A Spiritual Renegade's Guide to the Good Life

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 5, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 290 pages
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Start a Revolution, Incite Happiness!

Delivered with fearless candor and disarming humor, Lama Marut introduces a simple set of exercises that offers a revolutionary yet wholly practical approach to creating and sustaining happiness in a complex modern age.

Integrating the ancient teachings of Tibetan Buddhism into the everyday grind, A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life presents a fresh take on our quest for a joyful existence. Each chapter includes an action plan designed to elicit true happiness and forge a clear path toward fulfillment. You’ll learn how to:

• transform problems into opportunities;

• set yourself free from fear and anxiety;

• unburden yourself of past resentment;

• create an action plan for true happiness.

Further explore the concepts of a spiritual renegade lifestyle through Microsoft Tags within this book, which link to online videos of Lama Marut discussing each of his concepts firsthand. This book is bound to disrupt your suffering, disturb your dissatisfaction, and elicit a deep-seated contentment. Happiness is in your hands.
 

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Contents

Its AlternativeRadical Contentment
3
Recognizing the Miraculous
19
Seizing the Means of
39
Changing the Past
53
Being Grateful
85
Detachingfrom the Sources ofSuffering
113
From Worry
159
Relaxing into the Present
207
Epilogue Inciting Happiness 247
269
Notes
275
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Born Brian K. Smith to a second-generation Baptist minister, Lama Marut had a strong interest in spirituality from a very young age, along with a passion for motorcycles, surfing, and yoga. He earned a Ph.D. in comparative religion before becoming an ordained Buddhist monk. He has worked as a professor at Columbia University and the University of California Riverside. Marut is founder and spiritual director of three spiritual centers and serves as a founding board member and staff teacher at the Yoga Studies Institute.

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