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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.” [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #48

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 22, 2010 (#48) Student: It seems like the spiritual path evolves like this: first you follow the pointers, then there is direct experience, [...]

What is Spirit?

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How do we know that we’re on the right path?

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How might we speak of our spiritual work so that others can hear?

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ISmile288 – The Ego As Delusion

In this Dharma talk, Michael challenges each of us to look for the source of the ego. In doing so, we find that the “eGO!” as his 3 year-old daughter refers to it, is simply the name we give to the mind in motion. This label isn’t anything substantial unless we identify with it. Seeing [...]

Chapter 9—Confluence

Those who see worldly life as an obstacle to Dharma see no Dharma in everyday actions; they have not yet discovered that there are no everyday actions outside of Dharma. —Eihei Dogen The purpose of Zen is the perfection of character. —Yamada Roshi When clarity and commitment create enough cracks in the walls of ego’s [...]

No Fixed Self

Our fixed sense of a self, which we spend so much effort and energy maintaining, is only a creation of our minds. Again, this small self, or ego, is just as a dream—a phantom generated by our minds in order to stabilize the chaos of Infinity. Hearing this is disturbing to the ego since it [...]