Dialogs With My Teacher #26

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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 22, 2010 Student: So what does it look like when one eventually lets go of the essential questions “Who am I?” and “What am I?” I mean at some …

Dialogs With My Teacher #13

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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 in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ June 29, 2010 Student: And if “I” am what is prior to understanding, who is there left to understand? Michael: Understanding becomes, at this very point, utterly trivial. The real …

Quote of the Week

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When grapes turn to wine, the long for our ability to change.   When stars wheel  around the North Pole, they are longing for our growing consciousness.   Wine got drunk with us, not the other way.   The body developed out of us, not we from it.   We are bees, and our body is a honeycomb. We made …

Dialogs With My Teacher #9

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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 in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ June 22, 2010 Student: What was there before any event, and what is there after any event, is awareness. Or, All-knowledge. But as consciousness is observed arising from this vast …

Politics and Dharma

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I’m frequently asked how we can integrate the Dharma into something as “sticky” as the news, in general, and politics, specifically. On the one hand, non-attachment to what’s going on in the world is not so easy since the preferences that the news and politics tweeks tend be deep. They are all about the mind’s convictions, beliefs, and preferences. They …

The Edge of Awareness

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In Self Awareness: The Final Frontier by V.S. Ramachandran, we’re treated to a neuroscientists take on what he calls “One of the last remaining problems in science is the riddle of consciousness.” Especially interesting is his treatment of qualia, and how even if we could effectively break down the function of the brain, we would still miss the transmission of …