Category Archives: Contemplation

Catching a cold: a lesson in discovering non-duality!

My brother’s Au pair had a cold when I visited a few days ago. A day later I had one, too! Sigh! A vivid reminder, how we human beings share our happiness and suffering in this life with each other. … Continue reading

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My ten favorite quotes on happiness

I just posted a guest post on the What Meditation Really Is blog. To find out what my ten favorite quotes on happiness are click here.

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Is there a satisfying answer to “What is the Meaning of Life”?

I have been reflecting on the meaning of life a lot recently. I read and thought about many possible answers from many different spiritual traditions. They all look at the meaning and purpose of life in different ways but there … Continue reading

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The Meaning of Life

Happy New Year! Here is a good question to start the year: What is the meaning of life? I suggest you stop reading for a moment and reflect what you would say if someone were to come up to you … Continue reading

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Good in the Beginning: Motivation

Over the last few years I have realized more and more how stressed and wound up I am. That was a really good insight. It helped me understand, why my mind is wild and agitated and that it is expected … Continue reading

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The Buddhist approach to contemplation: che gom and jok gom

I am presently on my way back home from a six week retreat with my teacher Sogyal Rinpoche at Lerab Ling, France. Right now I am visiting family in Munich and in a few days I will return back home … Continue reading

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The world is a mystery

Usually I am very groggy when I first wake up in the morning and it takes a while for my mind to show any signs of consciousness. But sometimes I wake up in the morning with a sense of wonder. … Continue reading

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Making friends with the word ‘ignorance’

A good way to contemplate the natural freedom of the mind, which I wrote about in last two posts, is to reflect on what keeps us from being free. In The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, Sogyal Rinpoche recounts … Continue reading

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The natural freedom of the mind

The word “freedom” is often used in the modern world. In my last post, I brought up the question: “What does freedom truly mean?” When I reflected on this question myself, what came to my mind were things like free … Continue reading

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What do we mean by freedom?

Freedom is not only an important theme in the Buddhist teachings but is also a very popular word these days. There are so many ways to think of it. In the modern world freedom is considered to be a fundamental … Continue reading

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