Lockdown-Christmas 2020 in the Regensburg Altstadt

During a “normal” Christmas season in the Regensburg Altstadt, the streets are teeming with people moving between the six or seven traditional Christmas markets, eating sausages and drinking cups of steaming Glühwein. The scent of roasting sausages would waft into the Dharma Room if we opened the windows during Evening Practice, making a unique olfactory combination with the traditional Greek frankincense we burn every day here in the Zen Center. This year, an atmosphere both surreal and also somewhat more preferable, except for the unimaginable burdens being born by health care workers, merchants, and people with children. I don’t miss that scent in the Dharma Room, however! These photos were taken just yesterday by a local photographer who I feature often on this page, Herr Rudolf Rinner. rudolf.rinner@freenet.de

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More Transcendence from The God-Man, Nils Frahm

This blog could live on posts of the music of Nils Frahm (and Gustav Mahler), and a few assorted word-reflections on the meditative life, and be more than enough satisfaction. Encountering this sublime piece again recently, and the heart-soul is moved to celebrate his greatness — again and again, in whatever form, on whatever day. So simple, yet so passionately-felt, and so higher-level on every level. I actually think he is truly a kind of saint. There is an unshakeable inner-knowing, a gnosis, a techno-rapture not just of notes and rhythms but vast simple eternities of the soul. Can’t put words to it, and shouldn’t.

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Does a Cat Have Buddha-Nature?

While I was sitting in a park one day recently in Athens, a stray cat came to talk. “Meow! Meow! Meow!! Please give me some food.” The question was answered purrrrrrrrrr- fectly.

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