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Lama Marut serves as the Spiritual Director of Middle Way LA as well as sister centers in North America, Australia and Singapore. Lauren Benjamin serves as the Resident Teacher/Spiritual Advisor of Middle Way LA. In 2005, Lauren co-founded what is now known as Middle Way LA, serving on its board initially as Secretary-Treasurer and then President. In 2010, she retired from the Board and became a member of its Advisory Committee.


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Lama Marut
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 and later at the University of California, where he retired as Professor Emeritus […]
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Lauren Benjamin
Lauren began an intensive study of Tibetan Buddhism in 1999 and broadened the perspective and approach to her studies so as to be open to a wider spectrum of spiritual philosophy and practice. She began teaching in 2005 at Middle Way LA, which she helped co-found, under the guidance of Lama Marut (Brian Smith.) She currently serves […]
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