Tag Archives: satori

Dialogs With My Teacher #69

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. ___ Apr. 19, 2011 Student: So the last few days have been amazing and I’ve held off talking about it because I wanted things to [...]

ISmile336 – The Fourth Turning of the Wheel of Dharma

So what is it that gets in the way of Awakening? If we are already Awake, why don’t we feel it? According to Michael, wisdom traditions seem to offer up some suggestions. Among the most important pointer is stillness itself. Without stillness there can be no authentic awakening. Period. This simple fact, according to Michael, [...]

ISmile331 – Healing Ourselves, Healing the World

“This deep, spiritual work,” according to Michael, “is ultimately, is about resolve.” In Stephen Batchelor’s, Buddhism Without Beliefs, this idea of committed, fearlessness is supported where he suggests that we continually take accurate stock of our lives and then live from this place of honesty with resolve. While these suggestions are simple, they are not necessarily [...]

ISmile245 – Dancing With Questions

“It’s not that you get stillness, it’s that stillness gets you.”

ISmile232 – The Roots of Anger

“Anger always arises in our experience as a reaction to fear.”

A little bit on kensho…

Over at digitalZENDO, there is an great piece on discussing the elusive experience of insight that Zennists call kensho: Avoiding talking about Kensho, does not make use virtuous or spiritual. Maybe it’s the contrary, it perhaps avoiding a direct conversation that could be valuable. I actually agree that at times we blow this one. A [...]

ISmile202 – The Halfway Point

In this podcast, Michael discusses the issues surrounding teachers, teaching and the mistaken belief that an Awakening experience is the end of the spiritual journey. Infinite Smile » ISmile202 – The Halfway Point. Tweet

ISmile202 – The Halfway Point

“Having a sense of the Ultimate Truth, even uncovering a deep realization of the Ultimate Truth, is not enough.”