Tag Archives: delusion

ISmile341 – No Such Thing as a Mistake

Ultimately, according to Michael’s talk, given at a recent one-day retreat, there are no mistakes. There are, rather, only opportunities that the mind evaluates. If we can short-circuit this addiction to evaluation we can begin to approach the way we meet the world differently. Shifting from a position where life is filled with problematic situations [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #69

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. ___ Apr. 19, 2011 Student: So the last few days have been amazing and I’ve held off talking about it because I wanted things to [...]

ISmile330 – Love’s Fire

Michael points out, in this talk, how we  must be willing to let go of our old habits in order to develop new ones. As Joseph Campbell says, “We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. The old skin has [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #45

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.   ___ November 4, 2010 (#45) Student: What do you think about all day when seeking is dropped and the story is not taken seriously? [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #25

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. ____ August 13, 2010 Student: Does investigation ever cease as this process and practice matures? Michael: Let’s hope not, as long as “investigation” is the [...]

ISmile320 – Living Without Insulation

When we commit to directly knowing, as we say in Zen, our True Nature, we have to be willing to give everything up. Everything. Lingering attachments work to insulate us from a full exposure to this very life that we are leading, according to Michael in this evening’s talk. “When awakening happens,” he says, “there [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #6

Is thinking about it as an experience the very thing that keeps me from resting in this open space continually?

How do we stop craving?

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