Every Wednesday for English speakers at 19:30 at the BEWO Bonn&Rhein-Sieg office:
The path to enlightenment and meditation practice are one
Consciousness and direct experience cannot be separated from each other.
We can read everything about correct swimming techniques while sitting at the beach and still refuse to get into the water.
Therefore everything we believe to know about swimming is an illusion until we make the decision to trust ourselves to the ocean.
Likewise we cannot enter the spiritual experience via reading or education.
Mystical experiences are not accessible through writings but by diving into Zazen practice (sitting meditation).
The swimmer might read books about swimming but experiences himself mainly through the act of swimming.
For spiritual experiencing the act of ‘surrendering to the ocean‘ is the practice of meditation.
Concepts, beliefs and convictions do not give access to the mystical experience and our attachment to those form blockages that prevents realization.
Zen is the art of not-judging, not rejecting or adding anything. To recognize being, the Buddha-nature of all things, it is required to surrender all attachment to ideas and beliefs.
When we let go of our limiting ideas space is realized for unlimited experience to enter.
Like this, we can realize the ground of being of all phenomena.
Buddhism ist not a Religion or belief system, but a method of self-realization.
As such we go beyond ideas of „I“ or „You“. We recognize ourselves beyond identity. Thus we go beyond suffering, since suffering is only experienceable through identity.
The Zen Buddhist school is open to everyone.
Various methods of realization will be transmitted and practiced, the sharing of practical experiences, Dharma talks and reflection are allowed to happen within in the group context.