Tag Archives: Dharma

Dialogs With My Teacher #23

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 10, 2010 Student: Your words during last night’s Dharma talk invited understanding but not with the mind, and I know this because I [...]

The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying

  When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five: 1. I wish Id had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #19

Here’s another installment in a series of emails that took place between Michael and one of his senior students beginning in August of 2009. May you find the exchange interesting and enriching. ____ July 15, 2010 Student: If experience isn’t personal (as in, why me? or, why not me?), then why do so many teachers and psychologists [...]

Encore Post – Avoidance vs. Stillness

This post was originally offered in June of 2008 as part of the book, Awake in This Life. ___ There is a difference between consciously aligning our lives from stillness and not feeling any need to get out of bed in the morning. A commitment to stillness doesn’t mean that we should absolve ourselves of any [...]

Take a Break, for the benefit of all beings…

Fall 2011 Weekend Retreat STABILITY IN THE FACE OF CHANGE September 23 – 25, 2011 MOUNT MADONNA CENTER Change is all there is, and yet so often we can find ourselves resisting it.  What if we were able to embrace change, thereby cultivating an internal peace that supports a deep and lasting equanimity? This weekend [...]

ISmile306 – The Way Off Samsara’s Wheel

The Buddhist tradition offers a system to be used as a path toward liberation from suffering. Of course it takes work and isn’t necessarily easy. But in this talk, Michael McAlister discusses how we can use the Eightfold Path, and even some derivations, to get us more deeply into the work. He uses a traditional [...]

ISmile304 – Untangling Karmic Knots

We usually think of Karma in terms of “good” and “bad.” And yet these cliches don’t do much to serve up a deeper understanding of Karma’s spiritual implications. In this talk, Michael touches on several topics that center around the human tendency to act and behave from a profound sense of separation. Action from this [...]

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