Tag Archives: desire

Encore Post: ISmile117 – Seduction

This podcast was originally posted  May 16th, 2006. ___ Subscribe to this podcast from the Buddhist and/or Philosophy sections of the Religion & Spirituality list. ____ What should we do about seduction as we walk the spiritual Path? Not just physical seduction, but intellectual, emotional, and even spiritual seduction. In tonight’s talk, Michael suggests that seduction is [...]

ISmile300 – Our Invitation Home

Recognizing that all things are truly impermanent can be terrifying. So much of our time in life is devoted to keeping this fundamental reality from creeping into our awareness that we often miss the behaviors that lead us away from the very awakening we claim to want. Once we actually shut up, sit still and [...]

On Awakened Dating

In the past few weeks, there have been several of our sangha members, both virtual and local, young and (dare I say) more mature, who’ve asked me about their deep longing for partnership. Questions surrounding how they might find true intimacy, and then how to ground relationships spiritually, have dominated our discussions. This is not [...]

ISmile292 – Dancing with Challenges

What would it be like to be able to welcome any challenge as an invitation into awakening? Our relationship to our troubles determines the answer to this question. Are we avoiding anything? Are we at war? Harboring ill-will? Acting from desperation? Hungry for something, anything, other than what’s actually happening? Are you going for pleasure [...]

ISmile227 – Faith No More

Click on the player below, in order to listen to Michael’s talk. Get the most recent iTunes software and subscribe to this podcast from the Buddhist and/or Philosophy sections of the Religion & Spirituality list. ____ In this evening’s talk, Michael discusses the perils of centering one’s practice on faith. While there is mystery in [...]

ISmile215 – Just Being

“The moment we recognize that the white hot fire of desire won’t kill us, we begin deepening a practice that can’t help but show Freedom.”

ISmile212 – What We Really Want

“Let clarity reflect itself internally so that the question of what you want allows you to get out of your own way.”

Redux: Nothing Personal

As we come off the Mountain of Spirit, we recognize how little about us needs to be defended. This is because we have begun to build lives out of our realization of Emptiness. This Emptiness is the Source of everything. This Source, once again, is totally still and gives birth to all that moves. It [...]