Saturday, January 31, 2015

Five simple essentials you need for daily grooming

In the past, grooming was a taboo for men. Men are supposed to be rough and tough but sexy at the same time. But how can he gets that?? Well, I guess if we look at the cowboy, of course in picture, he looks perfect. But in real life, I would imagine, if he did not groom, it would sting and would piss any lady away - my assumption. And recently, I read from Tom Ford tips that men does not need any deodorant. Smell is Sexy. I would agree with his fashion statement and appreciate for his talent in design, no question. But what the hell a man without Deodorant. So weird to read that. Well, anyway maybe only his satire tips. A simple daily grooming is essential for modern guy - I mean not to make-up or anything much like lady do. We are men, we have different nature to what is overdo and what is not.

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Karmic Management: What Goes Around Comes Around in Your Business and Your Life by Geshe Michael Roach, Lama Christie McNally and Michael Gordon

The book gives a good overview about the principles connected to Karma and how to apply these for business life. What I like is some really practical advice and different milestones how to change business behavior and attitude so that these Karmic principles can work. BUT, there is one big issue I can not agree on and have a different understanding of Karma than the authors. From what I learned so far about Karma, it is the principle of cause and effect, which can work rather quickly and immediate after applying, but it must not always bring straight away "results" as kind of promised by the authors. From my understanding Karma also means that the karmic results can come later in life or in another life to come. That means, in my opinion, that the book is heading into the wrong direction. For some of the practical ideas, I can recommend a reading, but not for their to simple view on the principle of Karma. Some careful reading is necessary and also some reading with a pre knowledge on the issue of Karma.

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Dong Xuan Center Berlin

One of our favorite places in Berlin is the Dong Xuan Center. Huge vietnamese market halls, where we like to go to buy asian food and always enjoy a nice meal at one of the original vietnamese restaurants. When going there, it feels and smells a little bit like being in Southeast Asia. Also nice to see all the little shop with their small Buddha shrines and especially when they open in the morning the smell of incense.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

Berlin Top 10 Sightseeings

Berlin, berlin, we go to Berlin: ‘Berlin, Berlin, wir fahren nach Berlin.’ That is the famous phrase among football fans in Germany sing especially during the football season either it is World Cup, UEFA Champion league or the local German league Bundesliga. When we hear ‘Berlin’ all memories of the fall of Berlin Wall come to our mind. It was already 25 years ago. But let’s us keep the better past at one side and look and live with the present and hope for a better future.

Berlin is changing its face since fall of Berlin Wall. Tourists from all over the world especially young and adventurists are coming to this capital city. The number of visitors from year to year is steadily increasing. Since 2013, more than 10 millions visitors are arriving in Berlin alone. Berlin is one of the most attractions place in Germany beside Bayern Munich and Hamburg. New hotels, hostels, shopping departments, stores, tourist agents and all related service are growing in Berlin even it is in the middle of world economic crisis. However, comparing to other European destinations, Berlin is known as Cheap but Chick. That means Berlin has many great places to see and do but the average cost of expense in Berlin is cheaper than others. Let alone there are many offers in Berlin for restaurants and coffee with good quality of food at a little buck. Of course not at the main tourist attraction caterings. If you go anywhere near main sightseeings, then price is not much cheaper than other big destinations like London, Milan or Paris, for example. But there are a lot of choices of restaurant at the local places where you get a quality food at reasonable price.  

Here are top 10 places you should see or visit especially when the trip takes only a few days. In case you have a longer holiday in Berlin, then the list must be pretty longer. 

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Fearless Death — Buddhist Wisdom on the Art of Dying by Lama Ole Nydahl

