ISmile340 – The Componentry of Awakening

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The most contagious thing this flu season is not a viral infection. Rather, the most contagious thing in any season is unconsciousness. Unfortunately, vaccines for unconsciousness are hard to come by. However, consciousness itself is in infinite supply. Tapping into this helps all of us inspire helpfulness and generosity, two critical components of any authentic awakening. In this evening’s talk, …

Dialogs With My Teacher #41

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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 27, 2010 (#41) Student: What happens when you fall in love? Michael: We recognize ourselves through another, and then let go. This surrender feels so good that we …

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 #16

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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. ____ July 8, 2010  Student: Free will and fate seem to be opposing, but are cooperative. Is there an explanation for this, or would any explanation be untrue? Michael: Both free will …

Dialogs With My Teacher #10

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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 25, 2010 Student: Recently, you were talking about preventing the clinging to sangha. You said that, like anything else, if we get caught by how we feel about …