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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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Look At That Story

If you're finding that the stories you tell yourself are limiting your experience, Leslie Gossett's piece at Shambhala Sun Space  is worth a read: “If only I had done this… If only I had the strength to do… If I could just stop buying into my storyline, then I could...

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To Our Muslim Brothers and Sisters

In the service of a conscious evolution of interfaith dialog, here's Danny Fisher's open letter on Islamophobia. July 31, 2012 San Francisco, CA USA -- As disciples of the Buddha who live in the West, we would like to take the holy month of Ramadan as an opportunity...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #55

January 10, 2011 (#55) Student: What is the most enlightened way to communicate with someone who is very difficult? Michael: The same way I’ve suggested that you speak to someone who complains a lot; listen deeply and speak from a place of open generosity. Student:...

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Bill Clinton: Meditator.

While I'm happy for the former presidents choice, I can't help but wonder how a meditation practice might have affected his choices during his presidency. ...in his latest bid to improve his well-being, the Democrat has hired his own personal Buddhist monk to help him...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #54

January 6, 2011 (#54) Student: If there is no self, who sets goals and where do these goals come from? Michael: Goals arise just as all else arises: from Emptiness. They also eventually die back into Emptiness. This basic rule applies to everything, including the self...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #53

January 4, 2011 (#53) Student: Can you explain what you mean when you say that our spiritual transition can get ugly when glimpses of the Infinite start to show up? Michael: When the egoic you, or small self, sees that the Infinite You, or Big Self, exists, things can...

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Buddhism in the US Surges

This near doubling in the number of self-identified, US Buddhists since 2007 is interesting: A new study by the Pew Forum on Religious and Public Life estimates that between 1 and 1.3 percent of the United States population—between 3 and 4 million people—identifies as...

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