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#49_August 2016 – Lama Marut & Cindy in Singapore 17th to 23rd October

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Lama Marut & Cindy Lee
in Singapore
17th to 23rd October 2016

17th to 19th October 7.30pm to 9pm
(Save the Date …..Details coming)

21st to 23rd October – The Spectrum of Yoga at PURE Yoga
Yoga is much more than physical exercise – it is a way of life. This weekend workshop will cover the main practices that will help practitioners integrate the full spectrum of yoga into every aspect of daily life.
Complimentary Session – Friday, 21 Oct
7pm-8.30pm: The Meaning, Purpose and Method of Yoga
Session 1 – Saturday, 22 Oct
10am-12pm: Karma Yoga: Ethical Living and Egoless Action
Session 2 – Saturday, 22 Oct
2pm-4pm: Yoga of the Heart: Bhakti, Guru, and Deity Yoga
Session 3 – Sunday, 23 Oct
10am-12pm: The Yoga of Wisdom
Session 4 – Sunday, 23 Oct
2pm-4pm: The Yoga of Sound

Asia Square Tower 2, 12 Marina View
#06-02 Singapore 018961

PURE Yoga is offering a 20% early bird discount (ends 30 September).
click here for more details.
Book through ASC (info@asc-sg.org) to get an additional 10% off

Final thoughts

“If it’s not paradoxical, it’s not true.”
~Shunryu Suzuki

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#40 October 2015 – Register today for Lama Marut and Cindy Lee’s classes

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“Get Unbusy”
This is set of 4 classes where we learn how to regain true peace in our modern era of constant activity and busy-ness. Lama Marut and Cindy Lee will teach us what it means to “get unbusy” and feel a greater sense of calm while fulfilling our responsibilities and living our daily lives.
Date: Friday 23rd October 7pm-9pm
Saturday 24th October 3pm-5pm | 7pm to 9pm
Sunday 25th October 3pm-5pm
Venue: Oasis Holistic
Blk 10 Oasis Holistic #01-50 Selegie House Selegie Road S(180010)
Cost: Free, by donation

Click here to register  info@asc-sg.org
“From Victimhood to Mastery”
Join us for this teaching on the ways we can apply insight to our personal stories, narratives and self-image. Learn techniques for changing our perception of ourselves and the world so that we can live happier, more contented lives.
Date: Tuesday 27th October 7pm-9pm
Venue: Cocoon Studio
315 Outram Road #02-07 Tan Boon Liat Building S(169074)
Cost: Free, by donation

Click here to register info@asc-sg.org
“Meditations to Discover the Divine in Everyday Life”
The Relationship between Shiva and Shakti in the Vijnana Bhairava Tantra
Join Lama Marut and Cindy Lee for this weekend workshop to learn simple meditation techniques, taken from a classic Sanskrit text, to discover your inner Divine nature. In each session we will practise easy but profound mindfulness methods to instantly drop into your true nature any time and anywhere during the day. We will also offer instruction on formal seated meditation in order to consolidate the blissful experience of communing with the Divine within in order to make it stable and long-lasting.

Session I: Encountering the Divine, Here and Now
30 Oct (Fri): 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Session II: Meeting the Divine Directly: Yoga and the Discovery of Your True Nature
31 Oct (Sat)10:00am-12:00pm
Session III: The Yoga of Sound: Finding the Divine in Mantra, Music, and Speech
31 Oct (Sat): 2:00pm-4:00pm
Session IV: Freeing Yourself from Conceptual Thinking: Locating the Divine in Emptiness
1 Nov (Sun): 10:00am-12:00pm
Session V: The Divine is Always Everywhere: Realising the Sacred in Everyday Activities
1 Nov (Sun): 2:00pm4:00pm
Click here Pure Yoga website for registration and cost details.
(Early Bird prices end today, register now!)

Final Thoughts

“Know well what leads you forward and what holds you back, and choose the path that leads to wisdom”.

~ The Buddha

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31 Oct to 2 Nov 2014 – Mindful Relationships

LM&CL2014_cropLama Marut and Cindy Lee will be giving a three-part series of talks about how to have Mindful Relationships.     We’re all always and already in relationship with others – with people at work, our friends, partners, and family members.  In this three-part workshop, we’ll explore how to apply spiritual principles to these relationships so as to maximize the rewarding aspects and minimize the difficulties.  We’ll begin by investigating the preconditions for entering into a new relationship, move on to how to maintain and improve relationships we are already in, and conclude by discussing how to successfully “break up” and transition a relationship from one type to another.


