The journey of a 1000 miles begins with a single step


Nothing to report

My hut lies in the middle of a dense forest;
Every year the green ivy grows longer.
No news of the affairs of men,
Only the occasional song of a woodcutter.
The sun shines and I mend my robe;
When the moon comes out I read Buddhist poems.
I have nothing to report my friends.
If you want to find the meaning,
stop chasing after so many things.

Just a movie

This endless film show is being played in our mind – moment to moment mind states – and that is projected out in front of us as our external reality. Now as long as we are fascinated by the movie in front of us, then we believe it and we become deeply involved in what appears to be happening. But if we look back and realize it’s just a mind-show that we are projecting, then even though we can still enjoy it, we are not going to be totally devastated if it’s a tragedy or completely engulfed if it’s a romance. We know it’s just a movie.

– Tenzin Palmo


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Every one of us is precious

Every one of us is,
in the cosmic perspective, precious.
If a human disagrees with you, let him live.
In a hundred billion galaxies, you will not find another.

Carl Sagan


Now that all thoughts have subsided
off I go, deep into the woods,
and pick me
a handful of shepherd’s purse.
Just like the stream
meandering through mossy crevices
I, too, hushed
become utterly clear.

– Ryokan

quoted in the book “The Longing In Between: Sacred Poetry From Around The World”

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The road is the goal and we are always on the road

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“Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.”

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ~

Don’t depend on death to liberate you

Image may contain: 1 person, text that says '"Don't depend death to liberate you from your imperfections. are exactly same after death as you were before. Nothing changes; you only give the body. you thief a or cheater before death, don't become an merely by dying. If such were possible, then us all go jump the ocean now become angels at once! Whatever you have made of yourself thus far, so be hereafter. And when you reincarnate, you will bring that same nature with you. To change, you have to make the effort. This is the place do it." ~PARAMAHANSA YOGANANDA'

Ancient Philosophy

Mountain Monks (10 min)

Mountain Monks

The Yamabushi in northern Japan practice a once forbidden ancient religion. While their tradition is at risk of disappearing, it offers a way for those seeking a different path in Japan‘s society.

Walking barefoot through rivers, meditating under waterfalls and spending the nights on mountaintops – that is the way of the Yamabushi. They walk into the forest to die and be born again.

Their teachings of Shugendō 修験道 were first established 1400 years ago and peaked in popularity during the 17th century when Yamabushi visited around 90 percent of all villages in northern Japan. The monks were said to have magical powers and served as advisors to samurai and warlords.

In the late 19th century, when Japan opened itself to the west and moved from a feudal state towards industrialization, their religion was forbidden. Only the monks of Yamagata prefecture in northern Japan practiced the tradition in secret. Their isolation near the three holy mountains of Dewa helped them to save their customs.

Today, their religion is not forbidden anymore, but there aren’t many left who practice it either. Some schools have opened their doors to allow women and foreigners. They offer private courses to help maintain their sacred places:

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(c) Fritz Schumann 2018

music by Mario Kaoru Mevy

Kami (spirit) and people are not separate; they exist within the same world

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“The key takeaway [of quantum mechanics].. is that we are all part of one unified field interacting and co-existing with one another.. Kami (spirit) and people are not separate; they exist within the same world and share its interrelated complexity.”
~Akiko Ogawa

Drawing: Soul Supremacy, 2017
Akiko Ogawa Art ink on paper
Finding The Sacred In Our Industrial Machines

Freedom Lies in the Wisdom to Choose

We establish some stability and focus in our mind and see which elements in it lead to greater peace, which to greater suffering. All of it — both the peace and the suffering — happens lawfully. Freedom lies in the wisdom to choose.

– Joseph Goldstein
from the book “Insight Meditation: The Practice of Freedom”

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Bringing meditation into our daily lives

Image may contain: one or more people, text that says '"We should be able to bring the practice of meditation hall into our daily lives. We need to discuss among ourselves how to do it. Do you practice breathing between phone calls? Do you practice smiling while cutting carrots? you practice relaxation after hard hours of work? These are practical questions. you how to apply meditation to dinner time, leisure time, sleeping time, it will penetrate your daily life, and it will also have a tremendous effect on social concerns." ~NHAT HANH'