For Tibetan Buddhist masters death is not really a mystery, in fact they have even discovered joy and meaning in the dying process. For people living in a western culture this might sound strange, as death is in western societies rather a topic people do not think or talk much about. Death is not part of the society and life for them. But if we open minded and listen to these masters we an learn what will happen and change our view by seeing death as a great chance for spiritual development. Through the book „Fearless Death“ by Lama Ole Nydahl, the reader can benefit from all the teachings Lama Ole Nydahl received from years he has spent with great, realized Buddhist masters. His explanations are enriched by decades of experience guiding modern people through the dying process. This book is an excellent proof that the wisdom of Tibetan masters now lives on in the West. In 1968 Lama Ole Nydahl and his late wife Hannah began training with masters of the Kagyu and Nyingma schools of Tibetan Buddhism in the Himalayas. In 1972, Lama Ole learned the rare meditation practice of conscious dying (Phowa) according to the wishes of his teacher, the great 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Since then he has taught the Phowa practice to over 90,000 people throughout the western world. By giving this practice as a precious gift to his students he is fulfilling the wish of his teachers and is enriching their lives. Helping them to be fearless and be prepared for the unavoidable day of death which for sure will come.We all know, that we are not really afraid of things which we can understand. And the same applies to death. With learning Phowa and the valuable knowledge from this book it is possible for us to transfer fear into confidence and to reach a calm state of mind when facing death.

Some highlights from this book:

  • How to view death as an opportunity for inner development
  • Inner details of the dying process
  • How the mind continues after death
  • How to face death without fear
  • How to help others who are dealing with death
  • Stories about different masters of Tibetan Buddhism who died impressively
I think that for sure, this is one of the best books about the Buddhist understanding and view on death and rebirth. It is written in a fresh, modern style which enables fresh minds with a western culture and background to participate and understand the precious teachings of remarkable Buddhist masters. For the open minded reader this book can for sure have a deep impact.

“This excellent book about death and dying… will be extremely helpful for people to prepare for their own death, and to lose their fear of dying, knowing now that death is just the end of our physical aspects but not of our consciousness… This book could be of great help in daily medical practice in the Western world, where death is still a huge taboo as a result of widespread ignorance. Highly recommended.”

Pim van Lommel, M.D.
Author of Consciousness Beyond Life

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H.H. the 17th Karmapa on how to deal with aggression.

"To deal with someone else's anger or aggression, the best method is simply to meditate on compassion and loving-kindness. Because it seems that the aggression that one experiences from others has to do with not having dealt with one's own consciousness' stream."

Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Let's Try: Vietnamese Delicacy Banh Bao

In Berlin, you have more than enough choices when it comes to Vietnamese food and culture. Thanks to a very large Vietnamese communities - with a population of 20,000 or something - Berlin has much more to offer when it comes to Vietnamese delicacy. But not every Vietnamese cafe and restaurant offers an authentic recipe, choices and of great quality. Many of them I have tried are rather standardized and comfort to the western taste and preference. No reason to blame them. They need customers who can eat their food choices and can make a living out of it. This is the reason why I try to explore very often to find out the best one and show it here. In case you are a cooking and food lover as I am and curious to explore and try something new out, then you might enjoy my blogging here. 

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Abhidhamma Studies - Buddhist Explorations of Consciousness & Time by Venerable Nyanaponika Thera

This book gives valuable insights into the system of philosophical psychology rooted in the twin Buddhist insights of selflessness and dependent origination. This system organizes the entire spectrum of human consciousness, mapping with remarkable rigor and precision the inner landscape of the mind to be crossed through the practical work of Buddhist meditation. Been a thought provoking reading, but this book is not easy to read and needs time, concentration and previous knowledge of Buddhist principles and philosophy.

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The Khmer Rouge and its Consequences

Documentation as Artistic Memory Work 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the Khmer Rouge forces seizing power in Cambodia. When Pol Pot’s ultra-communist henchmen took Phnom Penh, Cambodia’s capital city, few realised this would trigger one of the worst human tragedies of the last century. When the country was liberated
by Vietnamese troops three years, eight months and twenty days later, the Cambodian genocide is estimated to have cost the lives of 1,700,000 people – approximately 21% of the country’s population at that time. The subsequent civil war lasted until nearly the end of the 1990s and turned this South-East Asian kingdom on the Mekong River into one of the world’s poorest countries. It was not until 2007 that a tribunal, supported by the United Nations, began its work of trying senior Khmer Rouge officials for crimes perpetrated during the Pol Pot years.

