Michael Stone Teachings is creating a library online for an international community without walls.
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On July 16, 2017, Michael Stone—an internationally-recognized Buddhist teacher, author, host of the Awake in the World podcast, and mental health advocate—died, having succumbed to bipolar disorder.

Michael loved his students and he loved his work. The practices he shared through workshops, retreats and writing were a life raft for him. His work inspired and grounded him. As a neurodiverse person living with internal instability, he channeled his challenges and the insights gleaned from his experience into tools that he could share with others. It could be argued that it was in experiencing these challenges that Michael became so effective a teacher and communicator. For someone facing his kinds of suffering, he did really, really well.

It is easy to wonder, how he could’ve died considering his practice and teaching. We could instead ask, how did he live so well considering the power of his neurodiverse wiring? What can we learn about our own minds and hearts from someone who visits the front lines of instability?

Being Michael’s partner, I knew a full version of him. One thing I know for sure is that Michael would want his work to continue. I feel I can be a voice for him now—that I can articulate closely what would be true for him going forward. So, however, I can be available, I will be available.

But why continue?

Because of the work Michael did that has yet to be released to the world.

In 42 years Michael did a lifetime of work. There is more material waiting in the wings than ever before—a trove of at least a year’s worth of podcasts for the Community Library, several online courses, and four books scheduled to be released.

Also, because our international community has insisted on continuing.

Michael’s teachings have spread to many sanghas, each with its own heart. A network has formed. We call this network at large “an international community without walls.” It was the thing that Michael was most proud of. Continuity will come through this community—including support from practice mentors, staff, advisors, and other collaborators who worked closely with him.

We don’t have Michael anymore, but we still have the resources he left for us. The Community Library (and the website that houses it) will continue with the same accessibility and generosity as before, as long as we continue to have supporters. Below, we tell you how to support the Community Library and Michael’s legacy by pledging a monthly amount through Patreon.

It’s worth noting that since Michael’s death, his followers have grown by the thousands. People have been moved by his story. Whoever you are, we welcome you.

Michael’s life was interrupted, but the teachings need not be. We activate our connection with Michael through practice; that is the lineage. In this way, the teachings outlast the teacher.

~ Carina Stone
Steward, Michael Stone Teachings

PLEASE SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY LIBRARY & MICHAEL’S LEGACY


Patreon is like an ongoing Kickstarter campaign, where you can pledge a monthly amount—that you specify—in support of what’s being created.

As Michael said, “From a Buddhist perspective, Patreon offers an opportunity for a form of digital dana. Dana is the practice of generosity and a way to support philanthropic public projects that empower and help many.”

Our Community Library is that kind of project. It is and will always be at the core of Michael Stone Teachings’ international online community.

Everything in the Community Library is available for free. Anyone, anywhere can have instant access to material that will help them deepen their practice and contribute to a culture of compassion and collaboration.

Well over half a million people have already taken advantage of what the Community Library has to offer. And our numbers keep climbing.

It’s as simple as this: everything we do takes a resource. With Michael gone, so is much of our income. The more resources we have the more we can ensure that the teachings Michael left behind can be made available for free to anyone in the world.

It takes just a few minutes to pledge by clicking that large orange button at the top right of this page.

Remember, you’ll be making a monthly pledge and you can easily cancel it anytime.

You’ll also see that we’re offering gifts to show our appreciation.

You’ll find these over to the right. We hope you’ll like them and that they deepen your practice.

Thank you for helping us to continue to nourish our beautiful, international community without walls and to keep Michael Stone’s legacy alive.
Rewards
Initiating
$1 or more per month
We’ll post our podcasts and videos in the Patreon feed—with a personalized message—before they’re released anywhere else, so you’ll be the first to get them.
Establishing
$10 or more per month
You'll get access to the patron-only feed, as above, as well as special resources—like excerpts of Michael's new books, pieces of his research, and videos from online courses.
Expanding
$20 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus, there are around a dozen series of dharma talks scattered throughout our archive. We’ll bundle them all into one neat folder for you to download.
Thriving
$50 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus, we’ll send you a special gift.
Goals
173 of 300 patrons
At this level we will be able to transcribe podcast episodes, include closed captioning in videos, and grow the Community Library as a resource.
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On July 16, 2017, Michael Stone—an internationally-recognized Buddhist teacher, author, host of the Awake in the World podcast, and mental health advocate—died, having succumbed to bipolar disorder.

