Saturday, February 28, 2015

Nice quote on religion

„No religion is more important than human happiness." But keep in mind, human happiness does not only mean your own happiness, but includes also the happiness of all those around you...

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Buddhist Fasting Practice: The Nyungne Method of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig

One of my all time favorites books is "Buddhist Fasting Practice: The Nyungne Method of Thousand-Armed Chenrezig“ by Wangchen Rinpoche. One of these seldom books which make me sad with every page I am turning, as I come closer to an end, reading slower so that I have more days left to read it. This book left a very deep impact on me and is one of the few books I read over and over again. The Tibetan Buddhist practice of Nyungne has been gaining increased attention in Buddhist centers in the West. Participants say the practice purifies them both physically and spiritually. This book is really a outstanding and comprehensive treasure on these powerful teachings.  Nyungne is a profound, two-and-a-half-day practice, a length of time especially helpful for people whose schedules cannot accommodate long-term retreat. It involves the keeping of strict vows; the second day is devoted to complete silence and fasting. The meditation centers on the recitations, mantras, and guided visualizations of the Thousand-Armed Chenrezig, the embodiment of all the buddhas’ loving-kindness and compassion. Translated as “abiding in the fast,” Nyungne is said to be effective in the healing of illness, the nurturing of compassion, and the purification of negative karma.

More on this special book: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1559393173/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1559393173&linkCode=as2&tag=mentretod05-20&linkId=7EM4MXM6LOAAFOOF



Friday, February 27, 2015

Intoxination with technology

Nice quote, something worth to contemplate about. I like the part "If you are always intoxicated with technology..." Really makes me ponder, when seeing people sitting together on a table but instead talking with each other focusing on their smartphones. Or people walking around in the city, not noticing what is happening around them, but having only their eyes on their smartphone. Causes me also to think about my own smartphone addicted behaviour...

"If you are easily shaken or easily affected by your emotions.
If you are always happy then sad, up then down, never stable.
If you have a very distracted mind.
If you are always intoxicated with technology or other people or emotions or substances.

These are the signs that you haven't mastered your mind.
You can master your mind through a very gentle, very "hang loose" meditation practice.
How ever much you can, every single day, even for a short time.
Don't believe me? Try it."

Kyabgön Phakchok Rinpoche​


Why I decided to become a Vegetarian

Since Sunday I did some further changes to my nutrition. I decided to become Vegetarian. Don’t worry, I will not try to convince any of my friends to stop eating meat or start posting like crazy about this topic. It is a personal, individual decision, if someone wants to eat meat or not. Right now in my personal development I just reached a level, where for me personally it just feels not right and good anymore to eat meat. I have different reasons for making this decision and just would like others to respect my decision same as I respect their freedom to eat whatever they want.

"Protecting life is naturally engaging in respecting animal rights, human rights, protecting the environment, and so on. If everyone were to respect all lives and were to protect them, there would be no famine, no outbreak of animal plague and bird flu; there would be peace, health, longevity, prosperity, and happiness in the world. These days vegetarianism is gaining in popularity and I’m happy for that. I personally think it is a sign of some kind of positive trend in the world for greater peace, happiness, and spiritual understanding.“

Wangchen Rinpoche, from the Book "Buddhist Fasting Practice“ http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1559393173/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1559393173&linkCode=as2&tag=mentretod05-20&linkId=7EM4MXM6LOAAFOOF


Thursday, February 26, 2015

Guru Shop in Berlin

When it comes to Indian food and shopping, Berlin might be the best place in Germany to get anything you wants Indian. Either incents, basmati rice, or sari, you can get almost everything at the heart of this German capital. The similarity also exists for neighboring countries like Nepal or Tibet. There are many shops in berlin, which offers this. For textiles, accessories and Interior design – Guru Shop in Berlin – has offered a wide selection of what you are looking for.

Locate and established at the heart of German capital, Berlin, Guru shop exists for more than 15 years now. Starting from something at a very small scale from Indian cushion to incent – now Guru has extended to 2 branches. One is at the Pappelalle in Pranlauerberg and the second branch along Bergmannstraße in Kreuzberg.

To read more:  http://www.mentrendtoday.com/guru-shop-berlin.html


Nice quote on Endurance

"Endurance is one of the most difficult disciplines, but it is to the one who endures that the final victory comes." 

