In this Dharma talk, Michael discusses the separation and anger he felt in relation to his teacher. At a very specific point during his practice, Michael learned that among the most important thing to do was to question the teaching. He realized that questioning his teacher was critical in moving his practice from an intellectual understanding into an exercise of both body and mind. Getting over-balanced in the area of mind, or in the area of body, distorts our practice. Awakening is not something that the mind can manage. Nor is it something that the body can manage.

So what are the steps toward integrating this mind and this body? Michael says we need to recognize and take advantage of the following opportunities as our practice deepens: meditation, contemplation, realization, non-resistance, and love. Of course “luck” can help, as well as a faith that extends beyond belief and continually reveals a deep singularity that includes all things.


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