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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. When not traveling, he resides with his wife, Cindy Lee, in rural Australia.

In addition to several scholarly studies and translations based on Sanskr

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“Worrying about tomorrow doesn’t change tomorrow. But it does change today—and not for the better.”
Lama Marut, A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life

“Actually we cannot attain enlightenment until we give up the notion of me personally attaining it. As long as the enlightenment drama has a central character known as me, who has certain attributes, there is no hope of attaining enlightenment, because it’s nobody’s project.”
Lama Marut, Be Nobody

“The spiritual quest is ultimately not the freedom of the individual; it is the freedom from the individual. And one of the main reasons we are not free is that the “somebody self” resists its own dethronement as the sole monarch ruling the Kingdom of Me.”
Lama Marut, Be Nobody

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