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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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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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