Photo taken at a Indian and Singaporean restaurant in Berlin, Germany

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nepal in Berlin

As it is always nice and thrilling to explore new cultures, their art work and traditions one way to do so is to find and explore shops who sell items from far away countries. In Berlin we are blessed with all kind of shops of these kind. One of them is the Tara Nepal Bazar in Berlin-Schöneberg. 

In the courtyard of a nice Tibetan Nepalese restaurant you can find this shop. When entering the shop, it feels a little bit like entering a foreign country. Nepalese or Buddhist music is playing and the smell of incense is in the air. Nicely arranged and decorated you can find there new but also antique Buddha Statues, Buddhist ritual items, Buddhist Thangka paintings, a big choice of incense but also Tibetan Himalaya teas.

To read more:  http://www.mentrendtoday.com/tara-nepalese-shop.html



Nice Book covers

Received a beautiful handmade gift. Book covers for my folder with meditation texts and a smaller cover for my small meditation booklets.
Really like the design and quality. Great gift!

To get your own or find out about other nice designs, check out:
http://www.heng-fashion.com



Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Breakfast in Kreuzberg: Charlies Asian Bakery and Coffee

The district of Kreuzberg is famous for a great mixture of international. Pub, club, coffee, bakery, and artist gallery are everywhere. It matches quite well to the Berlin slogan 'Cheap but Chick'. Since my move last year to Berlin, I have been a few times to Kreuzberg but mostly during either football match to my fan pub or evening time for dinner. First time for me at the weekend, Sunday morning for breakfast in Kreuzberg. The street is quite a contrast. It is pretty quiet short before 12pm lunch or brunch time. But look like everyone is in bed and tired of the party night out. Maybe I'm right. I am surprised to see the street is quiet but when you go inside the coffee place, there are crowd of people coming for breakfast.

This time I want to try out a coffee and bakery place recommended by a friend of mine - Charlies - a bakery and coffee place. The nice thing I heard of this place is its sandwich - of course a Vietnamese one. That's why I am here. Well, I try to narrow down my food section here to focus more on Asian and oriental recipe as I find out that there are similar blog in Berlin who already focus on German and european food. So in the coming articles you will see a lot of places in Berlin with Asian menu, middle east,  or African one and of course from time to time European too.

To read more: http://www.mentrendtoday.com/charlies-asian-bakery-and-coffee.html



Picture of the Day: Pink Flamingos

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Is Understanding Fear Beneficial?

An article by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje is the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism

Fear. We all experience it.

We might feel anxious about our loved ones, our self-esteem, growing old, or even dying. Or we might read the news, see stories of violence, tragedies on India's roads or railways, details of the latest health scare.

What we fear varies according to who we are as individuals, and the environment we live in. In a society driven by competition, we might be fearful of not keeping up with our peers, our neighbours, or colleagues. In a culture driven by the accumulation of material wealth, we might fear the feeling of not having 'enough', or not having as much money as others.

Such fears are extremely common. The good news is that experiencing fear is not a bad thing - it means that you are alive. But being overwhelmed by fear is something different.

Fear in Buddhism


Buddha himself, before he reached Enlightenment, experienced fear like everyone else. He, too, feared growing old, falling ill, and dying. But he realised that fear is like a self-fulfilling prophecy - without understanding the cyclic nature of this world, that which we fear will keep on repeating itself.

To read the full article at The Huffington Post India go to:
http://www.huffingtonpost.in/his-holiness-karmapa-thaye-dorje/is-understanding-fear-ben_b_6734704.html

His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

Monday, February 23, 2015

Buddhawerkstatt Tsa Tsa Shop

Sometimes friends and in fact not only Buddhist friends, ask me for recommendations where to buy Buddhist „accessories“ or as a Buddhist would say Dharma items and products. My first choice when answering such questions is the Tsa Tsa Shop of the Buddhawerkstatt in Bochum. In case you around Bochum you can make an appointment to visit them, the shop and the beautiful Stupa they have. And of course they have a reliable online shop which is already fun to visit online and to go through the vast amount of really nice items they have in stock and for sale. Nearly impossible to list and mention here the hundreds of products they offer. A huge choice of Tsa Tsa’s, in fact so far I know the online shop with the biggest choice of Tsa Tsa’s worldwide. Beside this different kind of practice items, many of them already blessed by high Lamas, incense, Tormas, Stupas, special and handmade aprons for Mandala offerings, candles, meditation cushions, Malas, treasure vase, amulets and so much more. From many items they sell a part or even the complete amount is donated to a charity project which is doing a lot of good for the people in chinese occupied Tibet. To bad that the shop is only in German, but they ship internationally and offer a good service, you can contact them by email in English with the items you are interested in and would like to order. They are very helpful and friendly.

