Tag Archives: precepts

Mother Teresa: Product of Hype?

Watching this story play out should be interesting. A new study by Canadian academics says Mother Teresa was a product of hype who housed the poor and sick in shoddy conditions, despite her access to a fortune. The Times of India, reporting on the controversial essay, wrote that the authors asserted Mother Teresa saw beauty in the [...]

Right Speech and the Election

Thought this series of talks was particularly timely as the presidential election approaches. Enjoy. “The Buddha,” Vishvapani says, “emphasized the importance of practicing Right Speech on the Eightfold Path. But then again, the Buddha wasn’t on Twitter. In this day and age, we’re constantly communicating, not only through face-to-face interactions but also through texting, emailing, [...]

ISmile315 – The One Precept: Do No Harm

In this talk, Michael speaks about how the One Precept of “Doing No Harm” can actualize the potential of awakening in any situation. Along these lines, Michael openly shares how he and his wife have separated so that their marriage might be exposed to a more powerful expanse of clarity. He relates this shared decision [...]

ISmile291 – The Sin of Beauty

In this evening’s Dharma talk, Michael addresses how beauty, and our sense of it, can be impediments to awakening. “It’s not,” he says, “that there is anything wrong with beauty. In fact, beauty is everywhere, all the time. The problem is that by labeling something as ‘beautiful’ we limit the potential expanse of its power [...]

Rule Check: Business Cards Made of … Meat?

What would Buddha say about having your business cards seared onto meat? We start with 100% beef jerky, and SEAR your contact information into it with a 150 WATT CO2 LASER. Screw die-cutting. Forget about foil, popups, or UV spot lamination. THESE business cards have two ingredients: MEAT AND LASERS. Bows, Crispy on the Outside [...]

Appropriate Responses

The Chinese Master Yunmen referred to the most profound Buddhist teachings as simply being “an appropriate response” to the circumstances of our lives. Any time we see egolessness in action, we are looking at an appropriate response. Whenever we can watch someone act without wanting anything in return for his or her action, we are [...]

Chapter 8 – Commitment

The only difference between us is that I am aware of my natural state, while you are bemused… We discover it by being earnest, by searching, enquiring, questioning daily and hourly, by giving one’s life to this discovery. —Nisargadatta Maharaj Those who enter the gates of heaven are not beings who have no passions or [...]