Diamond Heart Dharma

Ancient wisdom, modern happiness

Lamapalooza 2014 is here!

Lama Marut and Cindy Lee are returning to Nashville From July 31st to August 3rd, for a series of fantastic events. From a book launch at Parnassus, to a lively talk with two other prominent spiritual leaders at Scarrrit Bennett, to a series of public and limited admission talks at the beautiful Cheekwood, there's going to be a lot going on.   

Multiple events.  Multiple days.  Multiple shots at finding happiness.

Thursday July 31

6:00 pm, Book launch at Parnassus Books

7:30 pm. "A Buddhist, A Christian, and a Jew walk into a room: Finding Compliment and Contrast in Spiritual Life"   at Scarritt Bennett

Friday Aug 1 at Cheekwood

3:30 pm "Absolute Infinite" A journey through the Chakra system with Cindy Lee

7:00 pm. Lama Marut ”Life as Art, Work as Play: Action Done for its Own Sake”

Saturday Aug 2 and Sunday Aug 3 at Cheekwood

"The Buddha Taught No Dharma": A Middle Way Course from Lama Marut

1:00 pm and 4pm both days


Look below for details on all events and even RSVP by event, at our Meetup site

•Thursday July 31st 6pm at Parnassus Books

Join us at one of the nation's most well known independent bookstores for Lama Marut's official Nashville launch and talk for his new book, "Be Nobody".

He'll give a short talk and stay around to sign books.


Parnassus books: 3900 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN  :  615.953.2243

parnassusbooks.net


•Thursday July 31st 7:30pm at Scarritt Bennett

"A Buddhist, A Christian, and a Jew walk into a room: Finding Compliment and Contrast in Spiritual Life"

       Lama Marut                        Molly T Marshall                  Rabbi Rami Shapiro

It is rare to find a really well trained spiritual teacher who also has the gift of being able to convey their wisdom and journey in a modern and relatable and even humorous way.  Well how about finding THREE of them in the same room for one night only?  

That's right. To be held at the lovely campus of Scarritt Bennett, this talk is shaping up to be one for the ages.  


When: Thursday July 31st at 7:30 pm

Where: Scarritt Bennett Center 

1008 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

More details to come…


Friday August 1st, 3:30 pm at Cheekwood

DO NOT MISS THIS VERY SPECIAL ENGAGEMENT
During her upcoming visit to Nashville, internationally loved spiritual teacher and all around rocking lady Cindy Lee has agreed to our request to offer a teaching, and it's a real wonder inducing subject which she shares with her characteristic passion and humor and brilliance.

Journey through the chakra system using the "3 doors of expression" - body, speech and mind - to strike at the heart of our purpose in life.

This workshop concentrates on strengthening our foundations through the lower chakras, entering into the mystery of self-transcendence in the upper chakras, and meeting in the centre, at the heart of our practice, in relationship with all.

Course will be held at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens.  This course is offered by requested donation of $20, but no one will be turned away.

* There will be the option for some very light movement elements to work with the teachings in the body. This can be done on a yoga mat (if you have one) or just standing or even sitting if need be.

* There will also be time to write and reflect on blockages in our path - please bring a notebook and pen.

•Friday August 1st 7pm at Cheekwood

”Life as Art, Work as Play: Action Done for its Own Sake”

We are happiest when we’re “in the zone,” fully engaged in action for its own sake. Join Lama Marut for a discussion about his new book, “Be Nobody,” and learn how to bring the joys of artistic creation and play into one’s everyday activities.





This public event will be held  at the fabulous Cheekwood Botanical Gardens. What better place to discuss joyful ways of living?  Location: 1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205


$20 requested donation. Admission to Cheekwood is included. 

(No one turned away for lack of funds.)


*Saturday & Sunday Aug 2nd & 3rd, 1pm & 4pm each day

"The Buddha Taught No Dharma": A Middle Way Course

This course is part of Lama Marut's multi-year effort to visit Middle Way Centers worldwide and offer original translations of dozens of traditional Buddhist teachings, tightly interwoven with similar teachings from other traditions, such as Hinduism, Christianity, and even a non-religious moral point of view.


This particular course is exceptional in that it challenges the idea of what we think we know about who the "Buddha" was, and what he taught.  What is the historical significance of any religious figure.  What is the value of them beyond the accuracy or inaccuracy of what we think we know about them historically?  


