What is caring about ourselves, and what is caring about others?National Museum of Korea, Public Domain

Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN: Take Care! – Dharma Note, February 2023

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  Some time ago, somebody asked if we should take care of ourselves first, or if we should care for others first. Often we hear Buddhist quotes like “first get enlightened, then help all other beings”. Should we really care about…
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Jan Sendzimir JDPSN: Where is Home? (Dharma Note)

Inka Speech, September 03, 2022*   Home is Not Home. Not Home is Home! (Hit) No Home. No not home! (Hit) Home is Home. Not Home is not-home, which one of these statements is correct? KATZ! Bright faces shine in the morning light.   Where…
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Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN: What is that? (Wild Ducks) – Dharma Note

  There is a well-known story from China about Zen Master Ma Jo (Mazu in Chinese) and his famous student Baek Jang (Paichang in Chinese). Ma Jo lived in the 8th century and was one of the most famous Zen Masters of the Tang dynasty. One…
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ZM Dae Kwang: Becoming a Monk is not special: It is a Kind of Technique (Dharma Note)

  ➾ Deutsche Version This is an excerpt from the Dharma talk given by ZM Dae Kwang at the Vienna Zen Center weekend retreat on July 15, 2022. * I have a question, please. I've heard that you are a monk, and I would like to ask what…
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Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN: Why does the airplane cut the sky in half? (Dharma Note)

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  Recently I was walking through the vineyards in Lower Austria. As I was walking I heard a sound above and when looking up I saw an airplane crossing through the blue sky. I took a picture and walked on. From below, it just looked as…
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Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN: Kwan Seum Bosal! (Dharma Note)

  There is so much violence and conflict going on at the moment. It echoes and screams out of the news and from people’s reports. Unthinkable things suddenly become a bare reality, showing us what human beings are capable of doing.…
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Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN: Try, try, try! (Dharma Note)

  ➾ Download full text One time Zen Master Wu Bong was asked “What is most important? He said ‘to try’”. We often hear and read about this trying, but what does it really mean? A few drops Here is a story about it: One…
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Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN: Painting inside (Dharma Note)

  ➾ Download full text   In these days of the pandemic, there is a strong connection between us humans that can be felt. Of course, on one side we may notice it on a superficial level, but also deep down there is a close bond. We…
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Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN: Death and losing someone (Dharma Note)

  ➾ Download PDF When ‘All Souls' Day is celebrated at the beginning of November (also known as the Day of the Dead), people remember those who have died. In our time of the pandemic, so many people have died over the last two years…
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Knud Rosenmayr JDPSN: The Bull behind the Wall (Dharma Notes)

  ➾ Download PDF It’s horrible what we see and hear about the current condition on this planet. Climate change affecting humans and other beings. We see and hear of sentient beings suffering in different parts of the world, and we…