Many places can help you with the Yoga of the body. But what is the Yoga of the mind? The word "Yoga" is everywhere these days, but it has largely lost its deeper meanings. Yoga is actually a philosophy for living well and happily.
One thing modern Yoga classes DO get right is that Yoga is a discipline, as in a way of training yourself to do something differently than you are used to. More powerfully. More beautifully. More effectively.
Join us as we explore what two great teachers have to say about this idea by looking at Master Patanjali's peerless "Yoga Sutra" as translated from the sanskrit by Lama Marut.
This is a great four part course for anyone, no matter where you are on your journey. And although there will probably not be any physical "asana" practice, I promise that if you apply yourself to the material, you can still break a sweat and firm up the core of who you are. (metaphorically speaking). Hope you can join us.
Where: Green Hills Public Library
When 6pm Jan 21, Feb 4, (dates for class 3&4 TBA)
RSVP at our Meetup Page
Ever noticed how sometimes you just need to give your electronic devices a fresh start to get them back on track? Well the same goes for us as well. And even though we can do this any time we want to, we have conveniently set up a special holiday to remind us of this somewhat magical truth, which we so easily forget.
Come join us. All are welcome. No prior study necessary. This is just a way to join intentions with other like minded folks who want to get a fresh start on being the best selves we can be.
We'll have some discussion, meditation, perhaps even a casual purification exercise as well.
When: Jan 1 (Recording available HERE)
P.S. Many thanks to the friendly people at The Yoga Room for letting have this event in their lovely studio.
Why are you where and who you are, and who and where will you be?
Based on the beautiful and intricate "Wheel of Life" teachings and the classic "12 Links of Dependent Origination", this amazing course explores the very fabric of our being, and gives us a compelling and practical set of tools to explore, examine, and potentially alter our personal course through this life (and maybe even through others). This is one of the Middle Way Courses based on Lama Marut's translations of ancient sacred texts. So it is presented with deep authenticity, but in a modern and very accessible context. Come explore with us.
When: CLASS COMPLETED
Audio and materials for the courses are available HERE.
Sow seeds for trees you’ll never sit under
Just like Johnny Appleseed who often never saw the fruits of his own labor, the REAL joy of doing something good is actually in the doing,
Come explore a great way to hack the good acts you are already partaking in and maybe turn some of your other activities towards a brighter path.
Class Completed. Recordings and materials available here
Thank you to everyone who attended and everyone who helped us have such a mind and heart expanding weekend. Audio from the events will be posted here shortly.
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.
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.
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.
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
Click here for map to Lilac Healing Center
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
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:
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.
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!
For more info on this AMAZING teacher, check out. lamamarut.org
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
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?”
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”
WATCH LIVE, AND PRERECORDED TEACHINGS FROM THE RETREAT AT THIS LINK:
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