Our Teachers

Lama Marut

Sumati MarutLama 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 fifteen years as a spiritual teacher to students around the world, and is currently the Spiritual Director for seven “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.  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

Cindy LeeCindy has been studying Buddhism and meditation for nearly 15 years. She has also completed intensive courses of study in many classical texts of yoga philosophy.

Having also trained in dance, martial arts and yoga asana, Cindy is currently enjoying learning about and developing a more visceral approach to practice – inspired by hagiography, mythical archetype, art and an emphasis on embodied awareness and integration with our true nature.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Humanities) from Swinburne University, and a Graduate Diploma in Electronic Design and Interactive Media, which she has taught as a lecturer at university film and media programs in Australia. She has also worked as a director’s assistant, and documentary and video clip editor at Exit Films, Melbourne.

As a digital artist Cindy has produced video installations, short films for dance performances in Europe, and designed motion graphics for VJing at electronic music festivals worldwide.

Being invited to be an artist in residence at LA’s 18th Street Arts Center in 2006 led Cindy to meet > Lama Marut with whom she has been collaborating ever since through the development of podcasts, websites, video broadcasts, books and graphic design.

She also teaches internationally, and with Lama Marut at regular retreats, on how to bring the universal wisdom of all authentic traditions into our daily lives.

More information about Cindy Lee can be found on her website http://siddha-songs.com

Alvin Lee

AlvinAlvin is the local representative for Lama Marut and works closely with both the board of ASC on curriculum and the members of ASC on dharma study and programs. He is a regular discussion leader for Monday night dharma classes, periodic talks, and meditations.

He has been a student of eastern philosophy since 1999, having studied in the United States and Singapore with his teachers Khensur Rinpoche Geshe Lobsang Tharchin, Geshe Lobsang Chunzin, and Venerable Sumati Marut.  Alvin is particularly fond of the lam rim tradition and the great guidance it provides for a spiritual path.

Alvin moved from New York to Singapore in 2002 and works in the investment analytics industry.  In both his personal life and profession, Alvin has had the benefit of working closely with leaders who seek to bring positive change, which has been a constant source of inspiration to him.

An avid snowboarder, Alvin also enjoys tennis, yoga, and travel with family.