To exemplify how artists have critically engaged with the process of reappraising Cambodia’s most recent history, this exhibition is showcasing six works, all employing a documentary approach. The exhibition takes works by Cambodian artists Rithy Panh, Khvay Samnang and Vandy Rattana as its point of departure. With their films, videos and photographic works, all three address and explore the responsibility for coming to terms with memory and recent processes of land destruction. Their works are juxtaposed with contributions by German artist Günther Uecker, British-born photographer Tim Page and Singaporean theatre director Ong Keng Sen.

Rithy Panh‘s film „The Missing Picture“ (2013) will be screened daily at 5:25pm in the exhibition.
From 11 am to 5:25 pm a film programme, curated by Nico Mesterharm will be shown.  

An exhibition by the Academy of Arts in cooperation with Meta House Phnom Penh.
Supported by the Society of the Friends of the Academy of Arts, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and ENGAGEMENT GLOBAL on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Best Look of Men Fall 2015

The fashion week for Fall 2015 is almost over. Here is a selection of best of the best look for Menswear for fall 2015. 

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Book Review: Buddhism and Business

Just finished the book „Buddhism and Business“ (Buddhismus und Business) by Meike Herzog. Really enjoyed reading it and like the idea of this book. It is a smart combination of a autobiography and introduction into Buddhism. Written in a modern, honest and open style. Maybe the title is a little bit misguiding, especially if you expect a book on how to apply Buddhism in Business life. But if you see it from a different angle the title is suitable to the content of this book, as Meike Herzog does not only share her biography and insights into Buddhism, she shares as a living example how Buddhism can be part of a modern, western Business professional and how Buddhism can change the view and perspective on life, work and priorities.

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Most likely towards the end of 2015 this  book shall be made available in English.

Morning Quote

A nice quote to start into the day:
"Liberation and enlightenment are a question of endurance and courage."
Lama Ole Nydahl

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Let's Try: Korean Food Stories in Berlin

After the success of sushi in 2000, the Korean cuisine with their diversity and unique flavor is traded by insiders as the "NEXT BIG THING“. Many food blogs and Lifestyle websites covering now very frequently topics like Kimchi, Bibimbab and Banchan.

Just recently another hidden treasure opened its doors in Berlin-Prenzlauerberg. Korean Food Stories a small but excellent lunch and snack place in the heart of Berlin. The concept is concept is simple: Homemade. Healthy. Hearty. Fresh. 

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What is the position of Buddhism on Homosexuality?

"Gays and Lesbians are welcome in my world
In a lot of religions in this world, gays and lesbians are not accepted… from my point of view, and I would say from a Buddhist point of view, gay and lesbian are welcome in my world. I’m happy to see how they love and take responsibility for each other and for their family.
Buddha never said to be gay is not good; to be lesbian is not good.
Buddha only cares about your happiness. God only cares for your happiness. If they do not care about your happiness, what are they talking about?  What is their point?
So don’t be sad, don’t be unhappy if you are gay or lesbian.
In a relationship, it is appreciation of the other that is most important. This is the quality that will bring you happiness… whether you are heterosexual, gay or lesbian.
In some relationships love comes first, deep appreciation comes later; in others appreciation comes first and love comes later. It doesn’t matter as long as you are happy in yourself and happy in your relationship."
(Kalu Rinpoche)

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7 Ultimate Weird Gifts

Some really funny and crazy ideas, maybe you need some inspiration for a outstanding gift. And in fact not only for Christmas, some good ideas for the whole year and different occassions like birthday etc.

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Monday, January 26, 2015

What Makes You Not a Buddhist by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse

"What makes you not a Buddhist“ by Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse is a really good book. I must say, that I enjoyed it very much. In a modern style he explains Buddhism and shows what in the end makes a person a Buddhist or not. Although using this modern style he is clearly focusing on important topics of Buddhism and Buddhist teachings. His modern examples just enrich the teachings and help us, in our modern world to understand them better. By doing so, he does not hesitate to point out controversial issues, as religious extremism or misleading political correctness. The book is fun to read, but even written in this modern style offers a lot to contemplate and think about. Can recommend this book to anyone who is interested in Buddhism, but also to everyone who calls himself a Buddhist.

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Sketches: Biker Jacket

Really talented and cool Designer, like his sketches and Design. Would like to get something to wear designed by this guy.

