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 #57

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January 13, 2011 (#57) Student: If every single thing that arises is the Infinite seeing itself, what does that say about evil acts? Michael: Evil acts are the embodiment of individual or collective unconsciousness. They vary in degree, but they all are sourced from a fear of loss. And as we’ve discussed, actions sourced from fear generate suffering. Student: So …

What Brutality Offers Us

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I was enjoying a college basketball game on the tube yesterday when a news-ticker appeared across the base of the screen. It said something like “Several Killed in Mass Shooting in Tuscon” only to be followed up with “Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords among those shot.”  In addition to an arising sadness, my political wonkiness immediately got piqued since I knew she …

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 …