Tag Archives: humor

Vimalakirti: Buddhist Bad-ass

For those into Buddhist bad-assery, no one compares to the lay practitioner, Vimalakirti. It’s one of my favorite, old-school reads. The Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra, also called the Vimalakirti Sutra, probably was written nearly 2,000 years ago. Yet it retains its freshness and humor as well as its wisdom. Modern readers especially appreciate its lesson on [...]

How do we let go of letting go?

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ISmile314 – Poetry, Laughter, Love and Levels of Consciousness

Actively meeting inspiration through poetry can make a huge difference as we move through the world. The same applies to uncovering the things that crack us up. Laughter matters since it is a celebration of the unexpected and defines an unattached space that we can enjoy if we’re available to it. Similarly, being available to [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #4

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. (Art: Bows to Geironimo for “Free Fall”) ___ June 3, 2010 Student: Is it also right to say that you also are born [...]

ISmile303 – From the Personal to the Impersonal

The ego maintains a state of inertia that tends to cloud our experience. So often we don’t even recognize that we give ourselves over to an inherently incomplete story rooted in separation and alienation. Michael points out that we are made up of Emptiness and what arises out of it and what dies back into it. Once [...]


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The Dalai Lama, Mandela, and Gandhi just chillaxin'

Over at the elephant journal, Waylon Lewis shares some smile material with this one: This brilliant, almost-too-subtle (just a line at bottom) ad campaign was created by UNCLE Grey A/S Denmark. It vividly reminds us that in getting up off the couch, in working our butts off for the benefit of others, no matter the [...]

Smile Alert: Pirates, Drugs & Gay Marriage

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