Finding a different Biker jacket is not really easy at all. Most of the biker jacket available are either black leather jacket. Pretty much the same from one to another. All I wanted for biker jacket is something totally different from what I have seen on the market. Without finding the right one, I can only sketches what I really like and what my future biker jacket would be look like. Hope one day I can sew it on my own or finding something similar to this. The best way, sew it myself. 

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Glimpses of Abhidharma by Chögyam Trungpa

The Abhidharma is a collection of Buddhist scriptures that investigate the workings of the mind and the states of human consciousness. In this book the author discusses the development of ego as it is explained in the Abhidharma. From the Buddhist perspective, the creation of ego is a neurotic process based on fundamental ignorance of our true situation. This book shows how an examination of the formation of ego leads to a realization of confusion and also provides an opportunity to develop real intelligence. A really good book, providing some glimpse on what Abhidharma is all about and lets us understand the working of mind much better.

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Sunday, January 25, 2015

The Great Seal by Lama Ole Nydahl

The Mahamudra text of the 3rd Karmapa, which is a  traditional Tibetan wisdom text, is getting explained by Lama Ole Nydahl in this book. Always a great gift to read this timeless text and to learn about the way and the goal of the Buddhist Diamond Way, who gives a limitless insight into the nature of mind.

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Karmapa’s Swayambhu monastery renovation project

egun this year in earnest, the renovation of the Swayambhu Monastery belonging to HH 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje has already brought great results. Essential works such as the water and wastewater infrastructure have been completed. The roof is now waterproof, which in a country with a monsoon season is a great plus. The monastery is very important and has a venerable history. It was, for example, the place where Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl first met the 16th Karmapa.

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Saturday, January 24, 2015

10 T-Shirts You Must Have

You should check them out, nice collection of cool T-Shirts.

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Mahamudra - The Ocean of True Meaning by H.H. the 9th Karmapa Wangtchug Dordje

Great, ancient text by the 9th Karmapa on Mahamudra (resting in the true nature of mind) and the steps which lead toward Mahamudra, the preliminary practices of Tibetan Buddhism. 

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His Holiness Karmapa Thaye Dorje is a world spiritual leader. Born on 6 May 1983, His Holiness is a Buddhist teacher and ambassador for peace.
His Holiness was 11 years old when he made a dramatic escape from Tibet to India. In 1994, His Holiness was enthroned as the 17th incarnation of the Karmapa, and the leader of the Karma Kagyu lineage – one of the main schools of Tibetan Buddhism.
As the 17th Karmapa, His Holiness holds the precious transmission of unique Buddhist knowledge and methods passed down for nearly 1,000 years by the Kagyu lineage masters.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

Raw Silk Scarf - Organic and Locally Grown

Raw Silk?? What is that?? I guess maybe some of you have ideas of what it is. At least from the silk scarf you may wear. However, the way of it productions, maybe not many people are aware of. It just comes to my mind the nice trip I had a few years ago to a far east, Cambodia. Sound even like the 70-80s of the Vietnam War. Where is the hell is Cambodia?? Well, Cambodia locates in the South-East Asia and bordering to Vietnam, Thailand, and Laos.

When it comes to Scarf, raw silk is one of my all time favorites. I like the roughness of its look but the softness and comfort of its quality. Quite contrary through. 

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New Year’s Course and new Buddha statue in Hamburg

Over 3,500 Diamond Way Buddhists gathered in Hamburg for the New Year’s Course 2014. The program was opened by Lama Jigme Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa’s representative in Europe, and brother of the late Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. Jigme Rinpoche passed on the transmission of Milarepa, a great yogi of ancient Tibet, through an empowerment ceremony, and taught on the Karma Kagyu transmission lineage. Lama Ole Nydahl continued by teaching Mahamudra, the practice of highest enlightened view. He also meditated with his students and answered their questions. Celebrating New Year’s Eve with his students, Lama Ole also read his annual New Year’s letter and gave the Bodhisattva promise, a vow to develop and work for the benefit of others.

