MEDITATION IS A DECLARATION OF FREEDOM

I try to sit in meditation to be better at being what I am, to be more natural and free. That’s the answer I often get from people I meet, when I ask them, why do you meditate? The starting point is that I want to be better at being myself, the more free and easy me. Freedom is possible, but what …

THE PERFECT MIRROR

One day the wonderful and eccentric Buddhist master Nyoshul Khenpo placed a large sheet in my hand, the size of a poster. Translate it, his attendant said to me. The text in hand-writing, large enough to be read at a distance, announced itself to be a mirror, a place where mindfulness is reflected. In those days, 35 years ago, the subtle …

THE TIBETAN WAY OF MINDFULNESS

An authentic way to combine mindfulness and methods to transform our stream of thinking into being the dance of the awakened state, Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche taught me the Tibetan way of mindfulness. When you mindfully observe, the present state of thought is negative, aggressive, selfish, arrogant or close-minded, remind yourself of the method to change it into being at peace, which …

FINDING YOUR OWN SEAT

Meditation practice is well-known in all cultures, but I would like to repeat a little vital point to use right when you have sat down, which many of the great masters of the past have mentioned as the important starting point. It is to find your own seat. Finding one’s seat is done this way: First, make a gentle wish, …

HOW TO GROW A BIGGER HEART

There is such a need for bigger hearts, vast minds, for more tolerance, kindness and attitudes that includes everyone. We have enough racism and so many other ways to exclude each other. We all know how painful it is to be the one left out, to be the excluded or even the suppressed minority. Sometimes for absolutely no reason. It’s absurd to …

THE FOUR FLOWERS

It is often necessary to have a way to measure our individual development, to ask yourself how authentically human have I really become? What is the best way to be and live life to its fullest? Are there just a few points to check if I am right or wrong in a situation, in dealing with life? This is true whether one is a farmer …