Tag Archives: teaching

ISmile339 – Dealing With Conflict

What happens when we are in the midst of disagreement?  This can apply to a marriage, a friendship, a community or (perhaps especially) a legislative debate or an election. The Buddha had some thoughts on this as noted in the famed Quarrel of Kosambi, where he offers some guidance. Engaging in the practice of right [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #58

Feb. 8, 2011 Student: When we say that whatever is happening is the Universe expressing itself in utter perfection, isn’t this also a thought or story that we can cling to? Michael: Absolutely. That’s why we don’t stop practicing. We find that the deeper our practice goes, the more we have the compulsion to keep [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #51

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. ___ December 14, 2010 Student: Where there is love, there can be no fear, right? Michael: I’d agree with that statement as long as the [...]

Will the real Thay please, uh, sit down?

I’ve long appreciated the in-your-face approach of Brad Warner. This doesn’t mean that I necessarily agree with him or his sentiments. In fact, much of the time I find that his ways of communicating takes away from the wisdom he offers. But I do find myself smiling at his fearlessness. I also find myself smiling [...]

How do answers come out of the spiritual questions asked of you?

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How does one balance discipline with kindness?

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How does your teaching change depending on who’s sitting in front of you?

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Dialogs With My Teacher #15

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 1, 2010 Student: I’m uncovering a seeming paradox and curious about what you think. Michael: Fire away. Student: Although you as teacher can [...]