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What's the point of practicing Zen

“Why do you practice Zen? You could spend your time on something else. What’s the point of practicing Zen? Questions I used to ask myself regularly. Why am I actually doing this? And what does it bring me? I also hear these questions during the Zen introduction courses I give. Recently, I went into these […]

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How to appreciate your life - Podcast

The teachers of Zentrum thought it would be fun to record podcasts about Zen with the interesting theme 'Zentrum Breaks the Silence'.  We recorded a few new episodes last month (in Dutch). In the episode below, John de Weerdt and me talk about how Zen can help a person appreciate their life.  Not just during comfortable moments when […]

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What am I doing here?

Recognizable Many responses on my website are about my blog How it all started. The moment of disembodiment that I am writing about is very recognizable so it seems. Apparently more people experience these moments of questioning. When you think to yourself “What am I doing here?” The next thing that often happens is grumbling […]

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How it all started...

Out of body experience In 2001 I walked with my lunch on a tray in the company restaurant of one of the "big 4 firms". Under the guise of "work hard - play hard" I was really "popping", working more than 50 hours a week. And then, during that lunch, I got these burning questions […]

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Zen and joy.. a joyful podcast

Sometimes you have to do something outside your 'comfort zone'... such as recording a Podcast. We, teachers of Zentrum, thought it would be fun to do just that. Theme: 'Zentrum breaks the silence'. We have recorded a few episodes in recent months (in Dutch). So did I. Together with Jolinda we talked about joy and happiness. […]

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Explained: Denkai

For me, it was a very profound and precious ceremony: I was honored to receive Denkai from Willem Scheepers on December 3, 2022. That day, as we bowed together in a 'full bow', head to head, holding each other's hands strongly, I felt a very powerful presence. As a token, Willem gave me a purple Rakusu and […]

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Cleany windows

Today I cleaned the windows of my house, including the windows from the kitchen to the garden. I do it at least once a year, and it feels great. I have the experience that the windows do not stay clean for very long. On an average day, 300 (perhaps a bit exaggerated) hand imprints of […]

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