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European Buddha

The „European Buddha Podcast“ addresses all curious people who want to find out how the wisdom of buddhism is lived and practiced in the „West“. The podcast deals with core topics of Buddhism – based on direct experiences from different traditions and life stories. Diverse and close up, it is an introduction for everyone who is interested in spirituality, Buddhism and a good society – while being a map of inspiration for experienced practitioners at the same time. 

It was initiated by the European Buddhist Union (EBU) – an umbrella organization that is open to all Buddhist schools and movements.

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Buddha: Engaged and beyond – Guest: Dharmavidya David Brazier

Episode 05 – Engaged and beyond: BuddhaIn this episode we connected with Dharmavidya David Brazier who currently lives in the countryside in France. What is Buddhism about? A big question, but we were sure that David Brazier would be a suitable guest for this inquiry. We talked about some famous encounters between the Buddha and the madwoman Patacara or the murderer Aṅgulimāla. Although we know the Buddha in his famous cross-legged lotus position, he was on his feet most of the time and was involved in world affairs. Why didn’t the Buddha get burned out? We found out.The main contents of the episode The Buddha has different levels: the person, an eternal presence and the bridge between them: the manifestation His teaching-style: Confronting us with the existential situation of being human in this world Most of his life was about his engagement with others The driving force: Being in relation to something that is beyond this world Mindfulness in its original sense: having a richness in your mind and heart Related content to the episode  Story: The Story of Buddhas encounters with Patacara and Aṅgulimāla Book: The New Buddhism – A rough guide to a new way of life, by David Brazier, 2001 More about David Brazier :http://www.amidashu.org/dharmavidya-david-brazier/European Buddha Podcast: Any questions? Topics you want to see? Write to us! Looking forward to get in touch! New Episodes each last Friday of the monthContact: europeanbuddha@icloud.comGuest: David Brazier David Brazier discovered Buddhism in the 1960’s and followed it as a personal spiritual guide for his life. He practised Zen and explored Tibetan and Vietnamese Buddhism and become widely known in Europe and North America as a writer, a Buddhist teache, practicing psychotherapist. Being a child of the 60s he is also famous for being a social activist, making significant contributions in socially engaged Buddhism. He wrote quite some books, one of them called „The New Buddhism“, where he stated that Buddhism originally was about engagement with the world. Host: Emilia Raunio Emilia Amala Raunio is a Helsinki based yoga teacher and writer. She actively practises sŏn (Korean Zen) in Bodhidharma association which is the oldest Buddhist association in Finland. Emilia is also a council member of The European Buddhist Union and vice president of Finnish Buddhist Union. Emilia studies shiatsu therapy, enjoys cooking vegan food, gardening, arts, swimming and being in nature. www.bodhidharma.fi Host: Martin Landschein Martin grew up in a buddhist family and studied philosophy in Germany and Austria. He works as a psychosocial-caregiver in Vienna, practices in the Shambhala-Buddhist community and loves Japanese tea.

25mins

25 Jun 2021

Rank #1

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Switch on! Minding the light in your heart – Guest: Lama Dondrup

Episode 04 – Switch on your mind & lightIn this episode we met with Lama Dondrup who connected with us from the countryside of Spain. To continue our journey on meditation and mindfulness we wanted to ask an experienced meditator if it is possible to be mindful all the day. During our conversation it became quite clear that other people and our day to day emotions are a big help in order to live a more mindful and compassionate life.The main contents of the episode Mind is the past appearing in your mind in the present moment Your mind is learning all the time Fear is not the problem – the problem is that you don´t have control over yourself Buddhism helps us to be our most luminous version Being in society is a huge help to get enlightened! Related content to the episode  The four immeasurables – loving-kindness, compassion, empathetic joy, and equanimity – A practice to open up! Sangha Activa in Barcelona; Spain – Buddhist-inspired project for personal development as well as a spiritual growth mandalahttps://sanghaactiva.com / InstagramMore about Lama Dondrup :https://sanghaactiva.com/lama-dondrub/European Buddha Podcast: Any questions? Topics you want to see? Write to us! Looking forward to get in touch!Contact: europeanbuddha@icloud.comGuest: Lama Dondrup Buddhist teacher for more than 15 years. Since the age of 16, he has dedicated himself to practicing and researching how the practice of Buddhism can improve us as people. In his training he has received teachings from some of the highest masters of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. As a result of 24 years lived in a monastic community, he has accumulated a large number of experiences on the potential for self-knowledge and personal development to transform the habitual conflicts in all coexistence, into wonderful challenges. Host: Emilia Raunio Emilia Amala Raunio is a Helsinki based yoga teacher and writer. She actively practises sŏn (Korean Zen) in Bodhidharma association which is the oldest Buddhist association in Finland. Emilia is also a council member of The European Buddhist Union and vice president of Finnish Buddhist Union. Emilia studies shiatsu therapy, enjoys cooking vegan food, gardening, arts, swimming and being in nature. www.bodhidharma.fi Host: Martin Landschein Martin grew up in a buddhist family and studied philosophy in Germany and Austria. He works as a psychosocial-caregiver in Vienna, practices in the Shambhala-Buddhist community and loves Japanese tea.