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The Torch of Certainty by Jamgon Kongtrul

What a fantastic and precious book! It describes the Four Foundations or preliminary practices that all practitioners of Vajrayana Buddhism must complete. The nature of impermanence, the effects of karma, the development of an enlightened attitude, and devotion to the guru are among the subjects treated in this book. Think this book should be a must read for everyone practicing Ngondro as part of his Buddhist practice

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Good Deals - Save some bucks

Found a great site with some really interesting Deals, Coupon Codes and Savings, especially for Men. Savings on Fashion, Accessiories and Gadgets.

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Phnom Penh: Highlights

I am just back in Berlin. The temperature is freezing cold. At night it falls down to -3 degree, very much contrast to my short holiday in Cambodia. Over there, it was almost all the time of my stay over 30 degree. Cambodia has a tropical weather though. The monsoon divides the country into two main seasons, summer and autumn. A short period of winter alike, between Novembers to January, even though not really a winter to westerners, the temperature could fall between 20 and 26 degree. So far I have read and understood from many guidebooks.

With the population of about 2 millions, Phnom Penh could become another congestion city like the neighboring countries in Bangkok, Saigon or Hanoi. Unlike the last 15 years, Phnom Penh was rather a quiet and peaceful city with less traffic and population. There are not many big roads, but full load of loud, horning cars and motorbikes. The traffic accident rate is pretty high. The sidewalk is clearly small and often occupied by the street shops and parking lots. Not really a chance for pedestrians to walk easily.

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A Concise Lojong Manual by Könchok Yenlak the 5th Shamarpa

A great, little book. This condensed presentation of the Lojong ("mind training") maxims and explanations is a practical companion book, written by the 5th Shamarpa whose teacher was the 8th Karmapa and who was the root Lama of the 9th Karmapa. Very impressive, precise teachings. Really enjoyed reading them and also liked the pocket style of the book. Nice idea to enable people through the size of the book to carry these timeless teachings easily around with them to ponder and contemplate about them.

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Celebrating today our 6th anniversary

Time really is running, today 6 years ago we decided to become a couple and to share our lives. Now we are already six years together, but every day is a gift and something I do not want to miss.


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Ultimate quietness holiday in Cambodia - Kep

Kep is where three elements meet hills, seaside and island. A tropical paradise for holidaymaker who wants to escape from busy city life but still have a chance to enjoy Pinacolada or sex on the beach. The very small town at seaside of Cambodia is very appealing to me when I want to disconnect the outside world

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The Miraculous 16th Karmapa by Norma Levine

What to write about this book, as I have some different views on this book? What I like are the impressive stories of people meeting the late 16th Karmapa, for this the book is inspiring, but only to a certain degree. But somehow I feel not good about the comments on the Karmapa conflict and the huge amount of missing experiences of people who had remarkable encounters with the late 16th Karmapa and who have no voice in this book. There is a big gap by ignoring these people and their precious experiences. By assembling the stories for this book and considering this book as a project to honor the late 16th Karmapa the editor has missed a big chance to create a unique voice to honor the 16th Karmapa. But through excluding certain people it has not reached its potential and is a one side view. The publisher missed a big chance and through this ignorance is even not really honoring the amazing life and work of H.H. the 16th Karmapa. I feel somehow not really good of how this collection was created and can not really recommend this book to people who would like to get a complete and neutral impression of people who share their encounters with the 16th Karmapa. I read it, but it left a difficult to define and not pleasant aftertaste.

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Morning quote to start the day with

"In separateness lies the world's greatest misery; in compassion lies the world's true strength."

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tranquility of Cambodia - Kampot

Tranquility is a word I have for Kampot. It is a small city in the southwest of Cambodia – where the sea borders to Gulf of Thailand.  There are three famous things for local Khmer when speaking of Kampot – Kampot Pepper – Durian – and Seafood. Kampot pepper is one of the most delicate peppers in the world. The aroma and intensive taste of Kampot pepper makes it standing out of the competition of the normal economical pepper. 

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A Profound Mind. Cultivating Wisdom in Everyday Life by H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

Enjoyed reading this book as it is a modern and fresh introduction into Buddhism. Like the modern style it is written in and the good explanation of basic Buddhist principles and teachings.

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Buddhist Thai blessing bracelet

Nice Red Thai Blessing bracelet, which arrived from
Really nice, they are handmade, waxed, of really good quality and were blessed by Buddhist monks in Thailand.