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Join us. There are a few spots left…

CULTIVATING FEARLESSNESS OCTOBER 12-14, 2012  MOUNT MADONNA CENTER This weekend retreat will offer an approach to living fearlessly. Each day will involve sitting meditation, walking meditation and dharma talks followed by Q&A, as well as practice interviews with Michael. Cost & Registration: Depending on your lodging choice, the total cost per person including meals ranges [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #55

January 10, 2011 (#55) Student: What is the most enlightened way to communicate with someone who is very difficult? Michael: The same way I’ve suggested that you speak to someone who complains a lot; listen deeply and speak from a place of open generosity. Student: But what if they’re totally narcissistic and seemingly uninterested in [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #49

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. ___ November 23, 2010 (#49) Student: It feels like my spiritual path has changed from kind of a desperate yearning into a “no big deal.” [...]

Join us for our Spring Retreat – June 9th

The Source of Joy June 9th, 2012 GREEN GULCH FARM ZEN CENTER This one-day sitting will involve sitting and walking meditation, Dharma talks, Q & A and, by request, private interviews with Michael. Confirmation will be sent to you when your $80 payment is received. Click the link below and you will be taken to our shopping cart [...]

To what extent should I keep my spiritual guard up?

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Take a Break, for the benefit of all beings…

Fall 2011 Weekend Retreat STABILITY IN THE FACE OF CHANGE September 23 – 25, 2011 MOUNT MADONNA CENTER Change is all there is, and yet so often we can find ourselves resisting it.  What if we were able to embrace change, thereby cultivating an internal peace that supports a deep and lasting equanimity? This weekend [...]

If the essence of awakening is beyond words, why talk about it?

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ISmile282 – The Eightfold Path

In this Dharma talk, Michael McAlister discusses the Buddhist version of supporting an embodied awakening: The Eightfold Path. This methodology, as articulated in Buddhist tradition, was the fourth of the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths and shows us how to live a life free of suffering. Consideration is given to how these traditional instructions are built [...]