Tag Archives: anger

ISmile338 – If It’s Generous It’s Love

Michael asks the audience in this week’s talk, what it is they think that enlightenment will bring them. He then goes forward to suggest that enlightenment will bring nothing to our experience that we don’t already have. But its realization can fundamentally alter the course of our lives. Weaving this in to the beauty and [...]

ISmile292 – Dancing with Challenges

What would it be like to be able to welcome any challenge as an invitation into awakening? Our relationship to our troubles determines the answer to this question. Are we avoiding anything? Are we at war? Harboring ill-will? Acting from desperation? Hungry for something, anything, other than what’s actually happening? Are you going for pleasure [...]

Commuter Zen #33

How can a full-throated, fire-filled response be spiritual? Tweet

ISmile278 – Integrating Body, Mind and Practice

In this Dharma talk, Michael discusses the separation and anger he felt in relation to his teacher. At a very specific point during his practice, Michael learned that among the most important thing to do was to question the teaching. He realized that questioning his teacher was critical in moving his practice from an intellectual [...]

ISmile232 – The Roots of Anger

“Anger always arises in our experience as a reaction to fear.”

Redux: Anger and Dogma

I’ve been reading and listening to lots of conflict over the past several days. Along with the recent killing of the doctor who performs abortions as well as yesterday’s shooting at the Holocaust Museum, it got me thinking about some writing I did on this topic. …in today’s global religious culture, we find major attachments [...]

No Division

When we let an unattached intention of peace for self and others inform our actions, we naturally and effortlessly become helpful. On the other hand, letting our actions come from a place other than one of nonattachment is the work of ego. This activity will inevitably show up as some form of unconsciousness that feeds [...]