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Dialogs With My Teacher #70

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. ___ April 27, 2011  Student: Since our last talk, it’s like everything,...

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A New Bodhisattva Path?

How might a Buddhist most effectively respond to the many pressing (often scary) issues facing humanity today? It's not very bodhisattva-like, for example, to merely cloak oneself in "non-attachment" when an "appropriate response" is to be helpful to all beings. So...

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Getting Back to the Great Matter

Barbara O'Brien offers us an interesting take on how contemporary Buddhism runs the risk of getting watered-down. In Zen monasteries, a flat board is hung near the meditation hall, next to a mallet. This is the "han."  Striking the han with the mallet calls everyone...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #69

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. ___ Apr. 19, 2011 Student: So the last few days have been amazing and...

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Christianity Enriched by Buddhism

Susan Stabile offers us an interesting read over at the HuffingtonPost: ... Buddhism has helped me understand in a richer way some of the truths of Christianity. Although expressed in different terms, many of the truths of Buddhism have resonance in Christianity...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #68

  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.   ___ Apr. 1, 2011 Student: Where is freedom in commitment?...

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We Need Your Help…

Two Simple Words...   November 2012 Dear Friends, It was important to us that this email not to get lost in the shuffle since we, as a community, wanted for you to hear two simple words: Thank you. For over a decade, the Infinite Smile Sangha has been able to...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #67

  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.   ___ March 31, 2011 Student: If someone said to you, “You...

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Dialogs With My Teacher #66

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. ___ Mar. 29, 2011  Student: How are any of us to know for sure what we...

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Blasphemy laws have no basis in the Quran

This is from the "Do Not Become The Unconsciousness You Seek To Avoid" file. Regardless of our tradition (and yes, this includes Buddhism), clinging to scripture or practice can distort sacred teachings. Ali Khan Mahmudabad'sexplores the blasphemy laws of both...

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