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 #48

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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. ___ November 22, 2010 (#48) Student: It seems like the spiritual path evolves like this: first you follow the pointers, then there is direct experience, then there is only experience. …

Dialogs With My Teacher #46

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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. ___ November 5, 2010 Student: I just read that seeking is passive. This teacher was asserting that action happens all by itself, no matter what we may try to interject …

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 …

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 #35

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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 14, 2010 (#26) Student: Is there a perfect time to break from the sweetness of teacher? Won’t this be known and happen naturally, just like the end of …