A Lama Sumati Marut Podcast

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.
Latest episodes
June 18, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
June 4, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
May 21, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
May 7, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
April 30, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
April 23, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
April 2, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
March 26, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
March 19, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
Feb. 26, 2017
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 [email protected] For more information about Lama Marut, please visit http://www.LamaMarut.org
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