Lama Marut Podcast Archive

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  • 423 Getting Angry at Anger
    by Lama Sumati Marut on June 18, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    While the foundational approach involves fighting anger with its opposite --patience-- we can also use anger to overcome anger. This podcast is taken from retreat teachings on Bintan Island, Indonesia, given in May, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 422 What We Really Desire
    by Lama Sumati Marut on June 4, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    The Mahayana approach to the problem of desire is to realize that what we really desire is the end of desire. This podcast is taken from retreat teachings on Bintan Island, Indonesia, given in May, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 421 Fighting Desire
    by Lama Sumati Marut on May 21, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Desire, defined by one text as the inability to discriminate, clouds our innate wisdom. The foundational method for combatting it is through renunciation. This podcast is taken from retreat teachings on Bintan Island, Indonesia, given in May, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 420 Conceptual Meditations on Emptiness
    by Lama Sumati Marut on May 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Lama Marut reviews the classical arguments for emptiness and interdependence and the importance of compassion complementing intellectual wisdom. This podcast is taken from retreat teachings on Bintan Island, Indonesia, given in May, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 419 Ignorance and the Cultivation of Wisdom
    by Lama Sumati Marut on April 30, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    While the Vajrayana emphasis is mainly on non-conceptual wisdom, it presupposes the foundational path’s cultivation of better concepts about reality. This podcast is taken from retreat teachings on Bintan Island, Indonesia, given in May, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 418 Embodying Your Natural Wisdom
    by Lama Sumati Marut on April 23, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Cindy Lee reviews the Vajrayana understanding of non-conceptual natural wisdom and the gestures (mudras) and speech (mantras) that embody and express it. This podcast is taken from retreat teachings on Bintan Island, Indonesia, given in May, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 417 Working Within the Mandala
    by Lama Sumati Marut on April 2, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Cindy Lee explains the meaning of “mandala” as a cosmic mapping of the suffering world and the creative workshop for transforming it. This podcast is taken from retreat teachings on Bintan Island, Indonesia, given in May, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 416 The Five Mental Afflictions
    by Lama Sumati Marut on March 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    All forms of suffering can be traced to one or another of the five principal mental afflictions, and Buddhism offers three different strategies for dealing with them: opposing them with their opposites, compassion, and the Vajrayana method of transformation. This podcast is taken from retreat teachings on Bintan Island, Indonesia, given in May, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 415 Nothing Needs to Change
    by Lama Sumati Marut on March 19, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Lama Marut explains some of the basic assumptions of the Vajrayana teaching on the Five Buddha Families, including the crucial idea that there is no inherent difference between the suffering world and the enlightened one. This podcast is taken from retreat teachings on Bintan Island, Indonesia, given in May, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 414 The Future Is Now
    by Lama Sumati Marut on February 26, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Spiritually validated ways for thinking about the future in the here and now. This podcast was taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Oct. 15, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 413 Expectations Are Disappointments in Training
    by Lama Sumati Marut on January 29, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    If we believe we can control and predict the future, we are setting ourselves up for suffering. This podcast is taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Oct. 15, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 412 Expectation Versus Anticipation
    by Lama Sumati Marut on January 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    There are different ways of thinking of the future, some useful and some not so much. This podcast was taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Oct. 15, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 411 The Past and Future Mirror Each Other
    by Lama Sumati Marut on January 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Our usual understanding of the past and future are similar kinds of illusions, and both determine the way we see the present. This podcast is taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Oct. 15, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 410 Remembering in the Here and Now
    by Lama Sumati Marut on December 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    History does not repeat itself, but because of memory we delude ourselves and fail to perceive the uniqueness of each situation and every person we encounter. This podcast is taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Oct. 15, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org […]

