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ISmile316 – Meditating Through Life’s Mess

Michael begins this talk with the following quotation from Rilke’s Duino Elegies: For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so, because it serenely disdains to destroy us. This sets up his talk by making the point that it’s in our desire to [...]

ISmile291 – The Sin of Beauty

In this evening’s Dharma talk, Michael addresses how beauty, and our sense of it, can be impediments to awakening. “It’s not,” he says, “that there is anything wrong with beauty. In fact, beauty is everywhere, all the time. The problem is that by labeling something as ‘beautiful’ we limit the potential expanse of its power [...]

ISmile275 – These Awakenings Starts With Forgiveness

In this evening’s Dharma talk, Michael suggests that an authentic spiritual path must begin with the simple act of forgiveness. Uncovering what we can’t forgive allows for us to familiarize ourselves with the egoic blocks to deepening our practice as well as any potential for awakening. ___ Click on the player below, in order to [...]

ISmile51 – From Affinity to Infinity and Back

In this talk, Michael relates Gandhi’s quote, “True beauty is my aim” to Awakening. A mind that doesn’t identify with thought, and a body that isn’t addicted to the senses, meet in the vast spaciousness of an open heart. It is here that compassion flows freely from us, even as we eat breakfast. Questions relate [...]