Lama Marut New Teachings

Below you will find a temporary repository of the “Lama Marut New Teachings” in support of the new curriculum that will be offered through his Middle Way Centers.

Melbourne, Australia – Taught on May 25 & 26, 2013
A course on cultivating a spiritual practice and moving from victimhood to mastery.

“The Problem, the Cause, the Goal, and the Solution”

This four-class course lays out the foundational structure of any authentic spiritual path: recognizing the problems of a non-spiritual life; taking responsibility for one’s own well-being; the possibility of an alternative to a life of suffering and victimhood; and the basics of a coherent and efficient method for reaching the goal of true happiness.  

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Los Angeles – Taught on July 19, 20 & 21, 2013

“A Flash of Lightning: Generating the Wish to Awaken” with Lama Marut
Guide to the Good Life — Part 1

The spiritual ideal of living life as a saint or “bodhisattva” pivots on one’s motivation. In these teachings, Lama Marut will review the methods for generating and protecting the “mind of Awakening” or “bodhicitta.” Working from Lama Marut’s new translation of Shantideva’s master work, Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life, this workshop introduces a 4-class course of our new Middle Way Center program of study.

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Taught in Los Angeles, Summer 2014

“Staying Cool and Getting Stoked: The Perfections of Tolerance and Joyful Effort”
with Lama Marut — Guide to the Good Life — Part 2 

Part 2 of Lama Marut’s new translation from the original Sanskrit of the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Master Shantideva.

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Taught in Borobudur, Indonesia, April 2015

“Learning to Identify With Others: The Perfection of Meditation”
with Lama Marut — Guide to the Good Life — Part 3 

Part 3 of Lama Marut’s new translation from the original Sanskrit of the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Master Shantideva.

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Taught in Germany, April 2015 

“The Two Truths About Reality: The Perfection of Wisdom”
with Lama Marut — Guide to the Good Life — Part 4 

Part 4 of Lama Marut’s new translation from the original Sanskrit of the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life by Master Shantideva.

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Taught at the Summer Retreat, Byfield MA, August, 2013

“Mindful Living” with Lama Marut

Many traditions and sacred texts enumerate the practices that comprise a mindful or meditative lifestyle. In this course Lama Marut uses some of his newest translations to shed light on these practices utilizing elements from the following source texts:

  • Buddha’s Mahasatipatthana Sutta
  • Kamalashila’s Bhavana Krama
  • Shantideva’s Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life
  • Svatmarama’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika

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 Taught in August, 2013

“Bondage, Freedom & Interconnection – The 12 Links of Interdependent Arising”
with Lama Marut

In chapter Twenty-six of Arya Nagarjuna’s Root Verses on the Middle Way: Analysis of the Twelve Links, as we near the end of the text as a whole, the Nagarjuna takes up the important subject of the “twelve links of dependent origination,” the causal chain which in the forward direction ensnares us in samsara and the reversal of which liberates us into nirvana. Having spent twenty-five chapters negating the most cherished beliefs of the Buddhist orthodoxy, it is interesting indeed that Nagarjuna chooses at the end to affirm that we do indeed experience samsara due to these causal links and that nirvana is possible by undoing what we’ve done.

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Taught in Melbourne, Victoria (Australia) on October 19 & 20, 2013

“Finding the Heart in the Heart Sutra” with Lama Marut

“Finding the Heart in the Heart Sutra,” based on the Heart Sutra and concentrating on the structure of the “five paths” of the spiritual life as well as the relationship between interdependence and emptiness.

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Taught at the Satyananda Yoga Ashram
in Rocklyn, Victoria, Australia, Nov 14 – 17, 2013

“Devotion is its Own Reward: : Finding the Bliss in Bhakti.” with Lama Marut

“In many traditions devotion is often described as the fastest path to enlightenment. During this retreat Lama Sumati Marut will delve deeply into the ways in which proper devotional practice can resurrect the divinity we have been missing and lead us to perfect happiness. Based on the “Narada Bhakti Sutra,” Lama Marut’s classes concentrate on the concept of “guru yoga” and other forms of spiritual devotion.

