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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 #36

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 1, 2010 Student: So language, as usual, gets in the way here but I’m seeing that I am not apart from what [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #35

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. ___ August 14, 2010 (#26) Student: Is there a perfect time to break from the sweetness of teacher? Won’t this be known and happen naturally, [...]

Is God a Particle or a Wave?

Admittedly, I get geeky over stuff like this “God particle.” But for the record, I’m betting that God also shows up as a wave, depending on who’s … ahem… Witnessing. Physics has a well-deserved reputation for being horrendously complicated, but sometimes its the simplest questions that lead to truly profound insights. When Einstein asked himself, [...]

ISmile320 – Living Without Insulation

When we commit to directly knowing, as we say in Zen, our True Nature, we have to be willing to give everything up. Everything. Lingering attachments work to insulate us from a full exposure to this very life that we are leading, according to Michael in this evening’s talk. “When awakening happens,” he says, “there [...]

The Partiality of a Global Digital Mind

I had a conversation recently about technology and its ability to effectively disseminate spirituality. On the one hand, there has never been a moment in human history where more information about more wisdom has been more accessible. People who otherwise might have never gone to an ashram or a zendo or a spiritual retreat in order to [...]

Redefining “Spiritual”

As I’ve led groups of meditators over the years, I’ve gotten used to hearing that people are looking for something in their lives that is “spiritual but not religious.” This is understandable since so many feel like they’ve evolved past the traditions they grew up with and yet they’re largely unclear as to what a [...]