Japan – The Buddha And The Pigeon

“What does the Buddha do when a pigeon shits on his head?” This koan – a riddle given to students of Zen Buddhism to meditate about – was told us on a meditation retreat in Germany by another participant. Our stay in Japan proved to be the best time to find an answer to this … Continue reading Japan – The Buddha And The Pigeon

Buryatia – Redefining (Russian) Culture

Ulan-Ude is the capital of the Republic of Buryatia. It is located 6.5h by train from Irkutsk – “next door”, as a Russian would say. The closer we got to Ulan-Ude, the more the landscape changed and finally looked like an outpost of the Mongolian steppe. Again, Mongolia is “just around the corner”, a couple … Continue reading Buryatia – Redefining (Russian) Culture