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 frequently posted audio and video podcasts reach hundreds of thousands of people around the globe.
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.
Cindy Lee has studied and practiced Buddha Dharma for 20 years and has also undergone intensive training in the classical texts of yoga and Hindu philosophy. With a Bachelor of Arts from Swinburne University and a Graduate Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive Media, Cindy has taught as a university lecturer in film and media programs in Australia. She has produced video installations, short films and designed motion graphics for VJ’ing at electronic music festivals. As an artist Cindy’s teaching and practice is inspired by creativity; utilizing mythical archetype and the power of storytelling, leading kirtan and singing, and recalling training in dance, martial arts and yoga to inspire an energetic, visceral approach that encourages embodied awareness and integration with our true nature. She continues to offer Dharma and Yoga philosophy at retreats and workshops worldwide, and develop multimedia projects that are created with the intention to awaken wild, deep and consciously connected living.