A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life

Spiritual renegades guide
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ISBN: 978-1-58270-373-2
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A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life

Lama Marut

2013 Nautilus Book Award Silver Medal Winner

For Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike, A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life, Lama Marut voices the next generation of spiritualism by addressing today's need for fearless honesty, practicality, and simplicity, and offering meditations and action plans designed to incite true, unpackaged happiness.

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A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life is an honest, fearless, and often humorous manifesto standing as a practical and achievable (if not radical and revolutionary) blueprint for creating and sustaining happiness in an age of consumerism, self-absorption, and stress. The book will connect with a broad range of readers of all ages, races, religious and non-religious, and Buddhist or non-Buddhist backgrounds.

Lama Marut's provocative yet compassionate guide argues against the capitalist idea that happiness is a consumer product, sold to us by the best advertising agencies. Through a series of meditations, exercises, and insights, Lama Marut offers a fresh take on our quest for happiness and the good life, here and now.

A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life ends each chapter with an action plan designed to incite true, unpackaged happiness. This book is bound to disrupt your suffering, disturb your dissatisfaction, and elicit a deep-seated contentment. Happiness is in our hands; we only need to shake off our inertia and incite it!


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Meet the Author

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.

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“While reading this book, thinking about this book, and trying his suggestions I have begun to experience what life is like when one puts 'the horse before the cart.' I am experiencing a lot more time and a lot more love, and I am extremely grateful. It's brilliant.”

—Mary McDonnel
Academy Award nominated actress for Dances With Wolves

“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.”

—Molly Lyons
Publishers Weekly

“This book 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, desperately seeking yourself—your real, deep down, joyful being indivisible from the infinite love energy of the unreasonably free happiness that is the reality of this universe! Cannot recommend this delightful book enough. It should accompany your day to day from now on, if you’re smart and lucky!”

—Robert Thurman
Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Buddhist Studies, Columbia University, Co-founder of Tibet House US, author of Why the Dalai Lama Matters

“Lama Marut skillfully and eloquently describes how happiness naturally emerges as a reward of authentic spiritual practice. A marvelous guide for those choosing to walk on joy’s path.”

—Michael Bernard Beckwith
author of Spiritual Liberation

“I can think of few teachers of spirituality more capable of offering the profound and rich traditions of Buddhism and the visionary voices of yoga. When you meet Lama Marut you encounter greatness, a place where the heart and mind are one, and the company you keep presents a rare presence that can change your life.”

—Douglas R. Brooks
Author and Professor of Religion, University of Rochester

“Lama Marut is a great teacher, a master. . . . His conviction is palpable. He's not giving us information, he's leading us to self-revelation. That's a different quality of teaching. And his joy in doing it is indescribably fun. . . . He's changed me in just about every way. I'm happy, and I know how to perpetuate that.”

—Lindsay Crouse
Academy Award Nominated Actress

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.”

—Lama Surya Das
author of Awakening the Buddha Within
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All in the Same Boat—Lama Marut's Decision to Tour without his Robes

If you've been lucky enough to catch Lama Marut on his recent book tour, you may have noticed something very different. Standing before you was an ordained, Buddhist monk without his traditional robes. Instead, Lama Marut has been dressed just like you or I during his 20-city North American tour. Why? Well, it all has to do with showing that we are all "In the Same Boat".  Teacher and student, author and reader, we are all in th...
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