Tag Archives: separation

Dialogs With My Teacher #54

January 6, 2011 (#54) Student: If there is no self, who sets goals and where do these goals come from? Michael: Goals arise just as all else arises: from Emptiness. They also eventually die back into Emptiness. This basic rule applies to everything, including the self who sets goals in the first place. An appropriate [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #43

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 2, 2011 (#43) Student: What is the best response to someone who complains a lot? Michael: It’s often difficult to have open dialog [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #28

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. ___ September 9, 2010 Student: How does one teach without subtle duality? Michael: I guess I’d say that good teaching skillfully uses duality in order [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #27

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. September 1, 2010 Student: What is empathy? Michael: An impersonal gift of seeing someone totally. We could also think of it as the opposite of [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #17

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 10, 2010 (#17)  Student: Can you say that where there is no other, there is none? Michael: There is none. But there is, [...]

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 [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #14

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. ____ June 30th Student: Is individual and personal truth the same as Absolute truth? Michael: No. But personal truth is not separate from Absolute Truth. [...]

Commuter Zen #32

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