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 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 […]

Get A Copy of Lama Marut’s New Book

Yes… You CAN Start a Revolution… Just INCITE HAPPINESS! In Lama Marut’s new book; “A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life,” you will find an honest, fearless, and often humorous manifesto that stands as a practical and achievable (if not radical and revolutionary) blueprint for creating and sustaining happiness in an age of consumerism, self-absorption, and stress. Through a series of meditations, exercises, and insights, Lama Marut offers a fresh take on our quest for happiness and the good […]

Sticking With One Religion

Why is it important to learn and practice one spiritual tradition well, and what are the disadvantages of spiritual eclecticism? Lama Marut answers a student’s question in a teaching over skype to a group in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on April 4, 2012. Download MP3 Here > Sticking With One Religion

Four Universal Truths

What principles do all authentic spiritual traditions have in common? Lama Marut suggests there are four in this teaching via skype to a group in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, on April 4, 2012. Download MP3 Now > Four Universal Truths

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

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

Pandemic Depression and Its Real Causes…

Pandemic Depression, Consumer Capitalism, and Television. What is the link between widespread depression and consumer capitalism? And what role is television playing in our personal and cultural malaise? From the “Trouble in Paradise” retreat in Hawaii, August 21, 2011. Download the MP3 Here > Pandemic Depression

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 […]