31st Oct 2014 | Friday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 1

1st Nov 2014 | Saturday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 2

2nd Nov 2014 | Sunday, 7.30-9.00pm – Part 3

Cocoon Studio
 315 Outram Road
#02-07 Tan Boon Liat Building
Singapore 169074

Please register here.

Starting 10 Nov 2014 – The Problem, the Cause, the Goal and the Solution

PCGS-CnA​Chuck and Angie, who have studied with Lama Marut over the last few years, will share this four-class Beginner Level Middle Way course, which lays out the foundational structure of any authentic spiritual path.  Recognizing the problems of a non-spiritual life; taking responsibility for one’s own well-being; the possibility of an alternative to a life of suffering and victimhood; and the basics of a coherent and efficient method for reaching the goal of true happiness.

Dates: Mondays – November 10th, 17th, 24th and December 1st

Time 7.30-9.30pm

Venue: ​51b, Temple St, 2nd floor, Singapore 58596

Cost is free but registration is required, at info@asc-sg.org

30 Oct 2014 – Book Launch : Be Nobody by Lama Marut

Be NobodyLama Marut’s book tour comes to Singapore! Please join us in celebrating the launch of Lama Marut’s new book.

We are all desperately trying to be somebody, to be “special”. We collect “friends” and “followers” online as symbols of our worth. We hunt fame and visibility. But maybe we’ve got it all wrong. With his edgy tone and radical perspective, Lama Marut follows up A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life by calling for the biggest revolution of all: the overthrow of our obsessive quest to be somebody. He shows readers that living an ethical life—a life of selflessness rather than unbridled egoism—is the key to true happiness and the foundation for creating a better world. Without the need to seclude oneself in a monastery or retire to a cave in the Himalayas, Marut gives readers action steps and simple meditations to find true fulfillment.

Join us for Public talk, book sales, book signing and light refreshments!

Public talk: “Somebody, Nobody, Everybody: Self Improvement, No Self and Expanding the Self.

Date: Thursday 30th October 2014

Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm

Venue: Civil Service Club, 60 Tessensohn Road, Auditorium at Level 3, Singapore 217664

Please register here.

Copies of this book will be available to purchase on the night $20 (Non Members), $18 (Members),

3 to 6 December 2013 – Living the Life of a Spiritual Renegade

incite happinessSumati Marut will be concentrating on the nine chapters of his recent book, “A Spiritual Renegade’s Guide to the Good Life”, and his talks will cover spiritual motivation, forgiveness, gratitude, renunciation, karmic management and strategies for staying happy all day, every day.

When:  Tues – Friday, 3rd to 6th December 2013
Time: 7.30 – 9.30pm
At: Civil Service Club Auditorium L3, 60 Tessensohn Road
Cost: Free

Register: info@aci-sg.org

Every evening focuses on something different, but they do build on each other through the four evenings,  so feel free to come to one or to all of them.

#14 Aug 2013 – Seeking Happiness

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Seeking Happiness

Change your Focus

All human beings seek happiness.  Unfortunately, those of us that don’t need to worry about meeting the basic needs of life have been misled that happiness lies in the illusion of materialism. Even those people who have ‘arrived’ eventually realise that even unlimited wealth doesn’t make them happy for long.  At some point the promised dream fades, leading to disappointment and even depression. According to the World Health Organization, depression will be the world’s leading cause of death by the year 2020.

Interestingly, Sonja Lyubomirsky, psychology professor at the University of California, states that when we are born, up to 50% of our DNA is attributed to our ability to be happy.  No two babies born are the same, but according to her, the total capacity for happiness that we are born with is unchangeable. 10% of our happiness quotient is based upon our life circumstances and material gain.  However, 40% is based upon how we think, what we do, our intentions and strategies.

So why focus and struggle attaining just the 10%? The 40% can be fulfilled through altruistic activities, gratitude, visualisations of a positive future and reliving memories of happy moments from the past (tea meditation!).

If her theory is true, perhaps it can describe why depression is so high, with so many people spending so much time focused on that 10% – but it also gives an opportunity for people to turn themselves around by retuning themselves towards 40% type activities.

Many of you may have already experienced achieving a materialistic goal but found it does not necessarily translate into having a happier life, at least not permanently. As time passes by, new acquisitions, of the same kind, just more expensive, quickly replace objects and dreams that were once our ultimate goals. On the other hand, for me, developing better goals, particularly meaningful relationships, makes me feel better, and more useful – then happiness comes to stay.

With love always,

(and the ACI Singapore team)

P.S.  For more details on the research go to http://sonjalyubomirsky.com/


A Final Thought


“Seven Deadly SinsWealth without work
Pleasure without conscience
Science without humanity
Knowledge without character
Politics without principle
Commerce without morality
Worship without sacrifice.”
Mahatma Gandhi

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