Where do spiritually helpful teachings really come from?  These are some of the questions which this course will address.  Not to be missed for anyone looking to truly advance their spiritual life.


Where: Cheekwood Botanical Gardens

1200 Forrest Park Dr, Nashville, TN 37205


When: 4 sessions total.

Saturday Aug 2nd at 1pm and 4pm, and Sunday Aug 3rd at 1pm and 4pm 

Limited seating available.

This course is offered by donation only. Admission to Cheekwood is included.


Living Mindfully in a Noisy World

Course completed.  Check below for audio.

Is mindfulness a fad or  something to be desired? Is it something anyone can achieve or just a select few? What would we do with it if we had it? Bottom line, will it make us happier, and if so, how do we get there? 


Over the next 4 weeks we will explored this exact topic from both ancient and modern perspectives to see if we can not only unlock the secrets of finding mindfulness in our lives, but also whether we can find ways to make it a part of who we are in this busy modern world. 


Final Class: Tuesday July 8th

More details and RSVP at our Meetup Page Here:

meetup.com/diamond-heart-dharma

And you can click here to get audio recordings of the classes

The Four Worthy Truths
How to use Buddha's powerful life-hacking code to rewire yourself for greater happiness

We completed our four week course on the very first teaching given by the being known as "The Buddha" or the awakened one.  (AKA: a guy who learned how to be truly happy, and was nice enough to leave some tips for us to follow.)

IMPORTANT:  Each class is self contained. If you missed the first one, no worries! Just come to the next one.


 AUDIO OF ALL FOUR CLASSES IS AVAILABLE HERE.


This is not your ordinary "Buddhist" course. This is the first course in the new and developing Middle Way Center curriculum, being created by our Spiritual Director Lama Marut, and taught at affiliated Middle Way Centers all over the globe.  


The material will draw from and show the connections between most all of the world's spiritual traditions, as well as the various forms of non-spiritual moral ways of living. 

The courses are very accessible and meaningful for beginners and old "Buddha-heads" alike.  Each course will stand on it's own but to get the most out of it, it is highly recommended to come for each of the four Wednesdays. 


No charges for these events.  Donation only.


Check back here or at our Meetup Page  details on upcoming events.


New Years Day Renewal (recording available)

UPDATE: Get the event audio here.

What better way to kick of the NEW YEAR than with a bunch of like minded people all trying to better themselves for a good cause? 

Come join us at 6pm at Lilac for a little discussion and some ideas about how to make the most of your next trip around the sun.  We may even do some kind of purification ceremony so the transformation feels official and everything. 


"A bridge of silver wings stretches from the dead ashes of an unforgiving nightmare to the jeweled vision of a life started anew."

~ Aberjhani, The River of Winged Dreams


 and Click here for map to Lilac Healing Center

Lama Marut and Cindy Lee Rocked Nashville

Lamapalooza 2013, Was FANTASTIC

Three nights of wit, insight, and passionate wisdom.

 

Thanks so much to these amazing teachers for bringing their amazing brand of wit, insight, passion, and wisdom to Nashville again for the second year.  We look forward to next summer!

Meanwhile check out our schedule of regular monthly meetings.

And to hear more from these two great teachers, check out their websites. 

More info about Lama Marut at lamamarut.org

More info about Cindy Lee at siddha-songs.org 

Towards a Global, Inclusive, and Practical Buddhism

In this, the third of three internet talks to the seven Middle Way Centers around the world, Lama Marut addresses the question of how we can make the the spiritual teachings of Buddhism accessible  and relevant to people in the modern world — Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike.
Specific topics in this talk will include:
Translating the teachings into ordinary English and avoiding foreign, esoteric, and overly sectarian terminology
Applying the teachings to every aspect of our everyday lives and not keeping them quarantined from the reality we live in
Acknowledging the equality of men and women and emphasizing a householder rather than a monastic orientation
Centering our practice on the here and now rather than fixating on the supernatural or other-worldly goals
Taking personal responsibility for our own practice and for our relationship with our teachers
Other centers times and dates:
6pm, May 18, Los Angeles & Reno
7pm, May 18, Saskatoon
8pm, May 18, Nashville
9pm, May 18, Cape Ann
11pm, May 19, Melbourne

Lama Sumati Marut has been an incredibly incisive and wise commenter upon and practitioner of a modern yet totally authentic form of Buddhism, set firmly in our current intellectual and spiritual environment.  

