Upcoming Day-long Retreat in Marin

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Winter 2013 Day-long Intensive No Such Thing As A Mistake Saturday, February 9th, 2013 GREEN GULCH  FARM ZEN CENTER We only have a few spots left! This one-day sitting will involve sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, Q & A and, by request, private interviews with Michael. Confirmation will be sent to you when your $80 payment is received. Click the link below and …

Dialogs With My Teacher #65

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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. ___ March 10, 2011  Student: If we are always already love, why does a felt sense of it follow on the heels of understanding? Michael: Are you sure you’re not …

Dialogs With My Teacher #63

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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 25, 2011  Student: How can the realization of stillness inform, say, a long-standing argument one person has with another? Michael: It depends. For the most part, two things …

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 …

Join us for our Fall 2012 Weekend Retreat

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CULTIVATING FEARLESSNESS OCTOBER 12-14, 2012  MOUNT MADONNA CENTER This weekend retreat will offer an approach to living fearlessly. Each day will involve sitting meditation, walking meditation and dharma talks followed by Q&A, as well as practice interviews with Michael. Cost & Registration: Depending on your lodging choice, the total cost per person including meals ranges from $210 to $370 for …

Dialogs With My Teacher #55

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January 10, 2011 (#55) Student: What is the most enlightened way to communicate with someone who is very difficult? Michael: The same way I’ve suggested that you speak to someone who complains a lot; listen deeply and speak from a place of open generosity. Student: But what if they’re totally narcissistic and seemingly uninterested in any point you might want …

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 …

Join Us for Our Spring, Day-long Intensive

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THE SOURCE OF JOY June 9th, 2012 GREEN GULCH FARM ZEN CENTER This one-day sitting will involve sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, Q & A and, by request, private interviews with Michael. Confirmation will be sent to you when your $80 payment is received. Click the link below and you will be taken to our shopping cart check-out, followed up by our Paypal …

Dialogs With My Teacher #42

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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 28, 2010 Student: What allows emptiness to remain undisturbed? Is it when the seeing of the seeing is continuous? By grace only? Or perhaps when preferences are allowed, …

Come Join Us!

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Spring 2012 Weekend Retreat Living Without Hindrance April 13 – 15, 2012 MOUNT MADONNA CENTER Most of us on the spiritual path find that its the little things that get to us; that it’s life’s trivial offerings that get in the way of what we want to experience. This retreat offers us a chance to explore the opportunities life gives …