Tag Archives: death

Dialogs With My Teacher #60

February 14, 2011  Student: Under what conditions could death be characterized as a distraction? Michael: Death is merely a return to truth. But our interpretation of death is almost always a distraction to this offering. So I’d say that both avoidance and celebration of death serve as distractions if either works to soften the full [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #59

February 10, 2011 Student: My mother is dying and there’s all sorts of interesting and tragic family stuff going on. It’s amazing and heart-breaking all at once. So my question is: how might any of us deal most constructively with the loss of a loved one? Michael: This must be so tough. While there’s no [...]

ISmile332 – Dealing With War

The Zen saying “Drinking this cup of green tea, I stop the war” offers us a chance to explore our own relationship with war. While it may sound passive and irresponsible on the surface, how we meet even the most basic activities internally, supports how we meet things, especially conflict, externally. So how do we [...]

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 #27

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 1, 2010 Student: What is empathy? Michael: An impersonal gift of seeing someone totally. We could also think of it as the opposite of [...]

Quote of the Week

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are [...]

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Rest in Peace, Lee.

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