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ISmile310 – The Heart of Trust

Kanshi Sosan’s work, The Mind of Absolute Trust, offers us some great guidance in relation to meeting our lives fully. Michael leads the sangha in a reading and brief interactive analysis of the text, pointing out how we might best integrate the meaning of the text within our day-to-day lives. “Learning to trust the Universe,” [...]

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Encore: ISmile93 – Love

This talk was originally aired in December of 2005. ___ What about love? In this talk Michael suggests that Big Love has nothing to do with our understanding and craving of that rush that small love brings. In fact, he uses the words of Rumi to point out how what is really necessary for Big [...]

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 [...]

ISmile240 – Being Generous

“The greed impulse is always fear-based at its core. Generosity, on the other hand, is born out of fearlessness.”

ISmile237 – On Greed and Karma

“When we act from a place of greed, we are generating a tangle in our lives we can easily call karma.”


If a man wishes to be sure of the road he treads on, he must close his eyes and walk in the dark. —St. John of the Cross What is it like when force becomes the standard of conduct? The great attack the small, the strong plunder the weak, the many oppress the few, the [...]

ISmile160 – Craving

Click HERE in order to listen to Michael’s talk. Get the new iTunes software and subscribe to this podcast from the Buddhist and/or Philosophy sections of the Religion & Spirituality list. ____ How is it that we can stay centered, even if we feel someone is getting in our way? In this talk, Michael discusses [...]