Heart of Wisdom Melbourne is a Middle Way Centre aimed at:
- • Providing practical spiritual advice and support to assist people to lead happy, meaningful lives aimed at total contentment in this very lifetime.
- • To provide group teachings on essentials to a spiritual life, meditation and practical ways to begin and support a spiritual practice.
- • To assist with organising retreats, public talks and courses by Middle Way Teachers.
Read our mission-statement.
Lama 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 amd 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 has studied Buddhism and meditation for fifteen years and also completed intensive training in the classical texts of yoga philosophy. She continues to try to put it all into practice.
Trained in dance, martial arts and yoga asana, Cindy enjoys a more visceral approach to practice – one that is 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 and short films for dance performances in Europe, and has designed motion graphics for VJing at electronic music festivals worldwide. When an artist in residence at LA’s 18th Street Arts Center in 2006, Cindy met Lama Marut with whom she began collaborating with in developing podcasts, websites, video broadcasts, books and graphic design. She now co-teaches internationally with Lama Marut at retreats and workshops designed to bring the universal wisdom of all authentic traditions into our daily lives. Her upcoming classes are listed on her website.
Maree has been studying the ACI courses both formal and advanced for the past 7 years with her teachers Lamas Marut, Cindy Lee, Pippa Loveday and Tsae Lan Lee Dow. Maree has a Bachelor of Applied Science (OT), she has also completed a post graduate neurosciences diploma and teaching degree. More recently she has trained as a yoga teacher.
Maree teaches Lama Marut’s courses, Tibetan Heart Yoga, Buddhist education to children, and Meditation. She does her best to joyfully practice what her Teachers have kindly taught her and is enthusiastic about finding practical ways to apply and pass on the wonderful Teachings she has been blessed to receive.