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 […]

Change You, Change the World

While in Massachusetts this summer, I had the chance to speak to a group in North Reading, most of whom were friends of Jon Weir – an incredible person and the owner of Kitty’s restaurant which he opened up to the event. The talk I gave there came straight out of a section of “Be Nobody” dealing with the fact that when we change ourselves we actually do change the world. The reasoning behind this rather startling conclusion is not […]

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 […]

The Cult of Busyness

I thought it would be a propos to give a talk on the “cult of busyness” in New York City, the adrenaline capital of the world as part of the summer, 2014, “Be Nobody” book tour. This is an extract from that talk, given at Ava Gerber’s “Lucky Lotus” yoga center in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Part of the culture of narcissism and self-centeredness we live in includes the idea that the self will improve and magnify itself through constant activity. […]

“It’s Like This Now”

This is the last excerpt from the meeting I had with Standard Charter Bank execs in Singapore, exploring the several possible meanings of their business slogan, “Here for Good.” The last connotation I discussed was “Here (and Now) for Good,” emphasizing the fact that we’re always here and now.  We’re actually never “there and then,” although in our minds we often review the past (calling up and rehashing what we call “memories”) and cast ourselves ahead into the future (fantasizing […]

Purposeless Action

This podcast touches upon a section in my book, “Be Nobody,” that explores what it looks like to lose yourself in action. Selfless action is extolled in many religious traditions. In the Bhagavad Gita, for example, we are given instructions on “karma yoga” – action done without attention to the “fruits” of action. This is action done for its own sake and not for what you personally will get out of it. We actually have various sorts of experiences of […]

Tips on How to Be Less of a Somebody

This is an excerpt from the conclusion of a talk I gave at a group retreat we led near Buellton, California, in September of 2013. I wanted to provide some useful take-aways as people prepared to re-enter their lives after the retreat. And so I picked up on some of the material found toward the end of the Be Nobody book in a section entitled “Be Anonymous – Or At Least Unfabulous” in which I offer some practical tips on […]

Not Your Mama’s Lama Interview

From a live interview on Body Mind Spirit Radio on Wed, June 13, 2012 with Lama Marut and Annette Rochelle Aben (radio host). Introduction from radio interview: A perfect combination of warmth and wit, renowned American Buddhist monk, Lama Marut, leads the revolution for true and lasting happiness.  After all what else would the son of a 2ndgeneration Baptist minister who grew up with a passion for motorcycles, surfing and yoga as well as an early interest in spirituality do with his life!  […]

Why I’m Not in Robes

Lama Marut explains his decision to begin teaching in street clothes and not in the robes of a Buddhist monk. From a teaching giving in Melbourne on May 18, 2012. Download MP3 Now > NoRobes

Using Failure in Your Spiritual Path

Lama Marut answers a student’s question about how to transform failure into something spiritually positive and useful. From a teaching over Skype to a group in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on April 4, 2012. Download MP3 > Spiritual Use of Failure