Author Archives: Michael Gray

About Michael Gray

I first started studying TSK in the mid 1980's and have since attended a number of retreats and workshops at the Nyingma Institute, in both TSK and Buddhist themes. I participated in the life-changing Human Development Training Program in 1991, and upon returning to Albuquerque co-founded an organization, Friends in Time (with a friend who has Lou Gehrig's Disease), which continues to serve people with similiar disabilities. I contributed an essay to "A New Way of Being"--the last one in the book--in which I describe how learning to honor who I have been has broadened and deepened my openness to present experience. I live in New Mexico with my wife and two sons.

Maybe Light My Fire

In the natural world, or at least when human ingenuity impinges upon it, we see moths flying into candle flames and hovering around porch lights and street lamps. If a sea captain were to steer toward a lighthouse on a … Continue reading

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Separation Anxiety (object and its glow)

This morning I was doing an exercise called “The Object and its Glow”, which invited me to discover experientially that I (the viewing self) am not so separate from the objects that I view—even though a sense of separation runs … Continue reading

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THE WALL AND ME…

Am I standing or floating in the stream of time? “We do not let satisfaction be a reality. We try to achieve it in the future, to capture it and tie it down, making it a ‘present’. Under such circumstances, … Continue reading

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SPINNING, or Tiny Gyroscopes a Mountain Make

“If you want to locate Space, Time and Knowledge in relation to the usual ‘knowing self’ picture, let all objects be ‘space’, the observing subject be ‘knowledge’ and the presentations of subject-object interactions be ‘time’.”Time, Space, and Knowledge, Page 109. … Continue reading

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Time Sensitive… or Why I like to Keep Appointments

An appointment is like a buoy on the tossing surface of a great lake. If I cancel a meeting with someone, I fear that it will never be rescheduled and that the coming together of our shared trajectories in life … Continue reading

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Conversations and Revisions

A few days ago, I wrote in my journal, “Well, I’m still here. When I’m no longer ‘here” (a ‘bystander’ present for all those ‘outside standers’) then these daily entries will cease.” Who is this self–this indefatigable protagonist in my … Continue reading

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My Bubble World

“Thoughts may arise like bubbles in a stream of water, but we are intent on entering the thought’s ‘bubble world’. From within that world we can no longer ask where the bubble comes from or goes to, nor can we … Continue reading

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X Marks the Vision…

On the Coattails of the Flying Moment A vision isn’t the same as the momentum of the life we are living. When we are actually living a vision (of what life is about and who we aspire to be), then … Continue reading

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A Widening Perspective.

Like water flowing from far-off mountains, the lyrical flow of Longchenpa’s “Kindly Bent to Ease Us” laps at the edges of my awareness and I imagine myself being carried along by inner calm and wider perspective. Then I realize that—although … Continue reading

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Bigger than a Blue Whale

Setting Sail While rain is manna for a tree And blossoms church bells for a bee We wander in a land of doubt And lose our way on the open sea. As the world swirls around us And we sprint … Continue reading

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