Tag Archives: intention

Dialogs With My Teacher #66

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. ___ Mar. 29, 2011  Student: How are any of us to know for sure what we are supposed to do in life? Michael: I don’t [...]

ISmile320 – Living Without Insulation

When we commit to directly knowing, as we say in Zen, our True Nature, we have to be willing to give everything up. Everything. Lingering attachments work to insulate us from a full exposure to this very life that we are leading, according to Michael in this evening’s talk. “When awakening happens,” he says, “there [...]

The good, the bad and the ugly… and the beautiful

Commuter Zen #61 Tweet

ISmile271 – The Great Spiritual Questions

“When we see that clinging to the idea of freedom inhibits freedom, we start to evolve.”

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.”

ISmile233 – Merging Intention With Surrender

“Ask yourself: Is my spiritual practice about making me look better, or is it about transformation.”

ISmile227 – Faith No More

Click on the player below, in order to listen to Michael’s talk. Get the most recent iTunes software and subscribe to this podcast from the Buddhist and/or Philosophy sections of the Religion & Spirituality list. ____ In this evening’s talk, Michael discusses the perils of centering one’s practice on faith. While there is mystery in [...]