Tag Archives: teachers

ISmile326 – How To Let Go

In this evening’s talk, Michael looks at the three components to truly letting go. He first begins with the aspiration for awakening. Secondly, he points to the appreciation of what we have been given in this life. Thirdly, he points to the need for there to be a resolve when it comes to practice itself. [...]

ISmile297 – The Shadow and the Light

Rumi says, “When the water gets caught in habitual whirlpools, dig a way out through the bottom to the ocean.” How many habitual behaviors and thought patterns diminish our experience? Looking carefully at the answer to this question helps us uncover what blocks our awakening. Really digging our way out, however, begins to show rewards [...]

Encore Post – Teachers

This post was originally offered in June of 2008 as part of the book, Awake in This Life. ___ So why is it that so many seemingly enlightened masters get into so much trouble? If someone Awakens, we might imagine that he or she is beyond all of the bad stuff. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. [...]

Commuter Zen #37

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Genpo Merzel Disrobes

Dennis “Genpo” Merzel has had more than a few rumors swirling around him recently. His response, appropriately, has been to leave the robes and his official status as a Soto Zen lineage holder behind. Here’s what he had to say about his situation: Owning my Responsibility A Personal Statement from Genpo Merzel I have chosen to [...]

Encore Post – Teachers

This entry comes from the book, Awake in This Life. ______ So why is it that so many seemingly enlightened masters get into so much trouble? If someone Awakens, we might imagine that he or she is beyond all of the bad stuff. Unfortunately, this isn’t true. I guess the answers to these and other questions [...]

Encore Post – No Teachers

This entry comes from the book, Awake in This Life. ______ As we’ve discussed, no person can enlighten another. Some realized people have a gift for pointing out Truth, but you must realize it for yourself. Whenever we meet another with the fullness of our attention, this allows for one mind to see itself in two [...]

ISmile274 – Why Am I Here?

In this Dharma talk, Michael addresses what it means to question our motives for participating in a practice with a teaching, teacher and group of spiritual friends. From here an alchemy begins to unfold where the lead of one’s day-to-day can reveal itself as spiritual gold. ___ Click on the player below, in order to [...]