Nowness: Spiritual Advice from a Swiss-Austrian Zen Buddhist

Vanja Palmers was born in Vienna in 1948 as the son of an Austrian industrialist family. After studying economics in Zurich, he seemed destined for a career as a successful businessman. In 1972, after a psychedelic experience, he encountered Zen Buddhism.

Of all the things he said in this video, this is what resonated with me and I hope will resonate with you as well:

Our mind, our consciousness, is constantly enriched by stories and images. It is not necessary that we stop them, but that we do not identify with them. That we do not get attached to them.

We talk about life, we philosophize about life, we comment, but that is not life itself.

If we have any chance at all, then this is our chance. That we become calm. That our … aggressive behavior towards each other slows down or even stops. That we become aware of what we are and what we are doing.

Complement this video with Kamalashila’s guide on how to practice lovingkindness meditation.

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