Tag: Buddhism

Buddhist Thoughts

The other day in one of my newsletters and alerts, I got the following Buddhist Wisdom I would like to share with you: You should be an island to yourself, a refuge to yourself, not dependent on any other but taking refuge in the truth and none other than the truth. And how do you become an island and a refuge to yourself? In this way. You see and contemplate your body as composed of all the forces of the universe. Ardently and mindfully you steer your body-self by restraining your discontent with the world about you. In the same way, observe and contemplate your feelings and use that same ardent restraint and self-possession against enslavement by greed or desire. By seeing attachment to your body and feelings as blocking the truth, you dwell in self-possession and ardent liberation from those ties. This is how you live as an island to yourself and a refuge to yourself. Whoever dwells in this contemplation, islanded by the truth and taking refuge in the truth–that one will come out of the darkness and into the light. – Digha Nikaya The reason why I am sharing it is that it reminds me a bit

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Buddhism and Science

All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. Buddha. All matter originates and exists only by virtue of a force… We must assume behind this force the existence of a conscious and intelligent Mind. This Mind is the matrix of all matter. Max Planck. Enjoy the following video which looks at Science and Buddhism and links them both together. Enjoy and have a great weekend. Where Science and Buddhism Meet from Gerald Penilla on Vimeo.

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Resources for Life – Life map

As a coach for personal development I am very interested in all sorts of theories. In the recent issue of the Saturday Financial Times I found an article about the perfect small home and this guy in Iowa who lives in a very small trailer. However, looking through the website I found a life map which got my attention. It plans out what your focus in life is an why and how….. – really it is a “wheel of life”. The “normal wheel of life”, used by most coaches looks like that: It examines certain areas of your life and analyses where you are happy with, e.g. in this example from Dave where the family part of the wheel is almost 100% in terms of achievement and happiness, whilst the money part still needs development. Anyhow, the wheel of life focuses on: career, money, health, partner, family, friends, learning and environment. You can add or remove categories, e.g. if you study “studying” or if you do a lot of sports it could be “basketball” for instance additional to health. Now, the other wheel I found at the Resources for life, has very similar categories: Lifeways, Health, Career, Finance, Relationship, Activism

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Why am I a Buddhist?

As most of you know I feel being a Buddhist. And, I see Buddhism as part of my life. My personal development trainings I offer with cb consulting are based on the compassion and love I give to any living being. Just recently I wrote an article on my other blog about “Buddhism – Why am I a Buddhist“? My Christian values, the moral life I got from there, combined with my drive for personal development, made me find a home in Buddhism. The 5 percepts of Buddhism fit in with my moral life and the idea of helping others, to gain happiness and wisdom, is something that you should share with everyone. Buddhism, and of course other religions, let you do that. However, Buddhism is more of a “way of life” for me rather than a “strict religious view”. Please read the article on my other blog and leave a comment. Curious to hear what you think! Love and Kindness Volker

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Refocusing?

I am very quiet at the moment, not really my way normally. Haven’t used twitter for a day and getting bored of Facebook too. No, am not depressive, just the opposite. I tried explaining that a few months ago about going from one island to another. But my Buddhist friend who I write a blog with about Buddhism and Management said I should focus on settling down on one island and then explore that one. “You cannot be on the move all the time”. And, of course I am not. I am more than happy where I am but I have some thoughts about a new angle of personal development. You remember about the Prince and the Magician? Exactly, the refocus, the idea of seeing things from a different angle. Not believing everything you see. What is happening? To be honest – nothing has happened, I am still me and still happy where I am. But, I was thinking about more inner personal development, more about how to integrate Buddhism into my daily life and work. And, I am in the process of putting together a new theoretical approach to it. From Thursday I am planning to visit a new

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Buddhist Thoughts

Buddhist Thoughts for the 23rd of September: A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden. – Buddha

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Karma

I had a lot of Buddhist and spiritual thoughts this weekend. As you know I write another blog which is like an email exchange with a good friend: Balamadana. Today I wrote in response to Marcelo about Karma. There is not much happening today on a very slow, rainy Sunday. I was having diner and drinks with a good friend last night and we bought a new kettle today. But that is about as interesting as my weekend got. Besides I digged up half of the garden, so we are making progress. Have a good “rest weekend”. Volker

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Time – Bank Holiday Weekend :-)

I have been quiet the last couple of days. Mainly because I have started to think about a lot of things. Some are directly related to my work and life that for obvious reasons I would not like to share here đŸ˜‰ Nothing to worry about of course. However, there are some other thoughts on life that I am more than happy to share, it is my conversation with Marcelo, my Buddhist friend and ex monk on our Buddhist and Management Blog. Maybe you have some input on our thoughts. Also, as a frequent flyer I am concerned with the safety of flights after the Madrid accident. Unfortunately those things happen and one should probably not think about it. But, it also naggs on me for some reason. So, I am taking this bank holiday weekend off from all obligations and will be back as normal next week. Have a good one, Volker

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