Don’t Attach to Non-Attachment

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Lew Richmond offers up a great article on the Huffington Post: “Emptiness” is a central teaching of all Buddhism, but its true meaning is often misunderstood. If we are ever to embrace Buddhism properly into the West, we need to be clear about emptiness, since a wrong understanding of its meaning can be confusing, even harmful. The third century Indian …

Dialogs With My Teacher #62

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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. ___ February 23, 2011 Student: Can it be said that as long as something is changing, a story is involved? Michael: Yes. As long as there is any kind of …

Dialogs With My Teacher #54

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January 6, 2011 (#54) Student: If there is no self, who sets goals and where do these goals come from? Michael: Goals arise just as all else arises: from Emptiness. They also eventually die back into Emptiness. This basic rule applies to everything, including the self who sets goals in the first place. An appropriate response to this ebb and …

Dialogs With My Teacher #40

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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 13, 2010 (#40)   Student: Okay, so what does it really mean to not know? Michael: It really means that one is really available to the fullness of …

Dialogs With My Teacher #36

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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 1, 2010 Student: So language, as usual, gets in the way here but I’m seeing that I am not apart from what is before the very sense …

Dialogs With My Teacher #33

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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 24, 2010 Student: I’m confused in that so much of what I seem to be learning from this teaching, or unlearning, or whatever, centers around how things are …

Dialogs With My Teacher #32

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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 23, 2010 Student: Is full participation in the dance between the Absolute and the relative the same as the intersection between Spirit and psychology? Michael: I’d say so, …

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 …