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.

Aftermaths and Precursors

Ah, the before and the after! How have they managed to crowd out my awareness of my feelings and my freedom to ponder the meaning of it all as my life putts along? But there’s no use pretending that it … Continue reading

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Mr. Dumpty’s Rehabilitation

After his great fall, Mr. Dumpty took to wearing a corset. His figure had never been the kind that favored off-the-rack clothing, even those catering to pear-shaped figures, and, due to the way his shoulders tapered into his head, he … Continue reading

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The Truth about Crows

Franz Kafka’s aphorisms still speak to the reality in which we live. One observation, which ostensibly targets our playful, adamant cousins, the crows, strikes a disturbing note for our present time: “The crows maintain that a single crow can destroy … Continue reading

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Dancing in the Silence

“And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music.” Friedrich Nietzsche I don’t want to be one of the people who spend their whole lives not hearing the melodies and … Continue reading

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Stirring the Caldron of Time

As I opened the fridge door and wondered what would take the edge off my hunger, before I want out for my walk, I heard my mother, sitting at the kitchen table, say, “I never wanted to be so opinionated.” … Continue reading

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Empty Space

My life changed forever twenty years ago, We had driven to a look-out on Route 1 in northern California where, once everyone had parked their cars, the group gathered in a circle and did a few chants. Then they headed … Continue reading

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Simple Insights

I had two insights this past week. They both seem as simple as to be hardly worth mentioning; but I don’t want to forget them. One of those insights was: I feel happier when I am trying to realize my … Continue reading

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The Dreaming of the Sands

We can examine the sinew and bones of experience for their secrets, but it may be that the mystery of time is to be found elsewhere. I have the privilege of knowing people who are working on books and classes … Continue reading

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Pendulums in the Sky with Diamonds

“Leave them alone and they’ll come home, wagging their tails behind them.” –From the writings of 16th century shepherdess, Little Bo Peep. This morning, I was about to use the sound of the pendulum’s ticks and tocks, out in the … Continue reading

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Feeling at Ease

Standing on the shore, perhaps on a cliff above crashing waves, where even the seagulls and ravens cruise far below, or right there at the level of the waves, my shoes settled into wet pebbles; I feel the mist traveling … Continue reading

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