“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 […]

What We Really Want

I had the opportunity last March to speak to a group of business executives at the Standard Charter Bank in Singapore. I don’t often have the chance to address to such an audience and I really enjoyed it. They were all obviously intelligent, talented people and were very attentive and at the end asked really good questions. The talk was structured around a teasing out of the several possible meanings of SCB’s motto: “Here for good.” In this segment, I […]

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 […]

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 >

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 […]

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

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