Here is the Link to their online shop: https://www.1a-shops.eu/cgi-bin/shopserver/shops/s001418/index.cgi






What you are aiming for pleasure or bliss?

"There is pleasure and there is bliss. Forgo the first to possess the second."

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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Fireworks, Prayers Usher In Chinese New Year

Across Asia, fireworks and firecrackers ushered in the Lunar New Year on Thursday.

Dragon and lion dancers performed in bustling and noisy Chinatowns in Southeast Asian capitals, where ethnic Chinese trooped to temples to burn incense sticks and offer prayers.

The Year of the Sheep, known variably as the Year of the Goat or Ram, is celebrated during the seven-day holiday, which started Wednesday. Unlike the previous Year of the Horse, which was generally considered to be an auspicious time, this year, according to some astrologists, would bring a volatile economy, more transport accidents and windy natural disasters.

To read more and watch some videos: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/02/19/chinese-new-year-2015_n_6712624.html?ncid=newsltushpmg00000003


Saturday, February 21, 2015

What is the meaning of the eternal knot symbolism in Buddhism?


The endless knot or eternal knot is a symbolic knot and one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols. It is an important cultural marker in places significantly influenced by Tibetan Buddhism. It is also sometimes found in Chinese art.

The endless knot has been described as "an ancient symbol representing the interweaving of the Spiritual path, the flowing of Time and Movement within That Which is Eternal. All existence, it says, is bound by time and change, yet ultimately rests serenely within the Divine and the Eternal.

Various interpretations of the symbol are:
- The eternal continuum of mind.
- The endless knot iconography symbolised Samsara i.e., the endless cycle of suffering or birth, death and rebirth within Tibetan Buddhism.
- The inter-twining of wisdom and compassion.
- The union of wisdom and method.
- Since the knot has no beginning or end it also symbolizes the wisdom of the Buddha.
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New Khmer Website on Fashion and Style

For all our Cambodian friends, please check out this new Fashion and Style Website in Khmer. As we are a German / Cambodian couple we really like to support this project and would love to get your suport for this website. Please share it with your friends. Please check it out.

http://www.stylecambodia.com

Friday, February 20, 2015

Safeguarded against WebRTC: Steganos Online Shield VPN still protects real IP-addresses

• WebRTC reveals home IP-address and location
• Steganos Online Shield VPN stays fully operative
• WebRTC protection activated with one click only



It was revealed earlier that Mozilla Firefox as well as Google’s Browser Chrome let out users’ real IP-addresses despite activated VPNs. Developer Daniel Roesler names the implementation of WebRTC as reason for this security flaw. With Steganos Online Shield VPN the VPN tunnel stays protected against WebRTC: Internet users can still cover up their real IP-addresses and locations by using the VPN-tool developed by German Software company Steganos.

WebRTC: A threat to the local network and IP-address safety
WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) enables real-time communications in certain browsers. Using a simple JavaScript, these browsers allow some services that offer features such as phone calls or video-chats to communicate directly with one another without any plug-in. Thereby, they make requests to STUN servers (Session Traversal Utilities for NAT) which are sent over all available adapters in the computer and make it possible for websites to log users’ local and WAN-IPs. Usually VPNs send all traffic through VPN tunnels. As the ‘normal’ route over the standard gateway is not deleted, if the default setting in the OpenVPN configurations is set, it can be used to make these STUN requests and reveal the real IP-address.

Steganos Online Shield VPN stays in full working order
The VPN-tool of Steganos offers an easy solution to block WebRTC in Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox: The real IP-address stays hidden, because the route over the standard gateway during the VPN connection gets deleted. WebRTC-protection can be activated with only one click directly in the software’s settings. As long as the protection in Steganos Online Shield VPN is active, there is no possibility to log the real IP-address via WebRTC.

A test of your own connection can show its vulnerability
Every Internet user can find out if their VPN connection is secure within seconds. Therefore, a visit of the following website is recommended: https://diafygi.github.io/webrtc-ips/

It depends on you...

"I have shown you the methods which lead to freedom, but you should know that its achievement depends on you."
Buddha Shakyamuni


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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Gear: Bike Edition

Great itesm to start into the new bike season...


