A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life

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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 ...

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Overview

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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By no means the first to frame spiritual practice as a form of rebellion, Lama Marut (aka Brian K. Smith) manages a fresh approach based on Asian philosophy, particularly Buddhist principles. An ordained monk trained in the Tibetan tradition and former professor of religious studies, the author argues that happiness is the most important goal in life, but it comes from within, not by depending on external, ephemeral factors such as money and relationships. An important key to happiness is giving to others. Focusing on karma as opposed to the usual Four Noble Truths, Lama Marut applies unusually cogent arguments that individuals can indeed change their relationship to the past and have control over their futures, yet be unable to change the present except for their responses to it. He draws on sources from ancient to modern to illustrate his ideas; he avoids sectarian spirituality as well as New Age clichés. Lama Marut knows how to describe concepts clearly and to make a persuasive case while entertaining his readers. His chapter on forgiveness is a particularly compelling gem of brevity. This provocative, “hip” guide (there’s a motorcycle on the cover) doesn’t weasel out on the importance of living a “morally pure life” to achieve happiness. Agent: Molly Lyons. (June)
author of Awakening the Buddha Within - Lama Surya Das
"A Spiritual Renegade's Guide is light and lively, also deeply wise and worth delving into. This practice manual will help us all bring Buddhist principles into daily life, here and now, including forgiveness, gratitude, ethical living, and experiencing for yourself the buoyant joy and happiness of spiritual living. I read and savored it."
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Publisher's Weekly Review:
By no means the first to frame spiritual practice as a form of rebellion, Lama Marut (aka Brian K. Smith) manages a fresh approach based on Asian philosophy, particularly Buddhist principles. An ordained monk trained in the Tibetan tradition and former professor of religious studies, the author argues that happiness is the most important goal in life, but it comes from within, not by depending on external, ephemeral factors such as money and relationships. An important key to happiness is giving to others. Focusing on karma as opposed to the usual Four Noble Truths, Lama Marut applies unusually cogent arguments that individuals can indeed change their relationship to the past and have control over their futures, yet be unable to change the present except for their responses to it. He draws on sources from ancient to modern to illustrate his ideas; he avoids sectarian spirituality as well as New Age clichés. Lama Marut knows how to describe concepts clearly and to make a persuasive case while entertaining his readers. His chapter on forgiveness is a particularly compelling gem of brevity. This provocative, “hip” guide (there’s a motorcycle on the cover) doesn’t weasel out on the importance of living a “morally pure life” to achieve happiness. Agent: Molly Lyons. (June)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582703732
  • Publisher: Atria Books/Beyond Words
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Edition description: Original
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 332,528
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

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Table of Contents

Preface: A Manifesto vii

Introduction Inciting Happiness xv

Part I Igniting the Happiness Revolution 1

1 Burning with Desire: Consumerism and Its Alternative-Radical Contentment 3

2 Waking Up: Recognizing the Miraculous Nature of Our Lives 19

3 Getting Stoked: Seizing the Means of the Production of Happiness 39

Part II Changing the Past 53

4 Preemptive and Unilateral Forgiveness: Ending the Repeated Resurrection of Frankenstein's Monster 55

5 Revisionist History: Being Grateful for Everything 85

Part III Controlling the Future 111

6 Letting Go of the Burning Coal: Detaching from the Sources of Suffering 113

7 Transforming the Future: From Worry and Anxiety to Trust and Control 159

Part IV Relaxing into the Present 207

8 Honking in Gridlock and Pop-Ups in Horrorland: Staying Happy-All Day, Every Day 209

9 Good Enough to Be Perfect: Overcoming Liberphobia and Working Hard to Relax 241

Epilogue: Inciting Happiness 24/7-The Components of a Sane Life 269

Notes 275

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2012

    Highly recommended

    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.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

    If you've ever had the chance to hear this amazing teacher speak

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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