The Goal of a Spiritual Life

“Samsara,” says the Advaita Vedantic classic known as the Ashtavakra Gita, “is the compulsion to act” (kartavya, “something to be done”). This is a very interesting understanding of the nature of our suffering. It’s the feeling that we always have to do something to fix, improve, or escape our present situation. We are driven by the “if only” syndrome: “if only” things were different or better, then we’d be happy. But it is precisely the “if only” syndrome that keeps […]

Change the World, Change You

This is the second half of the equation that began with the previous podcast: “Change You, Change the World.” Because everything exists in interdependence (and not independently), it is also true that if we change the world, we change ourselves. But how do we do this? At one level, we change ourselves when see ourselves trying to change the world – acting, speaking, and even thinking motivated by the intention of wanting to help others and promote their welfare. Karma […]

Discontentment and the Compulsion to Act

It’s been interesting to discover how much resistance there is to thinking of contentment as the real goal of a spiritual life. This extract from a teaching I gave in Brooklyn last month makes the case that it is precisely the need – the compulsion – we feel to always have to do something to change any given situation that defines samsara or the cycle of suffering. Samsara is defined in a classic Sanskrit text, the Ashtavakra Gita, as “nothing […]

What We Really Want

I had the opportunity last March to speak to a group of business executives at the Standard Charter Bank in Singapore. I don’t often have the chance to address to such an audience and I really enjoyed it. They were all obviously intelligent, talented people and were very attentive and at the end asked really good questions. The talk was structured around a teasing out of the several possible meanings of SCB’s motto: “Here for good.” In this segment, I […]

The Where’s Waldo From Hell

This podcast comes from a talk given on a hot, sultry night in Brooklyn last summer at Ava Gerber’s Lucky Lotus Yoga Studio. It really cuts to the chase when it comes to the Big Question: Who the hell am I? When we go looking for the self we thoroughly believe exists – an unchanging, unitary, independent, commander of body and mind entity – it’s like trying to find Waldo, the little dude with the spectacles and the red and […]

Dr Pat Interview with Lama Marut

Show was recorded on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 Host: Dr. Pat Baccili Guest: Lama Marut Stations: BBSRadio.com, WBLQ, Transformation_Talk_Radio Overview: A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life with Lama Marut For Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life, Lama Marut voices the next generation of spiritualism by addressing today’s need for fearless honesty, practicality, and simplicity, and offering meditations and action plans designed to incite true, unpackaged happiness. === Dr. Pat Baccili is an […]

The Qualities of Spiritual Maturity, Part 1: Nonidealism

At the end of his modern spiritual classic, A Path With Heart, Jack Kornfield reviews ten qualities that he thinks characterize someone who has “come of age” in their spiritual life. The ten traits Kornfield identifies have inspired me to write down some of my own thoughts about each of them. Quality #1: Nonidealism When we first come to a spiritual life – battered and traumatized by a life without moorings or guidance, desperate for some solace and peace of […]

Learning to Be Nobody

The purpose of a spiritual life is not to enhance your ego. It is to destroy it. But you have to have an ego in order to deconstruct it. This audio was recorded during the 2011 Summer Retreat at Governor’s Academy, in Byfield, Massachusetts. Download MP3 File Here > Being Nobody

Spiritual Renegade-Lama Marut’s New Book

A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life  By Lama Marut  With fearless candor and disarming humor, Lama Marut offers the key to creating and sustaining happiness in a modern age. Now Available at your local bookstore or your favorite online bookseller! This honest, brave, and yet playful guide offers a practical and achievable—if not radical and revolutionary—blueprint for creating and sustaining happiness in a modern age of con sumerism, self-absorption, and stress. (Sneak Peek: “The Manifesto” Book Preface – Download Now!) Through a series […]

Book Tour Radio Interview in Sac

A short recent radion interview on Capital Public Radio in Sacramento on Beth Ruyak’s show “Insights.” A few technical difficulties interrupted this radio segment. For more information about Capital Public Radio you can visit them at http://www.capradio.org/insight Or listen on your radio: 90.9 FM KXJZ Sacramento; 90.5 FM KKTO Tahoe City/Reno; 91.3 FM KUOP Stockton/Modesto; 88.1 FM KQNC Quincy Lama Marut’s Sacramento Book Tour Events: June 1–3: Sacramento, CA June 2nd (Saturday) 12:00 pm–1:30 pm “Inciting Happiness: A Spiritual Renegade’s Revolutionary Manifesto” Avid Reader, 1600 Broadway, […]