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Chinese New Year sweets in Berlin

Of course we do not really celebrate Chinese New Year in Germany, but still was fun to surprise my colleagues in the office with some tradtional New Year sweets... Some new taste for them, especially the Durian sweets... ;-)


What are Tsa Tsas?

Tsa tsas are sacred images that have been made by Tibetan Buddhists for hundreds of years as part of their meditation practice. The making, offering, and sponsoring of tsa tsas is a powerful means of dispelling obstacles to one's practice and well-being.

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

New Year Dinner ;-)

My husband surprised me tonight with a really nice traditional Cambodian Chinese New Year dinner... One of many advantages of being a multi cultural couple, we can celebrate a few times New Year. ;-)


Losar Tashi Delek!

Losar Tashi Delek!
Happy Tibetan New Year!
and
Happy Chinese New Year!
Happy Vietnamese New Year! And Happy New Year to all those who also celebrate... ;-) Best wishes, most of all health, happiness, love and prosperity to all of you. 
May all beings have happiness and the cause of happiness.
May they be free from suffering and the cause of suffering.
May they always experience happiness, which is totally free from suffering.
May they remain in the great equanimity, which is without attachment and aversion.

Exploring Swiss Alp - Amden

Swiss Alp is a breathe-taking moment to be there. Most of the Swiss landscape is surrounded by the high latitude which makes Switzerland one of the most adorable country in Europe to visit. Either summer or winter, the Swiss alp has all what you need to do. In winter it is a paradise on earth for ski sports and winter holiday. In summer, it is a heaven for trekking and mountain climbing. You have a lot of choice on how high you wanna go up. 

To read more:  http://www.mentrendtoday.com/amden.html



Quote on the power of the mind

"The mind is the source of happiness and unhappiness."

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Restaurant review: Monsieur Vuong, Berlin

This time I want to try out another Vietnamese restaurant - Monsieur Vuong - a Vietnamese star chef here in the middle of Berlin. I've been in the city for almost a year and heard from friends and colleagues about it - was not really a chance to check it out. Today is the best excuse to come and find out.

The location is great - Berlin Mitte - along Alte Schönhauser Straße which belong to the designer corner and Berlin Häckescher Markt. The entrance is designed like you enter into a theatre. Two fold front door and red curtain.

Coming in, you smell aroma from the kitchen and the feeling of Asian paradise holiday. It's present at the first glance you enter the restaurant. The kitchen is at the left corner of the entrance where you can see how fresh and your dish be prepared. The right side is decorated like a cocktail and exotic bar where all tropical fruits are displayed. The interior design is a mixture of modern and tradition - red orange wall.

Out of curiosity - I am an early bird but too early then the opening time. Well, to be honest, I forget checking out the opening time but just thought, they should be opened by 11.30am. Never mind - they let you in. It is good to see that staff in this restaurant have a chance to get their breakfast before the working hour start. Look like a staff friendly environment. Well, it's visible. Staff are really friendly and customer oriented. Nice job!!! Well, I guess that is what Mr. Vuong wants to present.

So my brunch is Pho Hanoi (7.80€), a classic Vietnamese espresso with ice (3.80€) and a banana putting (4.00€). Complete set. The Pho - to be honest- is the best and well-balanced soup. You don't need any sauce or seasoning extra except I love spicy - which they have well-made fresh chilli sauce with fish sauce. The Vietnamese expresso is consisted of black coffee with condense milk and a few cube of ice. Typically Vietnamese. Banana putting is a great combination of banana, roasted peanut, sesame, coconut milk and vanilla aroma. Nice combination except a bit sweeter than I thought. Fine though.

They have both menu which you can choose from the card or daily offer from the board.

To read more: http://www.mentrendtoday.com/monsieur-vuong.html


Thousand-armed Avalokiteśvara (Chenrezig)

One prominent Buddhist story tells of Avalokiteśvara vowing never to rest until he had freed all sentient beings from samsara. Despite strenuous effort, he realizes that still many unhappy beings were yet to be saved. After struggling to comprehend the needs of so many, his head splits into eleven pieces. Amitabha Buddha, seeing his plight, gives him eleven heads with which to hear the cries of the suffering. Upon hearing these cries and comprehending them, Avalokiteśvara attempts to reach out to all those who needed aid, but found that his two arms shattered into pieces. Once more, Amitabha Buddha comes to his aid and invests him with a thousand arms with which to aid the suffering multitudes.


