omhels me

Posted on okt 4, 2018

Twintig monniken en één non, die Eshun heette, hielden meditatie-oefeningen onder leiding van een zenmeester. Eshun zag er aardig uit, ondanks haar kaalgeschoren hoofd en haar eenvoudige kleren. Verscheidene monniken werden in het geheim verliefd op haar.
Eén van hen zond haar een liefdesbrief waarin hij met klem vroeg haar alleen te mogen ontmoeten.
Eshun antwoordde er niet op. De volgende dag hield de zenmeester een lezing voor de groep, en toen die afgelopen was, stond Eshun op. Ze richtte zich tot de schrijver van de brief en zei: ‘Als u werkelijk zoveel van me houdt, omhels me [dan] nú.’


Shoma Morita

Posted on sep 9, 2018

De grondbeginselen van de Morita-therapie:

  • accepteer je gevoelens
  • doe wat je moet doen
  • ontdek je levensdoel

Shoma Morita was boeddhist in de naikan-traditie en psychiater. Hij ontwikkelde een therapie die gebaseerd is op het levensdoel. Zijn therapie had een grote spirituele invloed in Japan.


zelfonderzoek in de naikan-traditie

Posted on sep 8, 2018

1.Wat heb ik van persoon x ontvangen?
2.Wat heb ik aan persoon x gegeven?
3.Welke problemen heb ik voor persoon x veroorzaakt?

Door dit (zelf)onderzoek wijzen we niet langer anderen aan als oorzaak van onze frustraties en doorgronden we onze eigen verantwoordelijkheid.


Buddhist Film Festival Europe @EYE Amsterdam: 28,29 & 30 september

Posted on sep 8, 2018

The theme for BFFE 2018 will be ‘Radical Presence’.

Angel Kyodo Williams will visit the festival and there will be a special focus on women. Check for updates about the opening film, the program and the special event on the website of BFFE 2018!

In the 13th Buddhist Film Festival Europe, under the direction of Babeth M. VanLoo, Buddhism, film, art and culture are brought together. This heart-warming meeting of people who are inspired by a careful selection of spiritual films, panels and art, will take place again this year in the beautiful space of the film museum EYE. Nothing gives more energy than feeling connected to a community of inspiring filmmakers and film-lovers in such a perfect location.

The Buddhist Film Festival Europe (BFFE) is a unique showcase for films and projects, panels and art that highlights the Buddhist culture of training in non-violence and altruism. For more than ten years, we have contributed with films and speakers to the growth of mindfulness, aiming at the creation of a more compassionate society.

The BFFE desperately needs your support to keep organising this special festival over and over again without a structural subsidy.

Join the BFFE membership community @

alles ineen

Posted on aug 16, 2018

When we discover the Buddha that we are, we realize that everything and everyone is Buddha. … When we regard thoughts and emotions with humor and openness, that’s how we perceive the universe.

Pema Chödrön


sri ramana maharshi

Posted on aug 15, 2018

What is there essentially is the Self, the reality in which appears you and the world. And so long as you imagaine that you’re in a body looking at the world you’re going to suffer. … Once you get rid of the person inside who looks outside at something, then you find your own natural state. [47:19]

Documentary on the great Indian sage Sri Ramana Maharshi. Released publicly on 25th May 2018. If you enjoyed the film donations can be made via to fund future productions.


good for nothing

Posted on aug 14, 2018

The first time I heard this English expression, “good for nothing,” I was living in Massachusetts. One summer, to support our practice, we worked for a farmer harvesting blueberries. There were some high school students working there too, as a summer job during their vacation. There was a part of the field were another kind of berries were growing, called dogberries. The students were not very careful, so sometimes they mixed dogberries in with the blueberries. The farmer was always shouting: “Stop picking those good-for-nothing dogberries!”

I really liked this expression, “good for nothing,” and I thought, “What’s the difference between those good-for-nothing berries and the blueberries?” Dogberries are not edible, but they are pretty. Blueberries are pretty, too, but they are also edible, so they have market value. That means they’re “good for something.” Dogberries have no market value so we consider them “good for nothing.”

But when we put aside our human evaluation, then blueberry and dogberry are the same. They are both pretty and just live to continue their lives. So I thought, dogberries are good but for nothing. That’s why I translated Sawaki Roshi’s expression that way: “Zazen is good for nothing.” To me, this means zazen is good—but not for something. It is good in itself. I think this is very important. It is the same as what Bodhi-dharma said when the Emperor Wu told him he [the emperor] had helped Buddhism by creating hundreds of temples and monasteries and asked what karmic rewards he could expect. Bodhidharma said, “No merit at all.”

Shohaku Okumura


the world is your mind

Posted on aug 13, 2018

All that you are attached to, all that you love,
all that you know, someday will be gone.

Knowing this, and that the world is your mind
which you create, play in, and suffer from,
is known as discrimination.

Discriminate between the Real and the Unreal,
the known is unreal and will come and go.
So stay with the Unknown, the Unchanging, the Truth.

Papaji (Sri Sat Guru Harilal Poonjaji)