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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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Dialogs With My Teacher #52

December 28, 2010 (#52) Student: What is the difference between knowing and believing? Michael: Both are activities of the mind that can be useful. If, for instance, you know something, you generally have some kind of evidence to back up your mental position. With...

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Which Style of Meditation is Right?

Thought this was cool... SAN FRANCISCO STATE UNIVERSITY Meditation's variations can frustrate or enlighten To the uninformed observer, meditation looks simple: Sit still, seek inner peace, repeat. But meditation can be practiced in a variety of forms, each of which...

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Fall Weekend Retreat

Come join us... Cultivating Fearlessness October 12-14, 2012  MOUNT MADONNA CENTER This weekend retreat will offer an approach to living in this way. Each day will involve sitting meditation, walking meditation and dharma talks followed by Q&A, as well as practice...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #51

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. ___ December 14, 2010 Student: Where there is love, there can be no fear,...

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