iSmile 341 – No Such Thing As A Mistake

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In this evening’s talk, Michael describes the benefits of sangha as a shortcut to uncovering our pre-existing enlightened mind. He further goes into the ways that Awakening manifests in each of us as a series of qualities that show up as being at once conscious and, at the same time, spontaneous. In other words, this talk describes how qualities of …

iSmile 340 – Like Your Own Eyes

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In this mashup of two talks, Michael uses the phrase from Dogen Zenji’s, Instruction to the Cook, where he suggests that each grain of rice be handled carefully, “as if it were your own eyes.” Treating our lives this way helps us awaken to the truth that any Tathagatha, or person who actually sees reality, can embody. This embodiment is …

ISmile88 – No Teacher Can Enlighten You

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What’s Happening in This Very Awareness

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In this dialog, Michael McAlister delves into our simple and always immediate choice: do we stay in our familiar state of habitual contraction, or do we allow for a resonant expanse to lead us directly into the heart of an immediate Awareness. His students then take the dialog into issues involving the difference between “knowing” and “Knowing”, as well as …