Location: Hamburg, Germany
Professional title: CTO and co-founder of NOFRILLS
What do I do?: I am Father, No Meat Athlete, Ultra-runner and a Part-time Buddhist. I am a CTO by day and a philosopher by night. My meditation is running and I prefer to run long distances. I burn on a plant based diet. Running is my way of meditation and has become an important part of my non-theistic Buddhist spirituality. I consider myself Buddhist without believes, hence a part-time Buddhist.
Reading now: I to Myself: An Annotated Selection from the Journal of Henry D. Thoreau
Likes: airport waiting, avocado, biographies, desert sand, empty space, ethnic art, fresh apple-pie, taxi driving at night, history, Japanese art, Just enough, Jazz music, light rain, long runs, metal music, meditation, mountains, oceans, playing children, flashes of insight, modesty, post-adrenaline euphoria, reading, running, solitude,silence, simplify, spring, starry nights, tao, tattoos, the inexplicable, unknown landscapes, walking country roads, zen.
Dislikes: 9to5, amusement parks, arrogance, authority, bars, board games, book keeping, buying clothes, cars, drunk people, ego, masses, meat, milk, junk food, party's, popular culture, pressure, shopping, social media, social standards, surprises, stupidity.
Lord of the Crossroads
Ultra running: Perhaps the genius of ultra running is its supreme lack of utility. It makes no sense in a world of space ships and supercomputers to run vast distances on foot. There is no money in it and no fame, frequently not even the approval of peers. But as poets, apostles and philosophers have insisted from the dawn of time, there is more to life than logic and common sense. The ultra runners know this instinctively. And they know something else that is lost on the sedentary. They understand, perhaps better than anyone, that the doors to the spirit will swing open with physical effort. In running such long and taxing distances they answer a call from the deepest realms of their being—a call that asks who they are. (David Blaikie)
Buddhism Without Buddhism: a Buddhism that is rooted in human meanings rather than in fantasies of the sacred; a Buddhism that is pervaded by a thoroughgoing this-wordliness. (Secular Buddhism)
Simplify: As you simplify your life, the laws of the universe will be simpler; solitude will not be solitude, poverty will not be poverty, nor weakness weakness. (Henry David Thoreau)
I live now: With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)
Tao in running: Run without running, Moving and staying in the stillness of the present moment, loosing my self with every step to find my self, to experience the state of non-mind and non thought without loosing contact with reality. It also means, experiencing and finding the relation with my inner self and the universe, free of any formal religious or secular moral precept. Tao in running can become a way of meditation and part of a non-theistic spirituality.
Solitude: It's only by taking myself away from clutter and distraction that I can begin to hear something out of earshot and recall that listening is much more invigorating than giving voice to all the thoughts and prejudices that anyway keep me company twenty-four hours a day. And it's only by going nowhere - by sitting still or letting my mind relax - that I find that the thoughts that come to me unbidden are far fresher and more imaginative than the ones I consciously seek out. (Pico Iyer)
Silence: Freedom from noise and goal-directed tasks, it appears, unites the quiet without and within, allowing our conscious workspace to do its thing, to weave ourselves into the world, to discover where we fit in. That’s the power of silence. Whenever possible I be in silence. Silence completes and intensifies solitude, silence is solitude practiced in action. When there is silence, we create the space for solitude. Silence. Interior and exterior silence, the silence of the senses helps us to recover psychological. It helps to reorder our minds, reduces stress and helps us to deal with our feelings and emotions.
Modesty: Modesty in Buddhism is the quality of being unpretentious about one’s virtues or achievements. Modesty is to know your true worth without being proud or self-satisfied. Modesty helps us to see who we really are, and it helps us to be proud on our achievements without becoming vain or self-promoting. On the other side modesty teaches us also to deal with setbacks without shame or self-loathing.
All Buddhas must be killed: To add a religion or supernatural enthusiasm to your life is to diminish your life. What you gain in ceremony, ritual, fellow feeling, and the comforts of a metaphoric system you lose in integrity, freedom, and dignity. Religion itself is the danger. Not only are you not to believe in gods, according to the Buddha, you are not to believe in systems that distance you from a personal reckoning with the facts of existence. Personal means personal: to chant with robed monks robs you of your inheritance just as surely as praying to a bearded god. Before he died the Buddha said, "Life is very short, please investigate it closely." We are left with the great question: What am I? What is a human being? In his great compassion the Buddha leaves us only with footprints pointing the way... in the end he cannot help us; we must find the answer ourselves.
Freedom: One important principle the way of the Buddha has to offer to the modern world is the concept of freedom. Paradoxically this true freedom comes not from getting what you want, but from refrain from wanting. This freedom means to make yourself free from desire, free from greed, free from dogma and false hopes.
fuck it: Saying Fuck It is a spiritual act: that it is the perfect western expression of the eastern ideas of letting go, giving up and finding real freedom by realising that things don't matter so much (if at all). It isd the best way to get anything, from love and affection to money and fame, is to not need it in the first place. THE LESS YOU GIVE A FUCK, the easier life gets.
I am my own God: For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can’t readily accept the God formula, the big answers don’t remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God.
We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state and our educational system.
We are here to drink beer.
We are here to kill war.
We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.
We are here to read these words from all these wise men and women who will tell us that we are here for different reasons and the same reason.
Like a mirror: Our mind is like a mirror, which reflects the universe and we watch the reflection. We take these reflections for reality so that we become entranced, repelled or indifferent to them. In meditation, we observe that all these reflections are changing conditions. We begin to see them as objects rather than as a self, where as when we're ignorant we tend to seek identity with them. Our image reflected in meditation, reflected in The Mirror of Dharma, is a reflection of truth. It is undistorted and shows us everything as it is. One can become aware of one's true self by reflecting in The Mirror of Dharma and being in meditation.
Reading Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider. (Francis Bacon)
You have to trust in yourself
You must believe in yourself
You have to follow your heart
You overcome improve endure
(Kick You when You're Down - Machine Head)
LAST UPDATE: 04.09.2019 / IMPRINT