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Right Speech and the Election

Thought this series of talks was particularly timely as the presidential election approaches. Enjoy. “The Buddha,” Vishvapani says, “emphasized the importance of practicing Right Speech on the Eightfold Path. But then again, the Buddha wasn’t on Twitter. In this day and age, we’re constantly communicating, not only through face-to-face interactions but also through texting, emailing, [...]

Bangladeshi Muslims Attack Buddhists

May all beings be compassionate and wise in the face of clinging… COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh — Thousands of Bangladeshi Muslims angry over an alleged derogatory photo of the Islamic holy book Quran on Facebook set fires in at least 10 Buddhist temples and 40 homes near the southern border with Myanmar, authorities said Sunday. The [...]

ISmile334 – Engaging Life As Its Witness

In this talk, Michael walks meditators through the rough stages of spiritual ascendancy. With practice, he shows, the egoic structures as their practice deepens. He goes on to suggest that the felt-sense of what’s real is what we call, “love.” Also, he talks about the spiritual journey, from his own writing, where he suggests that [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #57

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 [...]

ISmile329 – At Peace With Death

It’s about meeting every experience without avoidance or greed. In this radical honesty fearlessness will always reign.

Dialogs With My Teacher #38

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 7, 2010 Student: Are knowing and loving the same thing? Michael: Loving is the felt-sense of total release, of complete surrender. Knowing something [...]

How do we best deal with those we disagree with politically?

Commuter Zen #81 Tweet

Will the real Thay please, uh, sit down?

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 [...]