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Dialogs With My Teacher #59

February 10, 2011 Student: My mother is dying and there’s all sorts of interesting and tragic family stuff going on. It’s amazing and heart-breaking all at once. So my question is: how might any of us deal most constructively with the loss of a loved one? Michael:...

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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...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #57

January 13, 2011 (#57) Student: If every single thing that arises is the Infinite seeing itself, what does that say about evil acts? Michael: Evil acts are the embodiment of individual or collective unconsciousness. They vary in degree, but they all are sourced from a...

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Esalen Debates Its Own Future

The New York Times offers this interesting story about how Esalen, as it approaches its 50th anniversary, is adjusting to the aches and pains of age. Is it still relevant? Esalen’s leaders say they are tweaking the institute’s balance between the personal and the...

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Empty Your Cup

A nice reminder... Scholar Tokusan, who was full full of knowledge and opinions about the dharma, came to Ryutan and asked about Zen. At one point Ryutan re-filled his guests teacup, but did not stop pouring when the cup was full. Tea spilled out and ran over the...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #56

January 12, 2011 Student: Does an awakened response come before thought or does an awakened response come after the thought is acknowledged, and not believed? Michael: An awakened response is one that isn’t caught by anything. So thoughts aren’t ever the issue....

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Join us for our Fall 2012 Weekend Retreat

CULTIVATING FEARLESSNESS OCTOBER 12-14, 2012  MOUNT MADONNA CENTER This weekend retreat will offer an approach to living fearlessly. Each day will involve sitting meditation, walking meditation and dharma talks followed by Q&A, as well as practice interviews with...

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