Four Sublime Attitudes

In this collection of topics and teachings we are exploring the so-called four sublime attitudes. They are loving kindness (Metta), Compassion (Karuna), Empathetic Joy (Mudita) and Equanimity (Upekkha). These four trainings will certainly help you to build tremendous spiritual and wholesome power. Above all, this power will lift you towards greater attainments and depth on … Read more

Four Sublime Attitudes to Cultivate

There are four sublime attitudes that we can cultivate at any level in accordance with our skill. In this article I am not going into the various philosophical views that exist about them and I am also not going into any specific details concerning the traditional practices of the numerous Buddhist and Pre-Buddhist lineages. I … Read more

Overcoming Fear with Kindness and Wisdom

Overcoming fear sometimes seems to be an impossible task. The emotion of fear and its army of related mental states is a deeply rooted – and very powerful – experience to get lost in. Sometimes I would refer to fear as the “king of shadows”, truly a formidable opponent! It can be very sneaky and … Read more

Navigating Meditation Sessions

Sometimes there are those little insights that help you a great deal on the way. In this article I want to share a few of those “tricks” that make my meditation sessions a bit more magical. By evaluating and using these tricks you can hopefully unlock some great new perspectives. I hereby invite you to … Read more

The Healing Power of Kindness

There are only a few mental states that are as beneficial as loving kindness, compassion or deep inner calmness. The healing power of Kindness or “Metta” meditation can even extend beyond the reach of our own body and mind. By allowing the light of kindness to enter and expand in our being, we are actually … Read more

When My Mother Held Me For The First Time

One of the most important questions I have ever asked myself seriously was this one: “When my mother held me for the first time… how might she have felt?” Please just hold on for a minute and allow your heart to be touched a little bit by this… just a little bit. Try to imagine … Read more

Loving Kindness Meditation – The Benefits of Benevolence

Loving Kindness (Mettā) is one of the most powerful meditation subjects. The Buddha himself expressed goodwill as follows: “Whatever living beings there may be; Whether they are weak or strong, omitting none, the great or the mighty, medium, short or small, the seen and the unseen, those living near and far away, those born and … Read more