You cannot recognise a bodhisattva by marks or signs. Sometimes the bodhisattva is calm and peaceful, sometimes the bodhisattva is wrathful, sometimes a joker, sometimes a provocateur, sometimes creative, sometimes a destroyer. The bodhisattva appears in many guises. He makes no excuse for his life. I’m saying “he” for convenience. A bodhisattva could be a man or a woman, adult or child, young or old, it could be the person sitting next to you on the bus.The bodhisattva is free. He is not like…See More
This morning we heard the news of the death of Suvidya, the leader of the Pureland Sangha in Delhi in India. This is a tragic event and we are all very shocked and sad. Suvidya contracted a fever, probably the covid virus, but because the hospitals are so overwhelmed at the moment, he was unable to get the medical care that he needed.Throughout his life Suvidya has lived in circumstances of poverty and deprivation, such that are not uncommon in India and in many other parts of the world. It’s a…See More
It’s good to learn about Buddhism. It is even better to discuss what you’ve learnt about Buddhism with other members of the Sangha. In that way the relationships grow and deepen. It’s best of all to hear the teachings - to have the teachings transmitted to you - from the teacher. Buddhism is transmitted through the generations from person to person; and the relationship with a teacher has, therefore, always been stressed as being of enormous importance. So, the teacher is one’s link with…See More
Celebrating the Full Moon and Renewing PracticeThis is the Medin Full Moon celebrating Buddha's return to his family after enlightenment. A good time to think about bring goodwill to our families.Approximate timetable14:00 Assemble 14:15 Satsang 15.15 Resolution & Refuge Invocation Sandokai Prayer of All Lineages Ippen’s Hymn Reading 16:15 Led meditation: Nei Quan Chih Quan - Dharmavidya 17:00 Sharing Sange and Refuges 18:00 Break 19:00 Gathering Reading Summary of Faith and Practice…See More
Große und gütige Quan Shi Yin, gib uns die Gnade, dich zu fühlen und zu erkennen, in welcher Form auch immer du erscheinen magst auf der Straße, in Geschäften, während der Arbeit oder unserer privaten Zeit.Gib uns den Mut, dich in Freude und in Schmerz zu erkennen, in Glück und in Unglück;Gib uns die Weisheit, dich in all deinen unzähligen Formen zu erkennen, nicht nur in denen, die wir sehen wollen;Gib uns das Mitgefühl, diejenigen zu verstehen, die im Griff von Verblendung, Vorurteilen und…See More
I became a Dharma student during my early twenties and also have a keen interest in art, photography and psychology. During the 1990s I lived several years in Buddhist retreat communities and started teaching Dharma. For more than 20 years now I have taught insight meditation retreats, metta and tonglen retreats in Germany and internationally, and also serve as counselor in private practice in Hamburg and on Skype/ Zoom.
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