Tag Archives: hope

ISmile318 – Thanksgiving and Emptiness

To begin with, all of us at Infinite Smile offer each of you well wishes as we begin the holiday season. We also are so thankful for all of your support and participation in this project of awakening. Recognizing our gratitude elevates our experience as human beings, so taking this time to appreciate all of the [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Quote of the Day

Syndicated columnist Mark Shields points out that historian Allen Ginsberg, of Maine, says that the tragic events in Arizona suggest something remarkable about America: This week we saw a white, Catholic, Republican, Federal Judge murdered on his way to greet a Democratic, woman, member of Congress, who was his friend and was Jewish. Her life [...]

Burning Hope

This election process has taken a toll on so many around the world. In our sangha, the choices have been at the forefront of several discussions and has ultimately proven itself to be a dharma door for many of Infinite Smile’s members. It’s also a dharma door for me. Listening to Obama’s acceptance speech broke [...]

Chapter 1 – Unconsciousness

To myself I am only a child playing on the beach, while vast oceans of truth lie undiscovered before me. —Isaac Newton The Four Noble Truths: Suffering; the origin of suffering; the cessation of suffering; and the Noble Eightfold Path, which leads to the cessation of suffering. —Dhammapada Most of us have a deep and [...]