Buddhist spiritual leader in Cape Ann visits

Gloucester Daily Times, June 20, 2014

Cape Ann, MA (USA) -- Lama Marut, the spiritual leader of Cape Ann’s growing Buddhist community, will be in town over the next few days as part of a North American tour on the heels of his latest book, “Be Nobody.”

The local group, which is now called Wisdom’s Heart and has a center in Rockport, embraces Mahayana Buddhism.

Marut’s appearances on Cape Ann begin on Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a talk titled “Explorations in Emptiness: The Emptiness of Self, Part 1.” Part of a four-class intermediate-level course, the talk is held at Wisdom’s Heart at 154 Granite St. in Rockport.

“Lama Marut is brilliant, clear and witty,” said actress Lindsay Crouse, who is a part of Wisdom Heart. “Everyone — from every walk of life and from every tradition — can benefit by what he says.

“The insights in his wonderful new book could change your life,” added Crouse, who earned an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actress in the film “Places in the Heart,” and has often performed in presentations at Gloucester Stage Company. “They are just what the doctor ordered for this troubled old world.”

The additional course meeting dates are: Sunday, June 22, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Monday, June 23 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, June 24 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Residents and visitors are welcome to come to one class or all. Registration is required, and can be done at the website: register@wisdomsheart.org.

Suggested donation $15 per class. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Course materials are $5. A free PDF is available upon request ahead of time.

On Sunday, Lama Marut will be part of the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Service at Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport at 4 Cleaves St. in Rockport. He will be the special guest and deliver the Children’s Story and the Morning Message. Rev. Susan Moran will be assisting and John Rockwell will be the musical guest.

His other appearances are on Sunday at 1 p.m. with a talk titled “Life as Art, Work as Play: and Vice Versa” at Rockport Community House at 58 Broadway in Rockport; and Monday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. with a talk titled “Beyond Individuality: The Great Equality of All Beings” at Temple Ahavat Achim at 86 Middle St. in Gloucester.

The suggested donation is $15 at each event. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more information, visit www.wisdomsheart.org.

Lama Marut will return to New England in August for annual summer retreat on Cape Ann.