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 […]

Four Illusions About the Self

This podcasts reviews some of the arguments found in Buddhist texts as to why the self we think exists has to be just an illusion. Although the “I” seems so tangible and obviously present, when we try to put our finger on it we come up empty handed. We have a sense that there must be a self that persists unchanged over time, some part of us that remains the same throughout our life.   But if a permanent, unchanging self […]

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 […]

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 […]

Breaking the Chains Workshop

Melbourne: “Breaking the Chains: A Workshop On Freedom.” March 15-17, 2013 With Lama Marut and Cindy Lee. Join Lama Marut and Cindy Lee in this workshop that will focus on an analysis of the “12 links of dependent origination,” using a chapter from Nagarjuna’s “Root Verses on the Middle Way” as the foundational text. MELBOURNE: March 15-17, 2013 Location: Flavours of Yoga 2A Barkly Avenue, Armadale, 3143 (just off Glenferrie Road – upstairs – big red door and sign) Contact: Maree Fowler – chickens(AT)bigpond.net.au […]

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!  […]

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 […]

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

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 […]