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Meet Michael McAlister

July 09, 2010 By: admin Category: About Us, Teachers

Beginning in 1987, Michael began his practice and study with the Zen community at Green Gulch Farm in Sausalito, California. Over the years his journey led him to study abroad with teachers in both Thailand and Nepal, where, in addition to broadening his exposure to Buddhist teachings, he also experienced different ways of walking the Path to Spirit. While his teaching is Zen-inspired, he works to integrate several of the Nondual teachings from the contemplative traditions of Vedanta Hinduism, Christianity, Kabbalah, and Sufiism.

After becoming frustrated after college with what he came to regard as “the basic superficiality” of his life, Michael began looking for spiritual meaning that had depth and integrity. He looked into several religious practices, hoping to find deeper balance and peace in a tradition. But over time he became increasingly discouraged with the hypocrisy and the exclusivity of traditional versions of faith.

Then a friend introduced him to Zen meditation and things began to shift. Visit Michael McAlister’s page to read more about his journey and the founding of the Infinite Smile sangha.


Spirit: Book 3

February 03, 2010 By: Julie Clayton Category: Living with Intention, Mind Body Spirit

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The Stone Boy and other stories (1996)
By Thich Nhat Hanh

Parallax Press

Published in 1996, The Stone Boy remains a perennial favorite of mine, written by Zen master and teacher, Thich Nhat Hahn. He is a master storyteller and poet, and this collection of short fictional stories explores the universal themes of love and compassion, against a backdrop of Vietnamese culture and his own spiritual experiences. I personally appreciate being introduced to another culture, and particularly when the author is able to show how the thread of human connection transcends the visible world. These stories are infused with cathartic wisdom that permeates your soul, and showers you with sparks of inner awakening to the sacredness of all life. If words define our reality, this clustering of words articulates a mindful and luminous world of interconnection.

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