Monday, February 16, 2015

Up-Cycling in Berlin: O.K Versand

I happen to encounter this shop after lunch walking. I know there are some enough upcycling or recycling shops in Berlin. But I did not have a chance to get to know them. This time I did. Here at O.K Versand (literally mean mail order) - in the Hackerscher Markt designer area - on the Alte Schönhauser street.

It catches my attention when I saw a metal bowl soup at front display - something from the 1980s and a left over of a war-torn country - and of which remind me of my Cambodian grandmother. I feel all of the sudden that I have to dig it deep and look inside. Oh my God. I cannot believe this. Not just the bowl soup I see at the front display but there are many things to rewind my childhood memories. Something which does not exist anymore in Asian culture due to globalisation and young generation use anything westernisation products and design including me.

Many stuff here are mostly from South East Asian region and Africa. The dinner mattress - which is used as a floor in many Asian countries when you have family lunch or dinner - are also sold it here. They have both recycle and upcyle products here. These products are mostly sold in the original region as a typically local used materials - not for export oriented concepts - and I do not expect anything like this to be sold in our western shopping. But seem there are enough fan otherwise they would not have a shop in the middle of designer corner. There are many things interesting to see here if you are interested in Asian or African culture. Very recommended.  Go and check it out !!!

To read more: http://www.mentrendtoday.com/ok-up-cycling-shop.html


Weekend Coffee and Cake: Lotus Lounge

Another nice coffee and cake at the weekend to explore in Berlin. There are plenty in Berlin. But when it comes to convenience and comfort - especially at weekend- I go to a place where I feel absolutely almost like home. Such a place I would like to come from time to time.

Lotus Lounge is in the district of Chalottenburg and somewhere in the direction to Berlin Spandau. It is a coffee shop belong to the buddhist group, Rigpa Center. Don't worry. It open to public and everyone is welcomed.

It is quite easy accessible with S-bahn Westend - 10 minutes walk or less. The location is quiet and no one really notice if you do not know any buddhist friends or used to be there before. It is quite not visible to public. When you enter from the main entrance, it is at the backside.

They have a good choice of cake and coffee with a nice and warm welcome atmosphere. Attached to the coffee place is a shop - for buddhism and literature. Don't be bothered by that if you are not a buddhist. The place offers a nice range of vegan, vegetarian and normal small brunch like, coffee and cake. At late spring or summer time, the outdoor terrace is a place you can enjoy the sun and delicious coffee and cake. The cake recipe is seasonal but whatever they offer, you gonna enjoy it.

Above the coffee place is the Rigpa Buddhist center where members come for meditation and lecture. The golden Buddha statue inside the building is the largest one I have ever seen here in Germany if not in Europe.

To read more: http://www.mentrendtoday.com/lotus-lounge.html


Sunday, February 15, 2015

Naga paintings exhibition in Berlin

Some photo impressions from todays visit of a exhibition of Naga paintings by Wolf Kahlen at the Ruin of Art in Berlin, Germany. Only by knowing a little of the context, background and meaning of these paintings one will see them totally differently.


What is a Bumpa?

The bumpa or pumpa, is a ritual vase with a spout used in Tibetan Buddhist rituals and empowerments. It is understood to be, in some contexts, the vessel or the expanse of the Universe.

There are two kinds of bumpa: the tso bum, or main vase, and the le bum or activity vase.


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What is Vajra pride?

Sometimes I notice that Buddhists use the term „Vajra Pride“ to justify their concept of one Buddhist lineage or school being superior or better compared to another one. In the following a nice quote on this misinterpretation of the term Vajra Pride:

„Vajra pride does not mean pride from the point of view of thinking with conceit that one is greater than others. That is ordinary pride. Rather Vajra pride recognizes that one indeed embodies all the perfect qualities of the perfect deity naturally and inherently. This is called stability of Vajra pride.“

From the Book „Buddhist Fasting Practice“ by Wangchen Rinpoche. In fact one of my all time favorites and one of the view most precious books I ever read.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

Picture of the Day: Rooftop Sunrise

Sunsrise in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Boy, what do I miss to be there and to see the beautiful sunrises I experienced in this wonderful country. Hope to travel there sometime soon again.

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Historical Sites Recall When Kazakhstan Was Buddhist

Kazakhstan today is a mostly Muslim country, but the Silk Road that crossed it was an important conduit for religions, including Buddhism, and some of Kazakhstan’s historic carvings and monuments are neither Muslim nor animist, but homages to Buddhas, bodhisattvas and the monks who carried their teachings from India and China across the Eurasian landmass.

