Messenger Teaching

A Facebook Messenger exchange I had with someone I never met, back in 2017. Reading more books just to learn the Dharma is just delaying further the day when you sit and practice, look inside. If someone has gotten enough from your videos or recorded teachings on the Internet to call you “teacher,” they already know enough that knowledge can ever possibly show them about Dharma. Reading more books, at this stage, would be like someone sitting in a French restaurant reading Michelin’s Guide to French Cuisine. No amount of reading will satisfy the appetite OR fill the stomach. Just

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Retreat Practice in February 2020

Already some 10 people have committed to sit this retreat. Our beautiful Zen family is gathering from Norway, Greece, Austria, the US, and Korea. It will be wonderful to return to group silence in don’t-know together. Applications being accepted at zen.center.regensburg@gmail.com. (As always, please do not communicate through this blog for any ZCR events.)

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Completing Mahler

Meditation teachers often refer to the restless, self-entertaining wandering mind as the “monkey-mind.” Like a monkey left in a cage, or in a the jungle, the untrained conceptual mind picks up this thought-object one moment, drops it for another emotion-toy another moment, mouths on some some tasty yet inedible memory for another few minutes, snorts some vague future plan another, or chews an imagined idea or feeling the next, sniffing around some ancient hurt or grievance, teething-a-this, licking-a-that. The monkey-mind is not good, not bad: it has no point to what it does. It’s just the endless play of the

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Response to an Essay About “Teacher”

I recently read a very beautiful essay about the power of “Teacher”, posted on Facebook by Magda Bepunkt. I recommend this to everyone. In this case, it is inspired by the rare soul called Niko, the founder and Guiding Teacher of Ashtanga Yoga Regensburg. Although there were/are other very very good Ashtanga practitioners in Regensburg when he first arrived in March 2016, his particular passion and honesty and extraordinary self-discipline have farmed a garden of beautiful flowers which continue to bloom today as a group, a family of strong Ashtangis here in Regensburg, called Ashtanga Yoga Regensburg, still practicing under

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