ABOUT LAMA MARUT
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.
Often the Western image of a Tibetan Buddhist monk is of an Asian man in red robes who speaks very little English, who has spent years in a monastery, and probably a good deal of time meditating in stark isolation. There are extraordinary Tibetan Lamas who escaped from Tibet in 1959 and are teaching in this country. They have taught and written about the core of Buddhism at all levels. Their teachings have inspired millions in the West to begin to practice, but if Buddhism is going to survive, it will have to be nativized. We must preserve the teachings and keep them pure - the Tibetans have done this with incredible meticulousness and devotion – and we must also bring them into our own culture and time. This means training American teachers who can legitimately carry on an authentic lineage.
Lama Marut has been deeply and elegantly trained. There are those that say you can tell a great Lama from his students. Lindsay Crouse, Rick Blue, and Cindy Lee have all graduated from the advanced teachings in the Gelugpa tradition and taken Lama Marut as their heart teacher. Bob Arnold, Dr. Pat O’Brian and Stephanie and Michael Johnson are all trained by Lama Marut.
We’ll all be teaching at the retreat. So you can see for yourself.