Buddhism gained a large following in Central Asia between the second century B.C. up to the coming of Islam to the region around the eighth century, and many of the Turkic peoples living in Kazakhstan adopted it. Though now the Buddhist population of Kazakhstan is small – only about 0.5 percent of the population as of 2007 – the country has the largest number of Buddhists in Central Asia. It is also dotted with remnants of its Buddhist past, particularly in the Zhetysu (“seven rivers”) area of modern-day southeastern Kazakhstan, which includes today’s Almaty oblast and historically extended into Kyrgyzstan.

Within that area are the Tamgaly-Tas (“Stones with Signs”), one of Kazakhstan’s most popular tourist destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cliffs, about 120 kilometres from Almaty, are marked with thousands of rock paintings and carvings dating from the Bronze Age onward. Among the hunting scenes and animal figures are carvings of the Buddha, Buddhist mantras in Sanskrit and pictures of important Buddhist teachers.

Read full article at: http://www.astanatimes.com/2015/02/historical-sites-recall-kazakhstan-buddhist/

Buddhism is simple

"In Buddhism, everything is about making things simple, so that they can be applied in our everyday life."

Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

Happy Valentines Day

Wish you all a Happy Valentines Day, with your loved one. May the precious gift of Love always accompany you. 
I am very grateful for this gift in my life.


Friday, February 13, 2015

Let's Try: Entrecote

I have been quite sometimes till now going for lunch at Brot & Salz. It’s quite a walk distance for lunch break and I can have some fresh air to breathe and clear out mind from the morning office stress. Also, they offer the daily menu at rather a good price. A welcome bread and butter –homemade one - a small portion of salad, and the main course for 5.90€. Great price. Isn’t it? It’s a great proportion, which you feel after lunch, you do not feel sleepy.

Different to normal visit at lunch break, I had last night a friend meeting for dinner. Unlike crowded at lunchtime, the dinner is rather a relax atmosphere. Not many quests as I thought -that’s why I made reservation.

As always, the taste is absolutely delicious.  I had Entrecote and for the dessert apple cake. It's basically medium fry beef and potatoes.

More at: http://www.mentrendtoday.com/brotsalz-dinner.html


Picture of the Day: Königssee

Water is clear as mirror, the air is fresh like no other -that's what you gonna experience when you visit Königssee, one of the hot spot attraction in South of Germany bordering to Austria. The corner has so many nature attraction for tourists coming from over the world. If you are here, try the smoked fish at the Königsee old smoking house along the boat trip. Absolutely memorial trip to this beautiful part on earth.

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Mandala Offering

Mandala offering is a preliminary practice for accumulating merit, in which one symbolically offers the entire universe to the field of merit. The word maṇḍala can be broken into two parts: maṇḍa means the 'essence' or 'centre and circumference' and la means 'taking hold of'. Therefore we can say that mandala means to take hold of the basis or essence for accomplishing all the glorious qualities of the higher realms and the kingdom of Dharma, the sacred truths of cessation and the path.

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Ready for Spring Wardrobe??

In less than 6 weeks, spring will come. It's time to kick the winter out and hope soon enough to bring the metal heavy wardrobe back in the closet. The dark days are almost over. Slowly the beautiful sunrise is before 8am in the morning. Feel pretty much better to wake up and come to work with some light. If lucky enough, on the way, catch the beautiful golden yellow sunrise and that make a day complete. Winter depression is the norm when it is cold and dark and even storm. 

Read more at: http://www.mentrendtoday.com/spring-2015.html


"Like a bird in the vast sky“ by Kalu Rinpoche

Just finished another inspiring book "Like a bird in the vast sky“ (Wie ein Vogel im weiten Himmel) by Kalu Rinpoche. In fact this book is based on lectures which were given by Kalu Rinpoche during his visit of Germany in 1982. It is really a little jewel, especially for those who would like to read a simple but deep introduction to the nature of mind and the way of meditation. Really enjoyed reading it.



Karmapa on the nature of mind

The nature of a tamed mind is like space. When a practitioner’s mind is tamed – he or she is enlightened – the practitioner’s mind, as well as all of its experiences of samsara, both cease to exist, just like a dream.
It is important to notice the words, 'like space,' because space is used here only as an example, and one is not referring to space itself; otherwise it could mislead practitioners into misunderstanding enlightenment as great numbness.

Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje