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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? [...]

What do we do when our practice plateaus?

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Dialogs With My Teacher #18

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 14, 2010 Student: Each time you point at infinity, you have to, as teacher, point to a concept which is only a “thing” [...]

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?

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 [...]

ISmile299 – Integrating Big Self with Small Self

Our work, as practitioners, ultimately centers itself around our ability to shift our perspective from what is contracted to that which is utterly expansive. Once we see this new, more comprehensive view, our work evolves toward integrating this new vision with our old perspective. This dance back and forth becomes a way of living that [...]

ISmile276 – The Body, The Breath and Space

In this evening’s Dharma talk, Michael presents his view on how the attention paid to the body and the breath offers us a path to an expanse beyond words. It is here we receive an invitation to the truth beyond name and form. The Holy, in other words, reveals itself in the mundane at this [...]

Chapter 6 — Practice

When the Buddha is gone, look to the Dharma as your teacher. Make the practice your teacher. The Dharma and the Sangha will be your teacher. —The Buddha Do not shout thy prayer publicly, nor yet speak it low in secret, but seek between these a middle way. —The Koran I will now close my [...]