Recently he outlined some very clear and inspiring suggestions of how we might look at how to preserve and practice our Buddhism today.  If you've ever had any interest in spiritual progress, but perhaps a bit of dismay or concern for a thoughtful and helpful way to practice it, then these talks are something you should really check out.  

Full of his charactaristic wit and wisdom, Lama Marut really nails down the essence of the practice, helping us understand "what to give up and what to take up" in a brilliantly applicable way. 

Check it out here:

http://lamamarut.org/audio-video-downloads/global-inclusive-buddhism/ 

About the name change...

Your eyes do not deceive you.  We've changed our name.  Here's a short explanation.  Basically as Buddhism evolves and truly seats itself in our culture, we are finding ways to better make it seat itself in our individual lives.  And our spiritual director Lama Marut is making great strides in trying to figure out and describe what that might look like.  Here's another powerful dude who was kind of describing the same thing.

 

The Spiritual Renegade Rides!

Lama Marut has a new book launched last June, and it has been getting great feedback.  Formerly known as Brian Smith, his story and way of looking at things is very accessible because he grew up and lived a thoroughly western life, focused on career, family, surfing and motorbikes.    

But then something shifted in him and his always present spiritual path became his primary path.  In this book Lama Marut lays out a way of looking at life which is insightful and bold and most of all, practical.  

Definitely worth a read!  

And go ahead and preorder your copy on Amazon or direct from the Publisher, or check out the one stop all you wanted to know page here: http://www.beyondword.com/lamamarut/

For more info on this AMAZING teacher, check out.  lamamarut.org

ACI-Nashville Urban Gardening Volunteer Day

This urban garden set up by Hands On Nashville is simply an INCREDIBLE project, taking land ruined by flood and turning it into a food and educational asset to the city.

That's real spiritual alchemy!  

 

 

 

 

  

 

Check out the Pic Gallery 

Practical Happiness Workshop Audio

Finding Bliss in the Real World 

One of our local workshops.  Listen to audio of the event HERE:

adsasdFinding Bliss in the Real World



There are certain forces in our lives that seem to continually keep us riding the roller coaster of highs and lows. You've probably noticed a pattern of things in your life being initially attractive and then over time their attractiveness wanes?

Why is that?  And do we have any control over that?

If we could understand this problem of how we perpetually act, think, and speak in ways that force us to experience this same roller coaster ride, perhaps we could do something about it.

In this workshop we will address the very roots of this problem, but more specifically we will introduce an amazing and simple practice that will help you to create lasting peace and happiness for yourself and those around you.

Through this practice you will work hands on with the direct correlations between an ethical life and total happiness.

When: July 25th

Where: The Yoga Room

Time: 7 pm - 9 pm

Cost: Free, Donation
Finding Bliss in the Real World



There are certain forces in our lives that seem to continually keep us riding the roller coaster of highs and lows. You've probably noticed a pattern of things in your life being initially attractive and then over time their attractiveness wanes?

Why is that?  And do we have any control over that?

If we could understand this problem of how we perpetually act, think, and speak in ways that force us to experience this same roller coaster ride, perhaps we could do something about it.

In this workshop we will address the very roots of this problem, but more specifically we will introduce an amazing and simple practice that will help you to create lasting peace and happiness for yourself and those around you.

Through this practice you will work hands on with the direct correlations between an ethical life and total happiness.

When: July 25th

Where: The Yoga Room

Time: 7 pm - 9 pmWhen: July 25th

Where: The Yoga Room

Time: 7 pm - 9 pm

Cost: Free, Donation

No more "No Worries" tour.  Long live "No Worries".

This tour is over now. But we can look back on an amazing body of teachings he shared with us this summer.  Thank you dear teacher.

THE SUMMER RETREAT: (Completed)

“Freedom: From What? To What?”

http://thesummerretreat.com/ 

Check out this AMAZING photo journal by Summer Retreat attendee Atali Carr.  Wow! 

 

Great Retreat Teachings: (Completed)

“Inner World, Outer World: Retreat, Meditation, and the Way of Selfless Love” 

 http://www.greatretreatteachings.org/

WATCH LIVE, AND PRERECORDED TEACHINGS FROM THE RETREAT AT THIS LINK:

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/diamond-mountain-central-channel

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