lama_portraitLama 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 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) and his new book, Be Nobody (Beyond Words, 2014). With his unique mixture of erudition and earthiness, intensity and humor, conviction and openness, Lama Marut’s message is easily accessible and life changing.

Lama Marut 2011 How to finally be HAPPY

In this audio, Lama Marut introduces the 2011 Summer Retreat in Massachusetts by talking about the virtues of going on retreat, letting go of all stress, and being able to practice real freedom for a few days.


2011 Summer Retreat: a Photojournal

A heartfelt collection of snapshots taken by Atali Samuel during the 2011 annual Tibetan Buddhist Summer Retreat hosted by Lama Marut and the Angel Crew: Lama Cindy Lee, Lindsay Crouse, Lama Rick Blue and a team of amazing Yoga and Tai Chi instructors. For more info visit