Born Brian K. Smith to a second-generation Baptist minister, Lama Marut had a strong interest in spirituality from a very young age, along with a passion for motorcycles, surfing, and yoga. He earned a Ph.D. in comparative religion before becoming an ordained Buddhist monk. He has worked as a professor at Columbia University and the University of California Riverside. Marut is founder and spiritual director of three spiritual centers and serves as a founding board member and staff teacher at the Yoga Studies Institute.
A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life (with embedded video)by Lama Marut
Start a Revolution, Incite Happiness! Delivered with fearless candor and disarming humor, Lama Marut introduces a simple set of exercises that offers a revolutionary yet wholly practical approach to creating and sustaining happiness in a complex modern age. Integrating the ancient teachings of Tibetan Buddhism into the everyday grind, A Spiritual/b>/i>
Start a Revolution, Incite Happiness! Delivered with fearless candor and disarming humor, Lama Marut introduces a simple set of exercises that offers a revolutionary yet wholly practical approach to creating and sustaining happiness in a complex modern age. Integrating the ancient teachings of Tibetan Buddhism into the everyday grind, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life presents a fresh take on our quest for a joyful existence. Each chapter includes an action plan designed to elicit true happiness and forge a clear path toward fulfillment. You’ll learn how to: • transform problems into opportunities; • set yourself free from fear and anxiety; • unburden yourself of past resentment; • create an action plan for true happiness. Further explore the concepts of a spiritual renegade lifestyle through Microsoft Tags within this book, which link to online videos of Lama Marut discussing each of his concepts firsthand. This book is bound to disrupt your suffering, disturb your dissatisfaction, and elicit a deep-seated contentment. Happiness is in your hands.
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I have listened to countless podcasts of Lama Marut and gotten so much out of them I hoped this book would match that same level. And, it did! As Lama Marut would say: there is no news here, just lots of olds. But the way the book is laid out and the rounding out of the teachings added much more to what I had already learned in the past. Lama Marut's relaxed, approachable style removes so much of the archaic language of the original texts that can make some of these concepts difficult to grasp. I highly reccomend this book for novice and advanced practitioner alike.
If you've ever had the chance to hear this amazing teacher speak, you'll recognize his sharp wit and cutting analysts immediately in this book. And of course it's got plenty of laugh inducing cleverness and modern cultural authenticity. But mostly this book just works. It delivers the goods as he sometimes says. Lama Marut has a gift for making incredibly deep esoteric ideas seem not only accessible, but wholly practicable. If you are tired of the same old shtick in so called self-help books, this bold and in-your-face assembly of wisdom can function as a powerful handbook for creating more happiness, for yourself and others.