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The Triple Treasure: Buddha, Dharma and Sangha

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ISmile340 – Like Your Own Eyes

In this mashup of two talks, Michael uses the phrase from Dogen Zenji’s instructions to the cook, where he suggests that each grain of rice be handled carefully, “as if it were your own eyes.” Treating our lives this way helps us awaken to the truth that any Tathagatha, or person who actually sees reality, [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #66

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. ___ Mar. 29, 2011  Student: How are any of us to know for sure what we are supposed to do in life? Michael: I don’t [...]

Why is it easier to come out as gay than to come out as a Buddhist?

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Dialogs With My Teacher #34

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. ___ September 29, 2010 (#35) Student: Is there any knowing that is non-active? Or that’s ever a non-active knowing, or is activity inherent in all-knowledge? [...]

ISmile302 – Living Without Distortion

This podcast features one of Michael’s students, Gina Rocca, who offers an introductory talk prior to a previous sitting. Gina’s beautiful talk is then followed up by one of Michael’s talks as well as Q & A. ___ Michael addresses the enlightened message of several traditions and suggests that they begin to intertwine at some [...]

ISmile301 – Surfing Pain’s Waves

People tend to arrive at spiritual work because of some type of dissatisfaction with their lives. It’s the human tendency to try to distance ourselves from this discomfort and yet running from our pain never seems to alleviate it for very long. Buddhist teaching suggests a different route that leads us not away from our [...]