The Qualities of Spiritual Maturity, Part 3: Patience

Quality #3: Patience ~ Patience, like kindness, is a quality that characterizes the spiritual life from beginning to end. But it too takes on different nuances as one gets some years under one’s belt and begins settling in for the long run. Patience, as the direct antidote to anger, is a crucial part of a practitioner’s foundational efforts to gain control over the worst manifestations of the mental afflictions. Anger is particularly harmful and hard to restrain. It consists of the intention to hurt another […]

The Qualities of Spiritual Maturity, Part 2: Kindness

Quality #2: Kindness Kindness – in which we can include love, compassion, good will, helpfulness, generosity, forgiveness, and a general interest in others’ welfare – is, of course, the very cornerstone of any meaningful spiritual practice. One could even say that it is definitive of it. Kindness is the heart of the spiritual way of life; it is, one could argue, the whole enchilada. “My religion,” the Dalai Lama has famously declared, “is kindness.” As we begin our spiritual training, […]

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 […]

Spiritual Motivation

How to Get Spiritually Motivated

We’re living totally blessed lives. But we’re mostly just spacing out and squandering the miracle, wasting this amazing opportunity to really help ourselves and others. This excerpt is from last year’s “Summer Retreat” in Massachusetts. Join us this summer for the 2012 “Summer Retreat”: http://thesummerretreat.com/ Download MP3 > Get Motivated

Which Side Are You On?

I’m reposting an article I wrote for my newsletter four years ago, just before the last U.S. presidential election. If anything, Americans are seemingly more divided in this major election year than they were in the last.  The public is polarized, and everyone seems angry. The election will be held in the wake of the recent  “Arab Spring” and the “Occupy” movements worldwide, both of which have brought many injustices to light but have also sometimes resulted in violence and […]

What Will Happen In The Future?

In a question and answer session, Lama Marut speaks on the uselessness of spinning out imaginary scenarios about what might happen in the future, or of reviving unpleasant memories of the past – both of which just undermine our present happiness. Download the MP3 File Now > What Will Happen In the Future?  

Getting the “Oomph” Behind the “Try”

Joyful Effort… We all are desirous of the rewards of a spiritual life – a deep sense of  well-being and contentment; pleasant and meaningful interactions with others; the end of alienation and aloneness, replaced by the feeling of interconnectedness and “at oneness” with the things and beings around us; and the full realization of our true purpose and calling. But these important life goals won’t be reached just by wishing for them.   We need to mobilize ourselves into action.  We have […]

The Practice of Contentment

Among the many benefits of going on a solitary retreat is the opportunity to practice contentment.  We do, of course, have the option to work on our endemic dissatisfaction at any time.  But in retreat we put ourselves in a situation that forcefully demands it. Retreat, one might say, is an exercise in compulsory contentment and obligatory tranquility.  If we don’t make peace with our lives and ourselves in a long-term, solitary retreat, we will drive ourselves crazy in no […]

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 […]