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.