Tag Archives: Freedom

ISmile340 – The Componentry of Awakening

The most contagious thing this flu season is not a viral infection. Rather, the most contagious thing in any season is unconsciousness. Unfortunately, vaccines for unconsciousness are hard to come by. However, consciousness itself is in infinite supply. Tapping into this helps all of us inspire helpfulness and generosity, two critical components of any authentic [...]

ISmile334 – Engaging Life As Its Witness

In this talk, Michael walks meditators through the rough stages of spiritual ascendancy. With practice, he shows, the egoic structures as their practice deepens. He goes on to suggest that the felt-sense of what’s real is what we call, “love.” Also, he talks about the spiritual journey, from his own writing, where he suggests that [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #41

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. ___ October 27, 2010 (#41) Student: What happens when you fall in love? Michael: We recognize ourselves through another, and then let go. This surrender [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #30

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 14, 2010 (#31) Student: Is chaos empty? Michael: Like all things, chaos is empty at its core. With this in mind I’d also [...]

After all of this sitting, why am I still so screwed up?

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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 [...]

ISmile315 – The One Precept: Do No Harm

In this talk, Michael speaks about how the One Precept of “Doing No Harm” can actualize the potential of awakening in any situation. Along these lines, Michael openly shares how he and his wife have separated so that their marriage might be exposed to a more powerful expanse of clarity. He relates this shared decision [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #16

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 8, 2010  Student: Free will and fate seem to be opposing, but are cooperative. Is there an explanation for this, or would any explanation be [...]