Lama Marut (aka Brian K. Smith) may not be the first to frame spiritual practice as a form of rebellion, but manages a fresh approach based on Asian philosophy, particularly Buddhist principles.
An ordained monk trained in the Tibetan tradition where he lived for 8 years, and former professor of religious studies where he taught for two decades, 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 which he has now been teaching for over 15 years all over the world; he avoids sectarian spirituality as well as New Age clichés.
Cindy Lee has been studying and practising Buddhism since 1997, and teaching Dharma, meditation and yoga philosophy since 2007. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and an Advanced Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive Media, which she taught in university film and media programmes in Australia. She has also worked in Europe and the UK as a digital artist, film editor and video jockey. She has completed various short and long term silent retreats, but emphasizes the importance of engagement in the world.
His first book A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life was published in 2012 followed by Be Nobody in 2014
Lama Marut will be assisted by Cindy Lee during his visit to South Africa.
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