Michael loved his students and he loved his work. The practices he shared through workshops, retreats and writing were a life raft for him. His work inspired and grounded him. As a neurodiverse person living with internal instability, he channeled his challenges and the insights gleaned from his experience into tools that he could share with others. It could be argued that it was in experiencing these challenges that Michael became so effective a teacher and communicator. For someone facing his kinds of suffering, he did really, really well.

It is easy to wonder, how he could’ve died considering his practice and teaching. We could instead ask, how did he live so well considering the power of his neurodiverse wiring? What can we learn about our own minds and hearts from someone who visits the front lines of instability?

Being Michael’s partner, I knew a full version of him. One thing I know for sure is that Michael would want his work to continue. I feel I can be a voice for him now—that I can articulate closely what would be true for him going forward. So, however, I can be available, I will be available.

But why continue?

Because of the work Michael did that has yet to be released to the world.

In 42 years Michael did a lifetime of work. There is more material waiting in the wings than ever before—a trove of at least a year’s worth of podcasts for the Community Library, several online courses, and four books scheduled to be released.

Also, because our international community has insisted on continuing.

Michael’s teachings have spread to many sanghas, each with its own heart. A network has formed. We call this network at large “an international community without walls.” It was the thing that Michael was most proud of. Continuity will come through this community—including support from practice mentors, staff, advisors, and other collaborators who worked closely with him.

We don’t have Michael anymore, but we still have the resources he left for us. The Community Library (and the website that houses it) will continue with the same accessibility and generosity as before, as long as we continue to have supporters. Below, we tell you how to support the Community Library and Michael’s legacy by pledging a monthly amount through Patreon.

It’s worth noting that since Michael’s death, his followers have grown by the thousands. People have been moved by his story. Whoever you are, we welcome you.

Michael’s life was interrupted, but the teachings need not be. We activate our connection with Michael through practice; that is the lineage. In this way, the teachings outlast the teacher.

~ Carina Stone
Steward, Michael Stone Teachings

PLEASE SUPPORT THE COMMUNITY LIBRARY & MICHAEL’S LEGACY


Patreon is like an ongoing Kickstarter campaign, where you can pledge a monthly amount—that you specify—in support of what’s being created.

As Michael said, “From a Buddhist perspective, Patreon offers an opportunity for a form of digital dana. Dana is the practice of generosity and a way to support philanthropic public projects that empower and help many.”

Our Community Library is that kind of project. It is and will always be at the core of Michael Stone Teachings’ international online community.

Everything in the Community Library is available for free. Anyone, anywhere can have instant access to material that will help them deepen their practice and contribute to a culture of compassion and collaboration.

Well over half a million people have already taken advantage of what the Community Library has to offer. And our numbers keep climbing.

It’s as simple as this: everything we do takes a resource. With Michael gone, so is much of our income. The more resources we have the more we can ensure that the teachings Michael left behind can be made available for free to anyone in the world.

It takes just a few minutes to pledge by clicking that large orange button at the top right of this page.

Remember, you’ll be making a monthly pledge and you can easily cancel it anytime.

You’ll also see that we’re offering gifts to show our appreciation.

You’ll find these over to the right. We hope you’ll like them and that they deepen your practice.

Thank you for helping us to continue to nourish our beautiful, international community without walls and to keep Michael Stone’s legacy alive.

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Rewards
Initiating
$1 or more per month
We’ll post our podcasts and videos in the Patreon feed—with a personalized message—before they’re released anywhere else, so you’ll be the first to get them.
Establishing
$10 or more per month
You'll get access to the patron-only feed, as above, as well as special resources—like excerpts of Michael's new books, pieces of his research, and videos from online courses.
Expanding
$20 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus, there are around a dozen series of dharma talks scattered throughout our archive. We’ll bundle them all into one neat folder for you to download.
Thriving
$50 or more per month
You'll get all of the above, plus, we’ll send you a special gift.