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Why is it easier to come out as gay than to come out as a Buddhist?

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ISmile316 – Meditating Through Life’s Mess

Michael begins this talk with the following quotation from Rilke’s Duino Elegies: For beauty is nothing but the beginning of terror which we are barely able to endure, and it amazes us so, because it serenely disdains to destroy us. This sets up his talk by making the point that it’s in our desire to [...]

ISmile311 – When Seeking Ends

We often begin our spiritual journey because we’re at the end of our rope. We seek ways to avoid our discomfort. Unfortunately, when our  practice centers itself around seeking we find that our progress along the path is continually blocked. Authentic spiritual work helps us shift our perspective in radical ways, especially when it comes [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #9

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. ____ June 22, 2010 Student: What was there before any event, and what is there after any event, is awareness. Or, All-knowledge. But as consciousness is [...]

How does meditation practice develop over time?

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ISmile278 – Integrating Body, Mind and Practice

In this Dharma talk, Michael discusses the separation and anger he felt in relation to his teacher. At a very specific point during his practice, Michael learned that among the most important thing to do was to question the teaching. He realized that questioning his teacher was critical in moving his practice from an intellectual [...]

Marrying Psychotherapy and Meditation

This is an interesting article about the relationship between psychotherapy and meditation. Psychotherapy is a distinctly Western idea, especially in its current, most popular form—cognitive-behavioral therapy. It’s about identifying problems (“diagnoses” in medical terminology), discovering ways to deal with them, and setting objective goals or end points. Then meditation: Unlike psychotherapy which has an end, [...]

Interpretations of Awakening

In his blog post, Tom Stine notes: The only “criteria” I have for awakening is seeing, truly seeing, beyond the self, the “I”, the “me” that everyone thinks they are. When that is seen through, completely through, it is as if one has awakened from a dream, a dream of self. One then knows oneself [...]