  • 409 Can We Really ‘Be Here Now'?
    by Lama Sumati Marut on December 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Living fully in the present is the real goal of a spiritual practice. But is it possible? And even if it is possible, is it desirable? This podcast was taken from a teaching given in Singapore on Oct. 17, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • 408 Generating Confidence
    by Lama Sumati Marut on November 20, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The goals of a spiritual life can be attained if we generate confidence in the teachings, the teachers, and most importantly in ourselves. This podcast was taken from a teaching given in Los Angeles in July of 2013. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • 407 Awakening as Forgetting
    by Lama Sumati Marut on November 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The goal of the spiritual traditions of India is a matter not of remembering but of forgetting. This podcast was taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Aug. 13, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • The Problems of Remembering
    by Lama Sumati Marut on October 30, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    While remembering is often portrayed as a spiritual virtue, it also seems that memory creates the causes of suffering by giving us the illusion of a continuous self, creating negative habitual emotional responses, and providing conceptual categories that preclude direct experience of reality as it is. This podcast was taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Aug. 13, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Excessive Mindfulness
    by Lama Sumati Marut on October 9, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Mindfulness is a technique for staying concentrated on the present, but it can also be just another way to be self-absorbed and alienated from others. This podcast was taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Aug. 13, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • The Positive Role of Memory in Indian Spirituality
    by Lama Sumati Marut on October 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Memory (or “mindfulness”) is valued highly in the yogic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions. This podcast was taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Aug. 13, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Memory and Mindfulness
    by Lama Sumati Marut on September 25, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The same Sanskrit word has been translated in two different, even contradictory ways. Mindfulness means paying attention to the present, while memory is about remembering the past; in religion, the “great sin is forgetting.” This podcast is taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Aug. 13, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Be Here Now, But Also Remember
    by Lama Sumati Marut on September 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    It is a spiritual truism that it is important to “be here, now” and not drift off into the past or the future. But our spiritual traditions also emphasize the importance of remembering, providing us with seemingly contradictory advice. This podcast is taken from a teaching given in Melbourne on Aug. 13, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • It’s Like This Now, Part Four
    by Lama Sumati Marut on August 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Does living fully in the present preclude memory? Would the enlightened state, which would entail the direct perception of reality as it is, involve shutting down of concepts and emotional responses derived from the past? This podcast is taken from a teaching given at the Javaa Yoga Center in Mentone, Australia, on May 24, 2016 Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • It’s Like This Now, Part Three
    by Lama Sumati Marut on July 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Are there downsides to the goal of living fully in the present? In this podcast, Lama Marut reviews the possible objections to the “It’s Like This Now” mantra. This podcast is taken from a teaching given at the Javaa Yoga Center in Mentone, Australia, on May 24, 2016 Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • It’s Like This Now, Part Two
    by Lama Sumati Marut on July 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The “It’s Like This Now” mantra helps us to pay attention and be grateful when things are going well, but the mental afflictions are all aligned against contentment with the present. This podcast is taken from a teaching given at the Javaa Yoga Center in Mentone, Australia, on May 24, 2016 Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • It’s Like This Now, Part One
    by Lama Sumati Marut on July 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Living fully in the present is the true goal of a spiritual life. The “reality mantra” of “It’s Like This Now” helps keep us in the present, because it’s always “like this now.” This podcast is taken from a teaching given at the Javaa Yoga Center in Mentone, Australia, on May 24, 2016 Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Protecting the Mind With Mantras
    by Lama Sumati Marut on May 29, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Reciting sacred mantras protect our minds from the usual monologue going on in there. This podcast was taken from a teaching given at the Middle Way, LA, center, on February 20, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • The Meaning of "Om"
    by Lama Sumati Marut on May 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Chanting and meditating on “om” takes us beyond the intelligible and into the unfathomable. This podcast was taken from a teaching given at the Middle Way, LA, center, on February 20, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • The Sonic Spectrum
    by Lama Sumati Marut on May 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    “One becomes liberated through sound,” says one Indian text. In this podcast, Lama Marut reviews the “sonic spectrum,” moving from language to meaningless but powerful phonetics to utter silence. This podcast was taken from a teaching given at the Middle Way, LA, center, on February 20, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Religion and Politics
    by Lama Sumati Marut on April 17, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    In this special one-hour podcast, Lama Marut suggests some spiritual guidelines for acting with courage and sanity in response to the politics of fear and hate. This podcast is taken from an internet teaching given to the Wisdom's Heart center in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on April 9, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • The Yoga of Sound
    by Lama Sumati Marut on April 3, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The goal of all spiritual traditions is peace of mind, but there are different methods for reaching it. The yoga of sound (nada yoga) utilizes our sense of hearing to help us reach a one-pointed mind, moving from sound to silence. This podcast was taken from a teaching given at the Middle Way, LA, center, on February 20, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Taking Control of the Illusion
    by Lama Sumati Marut on March 27, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Karma works, but only in an illusory fashion – which means you can’t explain it or manipulate it. Taking control of the illusion means recognizing it as an illusion, which is the beginning of wisdom. This podcast was taken from an internet teaching given to Wisdom’s Heart in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on January 30, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Karma Is Empty, But It Works
    by Lama Sumati Marut on March 13, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    To say karma is “empty” does not imply it doesn't work at all. This podcast was taken from an internet teaching given to Wisdom’s Heart in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on January 30, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • How Does Karma Work?
    by Lama Sumati Marut on March 6, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    If we can understand how karma works, we can manipulate it to our own ends. But when we examine the actual mechanism of karma, we encounter many problems. This podcast was taken from an internet teaching given to Wisdom’s Heart in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on January 30, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Karma and Control
    by Lama Sumati Marut on February 28, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Karma works, but can we understand how it works? Can we gain intellectual understanding of the mechanism of karma and thereby control our future? In this first part of a teaching based on Nagarjuna’s treatment of cause and effect, Lama Marut introduces the discussion on karmic cause and effect, emphasizing the importance of intention. This podcast was taken from an internet teaching given to Wisdom’s Heart in Gloucester, Massachusetts, on January 30, 2016. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • The End of the Path
    by Lama Sumati Marut on February 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    The goal of a spiritual path is to return to the ordinary, but with new eyes. This podcast is taken from an internet teaching given to the Middle Way LA group on Dec. 13, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Mountains Are Not Mountains
    by Lama Sumati Marut on February 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Lama Marut speaks about mystical experience and its potential to transform the practitioner. This podcast is taken from an internet teaching given to the Middle Way LA group on Dec. 13, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • The Beginning of a Spiritual Path
    by Lama Sumati Marut on February 7, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Lama Marut outlines three aspects of the beginning of a spiritual path. This podcast is taken from an internet teaching given to the Middle Way LA group on Dec. 13, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Map Is Not Territory
    by Lama Sumati Marut on January 31, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Different traditions offer somewhat different mappings of the spiritual path, but the actual territory each of traverses on our journey will be individual. Nevertheless, maps are helpful, and Lama Marut here outlines three main landmarks on the path. This podcast is taken from an internet teaching given to the Middle Way LA group on Dec. 13, 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

  • Taking Responsibility
    by Lama Sumati Marut on April 19, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    Your happiness is not someone else’s responsibility, and your unhappiness is not someone else’s fault. This podcast comes from the introduction to a group retreat held at the Buddhist Retreat Centre in Ixopo, South Africa, in May of 2015. Write to us at For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.middlewayla.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit lamamarut.org/podcasts/ […]

See the entire 10 year podcast archive here >