“It’s Like This Now: Past and Future from the Present Perspective.”
August 3, 5pm - 7pm
Suggested donation - $35
This talk will be an exploration of the meaning and complications of the spiritual truism and injunction to “Be Here, Now.” Do we really ever live entirely in the present? Is it possible, let alone healthy, to forget the past? And can we live responsibly without anticipating and planning for the future? Realistically, past, present, and future are not separable and we’ll outline ways that they can exist harmoniously and happily in the mind of the spiritual practitioner.
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 has served for the past sixteen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world, and is currently the Spiritual Director for “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 and of Be Nobody (both published by Beyond Words). His audio and video podcasts reach hundreds of thousands of people around the globe and a new documentary featuring Lama Marut has just been released on DVD or Video on Demand.
With his unique mixture of erudition and earthiness, intensity and humor, conviction and openness, Lama Marut’s message is easily accessible and potentially life-changing.