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Is there no place like home? A 3000 word essay for a chance to win $100,000 for the 2019 NIne Dots Prize.

Dear Friends,

I entered an international competition called the NIne Dots Prize early this year (2019) to write a 3000 word essay on the theme: Is there no place like home? Continue reading 

Are we Nourished or Undernourished? Do we Nourish Others? A Response of The Buddha

Food has a personal, social, political and environment significance.
Yes, we consider what nourishes ourselves and our family.
We can explore further than that to include a range of expressions of what nourishes people, animals and the environment.
Inquiry into a fulfilled way of life explores the social, corporate and political impacts of nourishment for ourselves and others.

The Buddha referred to Four Kinds of Nourishment.

  1. Food nourishes us (all organic 2600 years ago). 
  2. Contact nourishes us, via the senses, supportive memory, depth of friendship and more
  3. Intention/Aspiration nourishes us.
  4. Consciousness (mindfulness, awareness, meditation, clarity, creativity…) nourishes us.
1. Diet
We eat mindfully a nutritious diet with ease.
Mindfulness always refers to external and internal, the world and ourselves. Oneself does not come before the world or vice-versa.
External includes what we eat, what we drink and how it was grown, and its source – plant, dairy, fish, bird or animal.
We eat to live wisely, contentedly and with empathy for our environment.
We live to act, to change the world.
Internal includes mindfulness, amount we eat and manner of eating.
Food/drink goes into our mouth and words come out of our mouth.
The mouth constitute major features of ongoing practice, so we can enjoy and appreciate both directions.
A plant based diet provides us with all the nutriments/protein and all the vitamins that we need. Such a diet releases energy, clarity and supports emotional. mental and physical health.
The dairy/meat industry constantly seeks to undermine the benefits of a vegan diet. Vegans threaten the empire of the food industry and factory farms.
If undernourished through the four other senses, we will probably eat and drink more to compensate.
Food indulgence acts as a poor compensation for lack of development of the other senses.
Development of all five senses contributes to our well-being and fulfilment. The application of mindfulness and meditation to seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting and touching enriches our daily life.
Mindfulness and meditation requires commitment.
2. The Senses
We remember a kind of ‘food’ also comes to us, via our eyes, ears, nose and touch. Beautiful objects for the eyes, sounds for the ears, fragrances for the nose and loving contact and connections for the body nourish our being.
We experience nourishment through memories that offer insights, a depth of learning and understanding to enhance the quality of our life.
We need to be mindful to avoid confusing nourishment with pursuit of comfort, reactive desires and dependency on pleasure.
“Spoil yourself” serves as a marketing strategy to get you to buy something you don’t need.
3.  Intention/Aspirations 
Intentions and aspirations serve as an important component in our emotional/psychological makeup.
Application of wise intentions/aspirations develop our humanity and intimacy of connection with life on Earth.
The recognition of ethical and healthy intentions forms the first step to action.
It requires trust and diligence to apply these intentions even if the consequence seems hard to bear. For example, men and women engage in service to other at risk to themselves. Intentions arise as a major influence on what think, say, write and do. Wise intentions and aspirations contribute to happiness and peace of mind.
4. Consciousness
Consciousness includes a range of meanings. Application in these areas nourish our whole being.
a. to be conscious of, 
b. to be mindful of
c. to meditate upon
d to inquire
e. to create
f. to develop
Wise application of the four areas of nourishment for oneself and others confirm an authentic waking up.

Nshorna, my daughter, has launched a bold initiative to offer Mindfulness to reduce domestic violence. Please donate to her Crowdfunding appeal or Paypal, via her website

Two days ago, Nshorna, my daughter, launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to offer mindfulness courses to vulnerable children, individual and families. Continue reading 

Newspaper report in Reutlingen area, near Stuttgart, Germany of our eco-pilgrimage in August 2019. English translation

Link to News article in German

English translation:

First Eco-Pilgrimage held in Schwabisch Albs*

Reutlingen resident, Ulla König starts preparation this week for the second eco-pilgrimage in the Schwabisch Albs to be held in August 2020.
Fifty adults and 10 children participated in the first 10-day pilgrimage in mid-August in Germany. The pilgrimage took place in the area close to the town of Muensingen.

The eco-pilgrims walked between 12 and 25 kilometres daily through the forests and on tracks around fields. Participants from around 10 countries came from Germany, UK, France, Israel, Iran, Italy, Holland, Australia, USA, and Hong Kong.

Participants prepared daily a vegan diet, received teachings on mindfulness, meditation and sharing of experiences. They walked in silence and single file.
Ulla Konig and co-teacher, Christopher Titmuss from Totnes, Devon, England, facilitated group discussions on the climate emergency, importance of diet, lifestyle, wise action and service to others.

Ulla said: “We held the pilgrimage to create Agents of Change in our unpredictable world. Christopher led such pilgrimages in the foothills of the Pyrenees for the past 18 years and 10 years before in England and Wales.

The two managers in France were unable to prepare our pilgrimage in 2019 so we switched to the Schwabisch Alps, close to my home. We were delighted with the response.”
Participants have requested that we lead another eco-yatra in 2020 in the local Albs.”

Ulla ordered organic fruit and vegetables from local farmers. She also bought food from the local Turkish stores and small shops rather than use large supermarkets for rice, lentils, pasta and other items.

Two farmers in the Muensingen area, Mr. Willi Wolf and Mr. Wahl, kindly made available 10 hectares or more of land for camping, setting up the marquee for meetings/meditation and the marquees for children and kitchen, plus two mobile toilets. For the final three days, the pilgrims stayed in the back garden of the Radlerherberge of the Auchter family.

Founder and co-teacher, Christopher Titmuss said: “All of our participants were deeply appreciative of the immense support from people in the area. We witnessed the loving care that local people give to the farms, fields, meadows and villages. There is a real wish in the Albs to support the eco-system under threat from pollution, factory farms and the climate emergency.”

Participants held a meeting on the final full day of their walks and fully agreed to return to the area in August 2020.

A former Buddhist monk in Thailand, Christopher commented: “The Schwaebisch Albs constitute an area of outstanding natural beauty, quiet, sublime with foxes, deer, wild boar, large birds and butterflies. We met very few hikers and a number of cyclists. It is clearly an undiscovered corner of Europe.”

Temperatures at night dropped to as low as 5 degrees and reached 31 degrees during. He added: “We walked in the sunshine, through intense rainstorms and strong winds. The pilgrims loved the challenge. The youngers from three years to 15 years enjoyed themselves.

Known as a Dharma Yatra in the East, the eco-pilgrimage has its background in the Buddhist tradition. Dharma refers to teachings of the Buddha. Yatra means pilgrimage.
Participants provide a registration fee of €100.00 to cover all the costs of equipment and initial food.

There is an appeal for donations to cover all the costs and invitation to give a donation to support the teachers.

*Albs means Lower

Links to Photos of 1st Eco-Pilgrimage near Reutlingen, Stuttgart, Germany. 60 participants for 10 days

Here are the photo links for the photos I took for the 1st Dharma Yatra near Stuttgart, Germany this month.
There are five links with around 460 photographs in total. One album is probably more than enough to look at.
We plan to hold our second Dharma Yatra (pilgrimage) in the same area from Saturday 8 August 2020 to 18 August 2020. Known as the Schwabian Alps, this beautiful area consists of immense forests, organic farms, wildlife and glorious meadows.
Do join for 2020. Registrations start on 8 February 2020.

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