Always Spot-On, Cioran


Some people can only connect with this sort of stuff if they have a user-friendly vocabulary which is already familiar to their training or group.

“The condition he had before consciousness“ is another word for Seung Sahn’s “don’t know”, or Osho’s “no mind,” Bassui’s “Unborn,” Lin-chi’s “original person of no rank“, Rumi’s “Lover,” and the Buddha’s “Nirvana” or “true self” or “Buddha-nature” — as well as Judaism’s “YHWH” and Islam’s “Allah”. Even writing it or drawing it are terrible mistakes.

So, you can read it again with your own favourite insertion. The point is the same: “Deep in their hearts, humans aspire to re-join _________________. History is merely the detour we take to get there.”

Now does it make more sense?

All-Night Meditation at Zen Center Regensburg, New Year’s 2019/’20


It seems like 5 years ago already that we were advertising this ad that Pablo and I designed together on a train rocketing down to give a Dharma talk at the Peace Pagoda in Austria.

And who could have foreseen, then, that the next Kyol Che — nay, the whole next year — would essentially be cancelled and emptied of all plans and works?

Time and space — everything but everything is created by mind alone.

This New Year’s Eve, it will be an all-night sitting of just two, following the local lockdown laws.

Neo’s Choice


I am thankful that the creators of “The Matrix” made so abundantly clear the core issue: Either wake up, or continue the sleep. This is the path of practicing Zen, and it is experienced so powerfully in the experience of silent Zen retreat:


Morpheus explains to Neo that the Matrix is an illusory world created to prevent humans from discovering that they are slaves to an external influence. Holding out a capsule on each of his palms, he describes the choice facing Neo:

“This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill—the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill—you stay in Wonderland, and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes. Remember: all I’m offering is the truth. Nothing more.”

Why We Meditate


This is exactly why we rely on silent meditation: nothing, with words, relying on words, coming from words, needing words can ever come as close to delivering an experience of truth. Philosophy aspires to truth: but it cannot reach there, fully. It is why Dae Soen Sa Nim used to say, “Opening your mouth is already a big mistake.”