Right Speech and the Election

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Thought this series of talks was particularly timely as the presidential election approaches. Enjoy. “The Buddha,” Vishvapani says, “emphasized the importance of practicing Right Speech on the Eightfold Path. But then again, the Buddha wasn’t on Twitter. In this day and age, we’re constantly communicating, not only through face-to-face interactions but also through texting, emailing, Skyping, Tweeting, and Facebooking. It’s …

Bangladeshi Muslims Attack Buddhists

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May all beings be compassionate and wise in the face of clinging… COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar, authorities said Sunday. The violence began late Saturday and …

Dialogs With My Teacher #57

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January 13, 2011 (#57) Student: If every single thing that arises is the Infinite seeing itself, what does that say about evil acts? Michael: Evil acts are the embodiment of individual or collective unconsciousness. They vary in degree, but they all are sourced from a fear of loss. And as we’ve discussed, actions sourced from fear generate suffering. Student: So …

Dialogs With My Teacher #38

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ___ October 7, 2010 Student: Are knowing and loving the same thing? Michael: Loving is the felt-sense of total release, of complete surrender. Knowing something factually, or finding certainty, is …

Will the real Thay please, uh, sit down?

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I’ve long appreciated the in-your-face approach of Brad Warner. This doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree with him or his sentiments. In fact, much of the time I find that his ways of communicating takes away from the wisdom he offers. But I do find myself smiling at his fearlessness. I also find myself smiling at all the attachment that …

Dialogs With My Teacher #30

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ___ September 14, 2010 (#31) Student: Is chaos empty? Michael: Like all things, chaos is empty at its core. With this in mind I’d also say that chaos’ fullness is …

Dialogs With My Teacher #29

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ___ September 13,  2010 Student: What does “being wrong” mean from the enlightened or Infinite perspective? Michael: It’s just like “being right.” From an enlightened perspective it’s like a punchline …

Dialogs With My Teacher #25

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Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning the Summer of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ August 13, 2010 Student: Does investigation ever cease as this process and practice matures? Michael: Let’s hope not, as long as “investigation” is the same thing as curiosity. If, …

Encore Post – Avoidance vs. Stillness

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This post was originally offered in June of 2008 as part of the book, Awake in This Life. ___ There is a difference between consciously aligning our lives from stillness and not feeling any need to get out of bed in the morning. A commitment to stillness doesn’t mean that we should absolve ourselves of any directed activity. This is simple …