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A Lama Sumati Marut Podcast
By Lama Sumati Marut
About this podcast
Lama Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is extensively trained in the spiritual traditions of India and Tibetan Buddhism. He holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Religion and taught for over two decades in the academic world, first at Columbia University and later at the University of California, where he retired as Professor Emeritus in 2004. He lived as a Buddhist monk for eight years and has served for the past fifteen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world. Lama Marut is currently the Spiritual Director of eight “Middle Way Centers” located in North America, Australia, and Singapore. In addition to several scholarly studies and translations based on Sanskrit materials, he is the author of the popular and award-winning book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life (Beyond Words, 2012). With his unique mixture of erudition and earthiness, intensity and humor, conviction and openness, Lama Marut’s message is easily accessible and life changing.
Episodes (Total: 412)
April 23, 2017 · 00:14:08
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
April 2, 2017 · 00:12:34
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
March 26, 2017 · 00:14:11
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
March 19, 2017 · 00:17:52
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
Feb. 26, 2017 · 00:19:28
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
Jan. 29, 2017 · 00:19:38
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
Jan. 15, 2017 · 00:08:32
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
Jan. 1, 2017 · 00:07:47
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
Dec. 25, 2016 · 00:17:52
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
Dec. 4, 2016 · 00:31:26
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
Nov. 20, 2016 · 00:20:41
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
Nov. 6, 2016 · 00:20:23
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
Oct. 30, 2016 · 00:31:41
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
Oct. 9, 2016 · 00:11:09
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
Oct. 2, 2016 · 00:22:31
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
Sept. 25, 2016 · 00:12:35
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
Sept. 4, 2016 · 00:13:02
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
Aug. 7, 2016 · 00:20:40
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
July 31, 2016 · 00:15:28
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
July 17, 2016 · 00:20:13
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 podcast@mahasukha.org For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org For additional audio teachings, please visit http://www.mahasukha.org/media/ To subscribe to more of Lama Maruts audio and video podcasts please visit podcast.mahasukha.org
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