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Infinite Smile

Summary: The Zen-inspired teachings of Michael McAlister are currently reaching a global audience. His non-dogmatic, accessible, and often amusing style of teaching work to inspire the hearts and minds of his students. And, fortunately, there is usually a little laughter along the way.

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  • Artist: Michael McAlister
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Podcasts:

 ISmile352 – Without the Slightest Error | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 53:49

Enjoy this evening's talk on how perfection shows up in the strangest ways.

 ISmile 351 – When Hopelessness Rules | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 56:16

This evening's talk covers a range of topics but centers around the idea that hopelessness offers us freedom. This is covered by Pema Chodron in her book, When Things Fall Apart.  

 ISmile 350 – E Pluribus Unum … For Real | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:51:05

Out of many, one. It’s more than just a slogan on our money. It’s also part of our Path. In this talk, Michael relates the expression to realization and practice. Tweet

 ISmile 349 – A New Path To Be In The World | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:51:05

In this talk, Michael discusses ways of realigning one’s approach to life from resistance to acceptance. Tweet

 iSmile 348 – Pointing Toward Enlightenment | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:14:58

No person, no group and no teaching will awaken any of us unless we uncover what’s past the “pointing finger” so to speak. Ultimately, as Michael says, we have to do the work ourselves. When we’re ready to really trust the Universe and its flow, we’ll see that we are always given what we need to awaken. Tweet

 iSmile 347 – Calamity’s Twin | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:14:24

The day of the Boston Marathon bombing, Michael points to how tragedy’s conjoined twin is heroism. As awful as horror can be, practice supports a simple but profound recognition that there is inspiration available everywhere in every moment. As vulnerable as we may feel, we are also given a chance to be strong. Tweet

 iSmile 346 – Cool Communication With Those That Are Hot | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:18:28

Speaking effectively with those individuals who can’t, or won’t, listen is one of the most challenging human endeavors. Practicing constructive exchanges, with surrender, deep listening and clarity of intention, is the work. Michael points out, with an excerpt from HIS BOOK, that constructive connection is as simple as shifting one’s perspective inward so as to study our own sticking points. Knowing these, we can let go of them. At this surrendered point, effective communication has a chance to unfold. Tweet

 iSmile 345 – The Realm Beyond Right and Wrong | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:13:18

Days after the Boston bombing, Michael offered this talk about how all of us have the capacity to cling and become unconscious. He also points out that we all have the ability to move past clinging so that we can truly “run again” by looking outside of ourselves and by looking inside. The look inside, at both our darkness and our heroic tendencies, he argues, allows for a “co-evolution” with all beings in an ever-expanding Universe. Tweet

 iSmile 344 – Stopping the Chase | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:13:18

What happens when we really stop? Really. Stop. This question can guide us into an openness that may fundamentally alter our lives. Imagine life without the sniff & scurry, the shake, rattle & roll. Imagine a life where we get past our tendency to chase our own tails. Breaking our addiction to movement, that so many of us have, helps us get past suffering… which is at the core of the Buddha’s teaching. Tweet

 Calamity’s Twin | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: Unknown

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 The Realm Beyond Right and Wrong | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: Unknown

Days after the Boston bombing, Michael offered this talk about how all of us have the capacity to cling and become unconscious. He also points out that we all have the ability to move past clinging so that we can truly "run again" by looking outside of ourselves and by looking inside. The look inside, at both our darkness and our heroic tendencies, he argues, allows for a "co-evolution" with all beings in an ever-expanding Universe.

 Cool Communication With Those That Are Hot | File Type: video/mp4 | Duration: Unknown

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 ISmile343 – Checking ID | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:44:33

This evening’s discussion centers around Michael’s proposal that our identification with ideas, objects, feelings, our bodies, our histories and our perceived destinies will always block any kind of stable awakening. Tweet

 ISmile343 – Zen, Sin, Jihad and Other Stickiness | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:47:00

In this talk, Michael describes ways that our walk along the path can get difficult. But this difficulty can be met with our full heart and mind if we meet our challenges with care. Even when we miss the mark, or sin, as Michael points out, we are provided with a perfect opportunity for practicing surrender. Tweet

 ISmile342 – The Qualities of Awakening | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 0:44:33

In this evening’s talk, Michael describes the benefits of sangha as a shortcut to uncovering our pre-existing enlightened mind. He further goes into the ways that Awakening manifests in each of us as a series of qualities that show up as being at once conscious and, at the same time, spontaneous. In other words, this talk describes how qualities of flexibility, not knowing, questioning, simplicity, the recognition of what is always prior to mind and body, surrender, patience and discipline. Additional topics include, the fallacy of conflating Buddhism with New Age practices, and getting a sense of our internal freedom we often refer to as the Witness. Tweet

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