Tag Archives: release

ISmile332 – Dealing With War

The Zen saying “Drinking this cup of green tea, I stop the war” offers us a chance to explore our own relationship with war. While it may sound passive and irresponsible on the surface, how we meet even the most basic activities internally, supports how we meet things, especially conflict, externally. So how do we [...]

When spiritual practice deepens, do heart and mind open the same way?

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ISmile327 – Karma’s a Bitch

Michael works with The Book of Serenity‘s, Case #76 as a way of describing the path of attainment. He also weaves into this description an application of how people come together and separate in relationships. By using the phrase, “The moon sets, midnight going through the marketplace,” he points toward the teaching that there is [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #38

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. ___ October 7, 2010 Student: Are knowing and loving the same thing? Michael: Loving is the felt-sense of total release, of complete surrender. Knowing something [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #22

  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.   ____ July 29, 2010 (#22) Student: Would it be accurate to say that the ego is strengthened each time we believe that something is [...]

Commuter Zen #41

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Encore: ISmile69 – The Three Stages of Practice: Recognition, Resistance, & Renunciation

This podcast was originally offered in August of 2005. ____ If it’s all only Spirit, why should we meditate? Couldn’t it be that meditation is designed to fail in getting us closer to what’s already totally present? In this talk, Michael discusses these questions and suggests how practice unfolds along three stages. Beginning with Recognition, where [...]

ISmile269 – Vid: The ‘Ahhh’ Moment

In this video of a recent Dharma talk, Michael speaks of how the grace and ease of breakthrough moments can lead us into greater spaciousness. ___ Click on the player below, in order to listen to Michael’s talk. Also, please subscribe to this podcast on iTunes. Tweet