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A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life May 30-31

Posted on April 29, 2012
Filed Under South Tahoe Events

Lama Marut, renowned American Buddhist monk, will be at Mtn Yoga May 30 and LTCC May 31 to present his practical and achievable—if not revolutionary—blueprint for creating and sustaining happiness in a modern age of consumerism, self-absorption, and stress outlined in his new book, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life.

As a surfer, motorcycle enthusiast, ordained Buddhist monk, and university professor, Marut is accessible to a broad audience.  Both events are free and open to the public.

A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life is an honest, brave, and playful guide. Through a series of meditations, exercises, and useful insights, Lama Marut offers a fresh take on our quest for happiness and the good life. Each chapter ends with an action plan designed to incite happiness and forge a clear path toward fulfillment. Microsoft tags throughout the book link to videos in which Lama Marut discusses each step in depth. The book is designed to help readers transform problems into opportunities, set themselves free from fear and anxiety, unburden past resentments, and create an action plan for true happiness.

“A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life is so good I wish I had written it myself! Seriously, you really should try to overcome your fear of bliss and start living the way Lama Marut suggests. I recommend this delightful book that should accompany your day to day from now on.”

—Robert A. F. “Tenzin” Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa professor of Buddhist Studies, Columbia University, cofounder of Tibet House US, and author of Why The Dalai Lama Matters

Lama Marut’s unique background and easy, down-to-earth style has attracted thousands of followers around the world of all ages and walks of life who gather to hear his call for a revolution of true and lasting happiness. He uses Western cultural signposts, pop references, and humor to help remove cross-cultural hurdles. A perfect combination of warmth and wit, Lama Marut makes even the most esoteric brain-busters of Eastern philosophy work as practical tools for immediate transformation. Marut pulls no punches in his hardcore presentation of timeless spiritual truths and their profound relevance to our modern Western world. Ruthlessly compassionate, he insists that the goals of the spiritual life are totally realizable—here and now.

A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life aims to disrupt your suffering, disturb your dissatisfaction, and elicit a deep-seated contentment.

May 30th (Wednesday) 7:30-9:30

“Improving the Inner Monologue”, a talk by Lama Marut

Mountain Yoga in the Tahoe Keys, in South Lake Tahoe

May 31st (Thursday) 7–9 pm

“A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life”

Lake Tahoe Community College (LTCC), Aspen Room in South Lake Tahoe

Lama Marut (a.k.a. Brian K. Smith) is the son and grandson of Baptist ministers, a motorcycle enthusiast, a former surfer, a PhD of comparative religions, and a fully ordained Buddhist monk. Marut has been teaching religion for 25 years. As a Sanskrit scholar and professor of comparative religions, he taught at Columbia University and the University of California, Riverside, where he is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies. For the past decade, he has been a popular teacher of Buddhist and yoga philosophy, spirituality, and meditation.


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