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Taught in Singapore
at Civil Service Club, Dec 3 – 6, 2013

“Living the Life of a Spiritual Renegade.” with Lama Marut

Extracts from the Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life (Beyond Words 2012) “It’s totally possible to be happy — not in some otherworldly heaven or Pure Land, but in the here and now. And no one has a better chance to realize this than people like us.”

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Taught Summer, 2014

“Explorations in Emptiness: The Emptiness of the Self” with Lama Marut

Chapters from Arya Nagarjuna’s Root Verses on the Middle Way as translated by Lama Marut.

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Taught Summer, 2014

“8 Components of a Yogic Lifestyle” with Lama Marut

New translations from the Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali as translated by Lama Marut.

The Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali are 196 Indian sūtras that constitute the foundational philosophy and practices of Ashtanga Yoga, also called Raja Yoga (in medieval times, Ashtanga Yoga was cast as one of the six orthodox āstika schools of Hindu philosophy). Originally the Yoga Sutras were compiled around 400 CE by Patañjali, taking materials about yoga from older traditions. Together with his commentary they form the Pātañjalayogaśāstra. (Yoga Sūtras of Patañjali)

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Taught Summer, 2014

“The Buddha Taught No Dharma” with Lama Marut

New translation of the Diamond Cutter Sutra by Lama Marut.

The Diamond Cutter Sutra is a classic text on the explorations of emptiness in a dialogue between the Buddha and Subhuti.

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Taught Summer, 2014

“Liberation in This Lifetime — How to Live Freely and Happily” with Lama Marut

Fresh translations of selected verses from the Ashtavakra Gita by Lama Marut.

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Taught Fall, 2014

“Explorations in Emptiness: The Emptiness Karma and Causation” with Lama Marut

Chapters from Arya Nagarjuna’s Root Verses on the Middle Way as translated by Lama Marut.

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Taught Fall, 2014

“Dropping Into Your True Nature” with Lama Marut

Selections from the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra presented and translated by Lama Marut.

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Taught Winter, 2015 via live webcast to Middle Way LA, Los Angeles, CA

“Unity in Diversity: The Yoga of Wisdom” with Lama Marut

This is “Part 1” of a 3 part series on the Bhagavad Gita. Presented and translated by Lama Marut.

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Taught in March, 2015 via live webcast to the Wisdom’s Heart Center in Gloucester, Massachusetts

“How to Live Well in a Messy World: The Yoga of Action” with Lama Marut

This is “Part 2” of a 3 part series on the Bhagavad Gita. Presented and translated by Lama Marut.

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Taught in July, 2015 via live webcast to the Diamond Heart Center in Nashville, Tennessee

“The Easy Path: The Yoga of Devotion” with Lama Marut

This is “Part 3” of a 3 part series on the Bhagavad Gita. Presented and translated by Lama Marut.

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Taught in April 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa

“Mindful Relationships: Cultivating the Six Perfections” with Lama Marut

Co-Taught with Lama Marut and Cindy Lee.

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Taught at the Rocklyn Yoga Ashram,
Victoria, Australia, Sept. 2015

“The Spiritual Path Beginning to End” with Lama Marut

An overview of the spiritual path from “A” to “Z,” following Atisha’s Sanskrit classic, “Lamp for the Path to Awakening.”

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Taught in Singapore,
Oct. 2015

“Get Unbusy” with Lama Marut

This course is subtitled “Defecting from the Cult of Busyness” and follows the examples put forward in the Bhagavad Gita, Ashtavakra Gita, Yoga Sutra, Hatha Yoga Pradipika, and the Guide to the Bodhisattva’s Way of Life.

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Taught at the Rocklyn Yoga Ashram,
Victoria, Australia, November, 2015

“The Yoga of Sound” with Cindy Lee, Andrew Mournehis and Lama Marut, from teachings during the Rocklyn Yoga Ashram Annual Retreat, Australia, Nov. 26-29, 2015

Co-presented by Cindy Lee, Andrew Mournehis and Lama Marut during the annual retreat teachings at the Rocklyn Yoga Ashram, Australia, Nov. 26-29, 2015

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