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A path to bliss in Tahoe

Lake Tahoe, Nev. and#8212; Join Venerable Sumati Marut on the shores of beautiful Lake Tahoe for the Fourth Annual Lake Tahoe Thanksgiving Retreat, Thursday, Nov. 26 to Sunday Nov. 29 at the Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Center.

This Buddhist retreat kicks off with a great Thanksgiving celebration and moves into two-and-a-half days of reflective silence and transformative spiritual teachings. Ven. Marut will led participants through the empowering Buddhist text, De Lam, written by His Holiness the First Panchen Lama. De Lam means, and#8220;Steps on the Path to Bliss.and#8221;

It covers every step of the spiritual journey from finding a teacher, to developing compassion, to perfecting wisdom. De Lam is the comprehensive and#8220;mapquestand#8221; to enlightenment for all spiritual seekers. By the end of the retreat, participants will know their way straight to transcendence.

Ven. Marut flows with warmth and wit between the realms of simple spiritual common sense and the most esoteric brain busters of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. Marut has inspired a healthy and growing community in the Tahoe area. In addition to the Thanksgiving retreat, classes in Tibetan Buddhism are given year round in the Reno/Tahoe area and a center is currently in the works.

Cost for the Thanksgiving retreat is set on a sliding scale from $300-350 and includes daily teachings, lodging, all meals, course material, daily morning yoga, and evening kirtan (devotional singing). The retreat requires early registration at http://www.lamamarut.org. For more information contact David Fishman, (530) 542-5050 or davidbfishman@gmail.com

For more information on the facilities contact Celeste Archangel, (775) 588-6759 or celeste@zephyrpoint.org.

About Venerable Marut

Entertaining and down-to-earth, American monk Venerable Sumati Marut is ordained in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. In addition to teaching all over the world, Venerable Marut serves as a founding Board member of the Yoga Studies Institute and as the Spiritual Director of the Asian Classics Institutes of Cape Ann, Massachusetts (ACI-Cape Ann Inc.) which offers classes at its home, the Vajramudra Center. He is also the founder and Spiritual Director of the Asian Classics Institute of Los Angeles (ACI-LA) which offers a full schedule of ongoing classes in Tibetan Buddhism, guided meditation and yoga at its Los Angeles home, the Mahasukha Center. As a Ph.D. and Professor of Comparative Religions, he taught for over twenty years at Barnard College, Columbia University and at the University of California, Riverside, where he is Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies.

Venerable Marutand#8217;s personal understanding of our modern western lifestyle unites with his extensive scriptural knowledge of authentic South Asian traditions to create spiritual teachings relevant to all. Venerable Marut pulls in cultural signposts, pop references, and humour to help remove cross-cultural hurdles and make even the most esoteric elements of eastern philosophy work as tools for immediate transformation. The path to enlightenment has never been so welcoming.