Tag Archives: Truth

ISmile327 – Karma’s a Bitch

Michael works with The Book of Serenity‘s, Case #76 as a way of describing the path of attainment. He also weaves into this description an application of how people come together and separate in relationships. By using the phrase, “The moon sets, midnight going through the marketplace,” he points toward the teaching that there is [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #31

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 16, 2010 Student: I keep thinking that the mental stories authored by my ego are kinda’ like bullfrogs in that they’re always puffing [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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. [...]

Dialogs With My Teacher #6

Is thinking about it as an experience the very thing that keeps me from resting in this open space continually?

Commuter Zen #43

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ISmile286 – Radical Honesty and the Great Matter

In this video-taped Dharma talk, Michael McAlister explains how we can lie lives rooted in deep, or radical, honesty. Once we start to do this we can find that there is no longer a compulsion to either establish or cling to an identity. Once we lose our grip on our identity, or our identity loses [...]