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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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New Book Tour & Australia/Asia Dates

Join Lama Marut in for his 2014-2015 NEW BOOK & Teaching Tour! See Marut’s schedule page for more info >

Lama Surya Das Interview with Lama Marut

Lama Surya Das with Lama Marut

Watch the video with Lama Marut interviewing Lama Surya Das for Awakening Journal (MP3 & transcript avail too).

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A Teacher-Student Relationship

“The Teacher-Student Relationship: A transcript of a radio interview with Lama Marut,” A recently completed a transcription of the “Drishti Point” radio interview Lama Marut did with Shadi Mogadime on the teacher-student relationship.  Many have indicated that the interview was helpful to them. Download The Teacher Student Relationship – An interview with Lama Marut and Shadi Mogadime > Or to request a copy of this interview, please e-mail *protected email*‘ About Shadi Mogadime Shadi has been interested in the transformation process for over […]

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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 […]

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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!  […]

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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 […]