Tag Archives: wisdom

Vimalakirti: Buddhist Bad-ass

For those into Buddhist bad-assery, no one compares to the lay practitioner, Vimalakirti. It’s one of my favorite, old-school reads. The Vimalakirti Nirdesa Sutra, also called the Vimalakirti Sutra, probably was written nearly 2,000 years ago. Yet it retains its freshness and humor as well as its wisdom. Modern readers especially appreciate its lesson on [...]

When Bruce Lee Tells Us to Be Formless, Listen.

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The Top 5 Regrets of The Dying

  When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently, common themes surfaced again and again. Here are the most common five: 1. I wish Id had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me. This was the most common regret of all. When [...]

Dialogs with My Teacher #20

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 16, 2010 Student: I’ve got a bunch of questions that have been popping up so I’m just going to spill them out and [...]

What Buddhism Says About Heartbreak

Susan Piver does a great job on this recent posting at the elephant journal. Love can never be made safe. It is the opposite of safe. The moment you try to make it safe, it ceases to be love. I realize this is a bummer, but think about it. Love is predicated on receptivity, on [...]

How do we know that we’re on the right path?

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Is there wisdom in anxiety?

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Encore Podcast – ISmile61 – At the Core of Everything is the Ninth Sense

This podcast was originally offered in June of 2005. ___ What is the Source of all things? In this talk, Michael pushes the limits of language by discussing the nature of Emptiness as it relates to the human experience. How is it that the experience of Emptiness is paradoxically so full, thus inspiring mystical teachings for [...]