26mins

28 May 2021

Rank #2

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In tune with meditation – Guest: Martine Batchelor

Episode 03 – In tune with meditationIn these days of the 21st century everybody has seen a picture of a buddha, has seen pictures of people meditating, has read about the benefits of a mind-full life that can reduce stress, increase compassion and so on. Meditation turns out to be a quite personal journey, direct and also often boring experience. So we asked Martine Batchelor, why meditate? She told us about her experience with many kinds of people encountering mindfulness and meditation, how she became a nun in Korea and what the difference is – between meditating in a monastry and every day life. The main contents of the episode Why meditate? Such a complex topic!   Buddhism: a cultural matrix of ethics and wisdom Mindfulness of Tonality  Meditation Exercise with Martine Batchelor -> 24:00 Min.  Recommended Literature, teachings mentioned in the episode: Martine Batchelor: Let Go: A Buddhist Guide to Breaking Free of Habits Dhammapada – Words of the Buddha Teachings on Vedanā – pleasant, unpleasant, neutral sensations Related Links: https://martinebatchelor.orgEuropean Buddha Podcast: Any questions? Topics? Write to us! Looking forward to get in touch!Contact: europeanbuddha@icloud.com Guest: Martine BatchelorMartine Batchelor was a Buddhist nun in Korea for ten years. She studied Jogye Zen Buddhism under the guidance of Master Kusan Sunim, being ordained as a nun in 1975. She returned to Europe after the death of her teacher, and started to teach Insight Meditation and mindfulness in Europe and occasionally in the United States. She is an author of many books and writes  articles with a focus about mindfulness of feeling tones. She is interested in photography and art and lives with her husband in France with whom she shares her passion & interest in buddhism and meditation. Host: Emilia Raunio Emilia Amala Raunio is a Helsinki based yoga teacher and writer. She actively practises sŏn (Korean Zen) in Bodhidharma association which is the oldest Buddhist association in Finland. Emilia is also a council member of The European Buddhist Union and vice president of Finnish Buddhist Union. Emilia studies shiatsu therapy, enjoys cooking vegan food, gardening, arts, swimming and being in nature. www.bodhidharma.fi Host: Martin Landschein Martin grew up in a buddhist family and studied philosophy in Germany and Austria. He works as a psychosocial-caregiver in Vienna, practices in the Shambhala-Buddhist community and loves Japanese tea.

29mins

1 May 2021

Rank #3

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Death and Dying – Guest: Kirsten Deleo

Episode 02 – Death and DyingIn this episode we met Kirsten Deleo who connected with us from the West-Coast of Ireland. We spoke about death – why it is so „creepy“ and what we can do for those who are facing the process of dying. Kirsten is a meditation teacher, author and trainer in the field of contemplative care offering training programs and retreats worldwide. With many years of experience in the field she emphasizes the importance of kindness and love while encountering the unknown.The main contents of the episode Death is unfamiliar!  How to be with a dying person Being vulnerable is not a weakness  Recommended Books:  Tibetan Book of the Dead  Tibetan Book of Living and Dying  Kirsten Deleo – Present through the end. A caring companions guide to accompanying the dying  Related Links: EBU Conference about Death and Dying:https://www.ebuconference.orgMore about Kirsten Deleo:https://www.kirstendeleo.com/podcastEuropean Buddha Podcast: Any questions? Topics you want to see? Write to us! Looking forward to get in touch!Contact: europeanbuddha@icloud.com Guest: Kirsten Deleo In her first book, “Present Through The End. A Caring Companion’s Guide For Accompanying The Dying”, Kirsten shares her decades of experience supporting terminally ill patients and their families and teaching caregivers. It also offers down-to-earth advice and simple tools inspired by her many years of Buddhist contemplative practice — great resources that will be of benefit to anyone caring for someone approaching dying. Kirsten lives with her family near Dzogchen Beara Buddhist Meditation Centre on the scenic West Coast of Ireland where she regularly teaches and supports the work of the Spiritual Care Centre. Host: Emilia Raunio Emilia Amala Raunio is a Helsinki based yoga teacher and writer. She actively practises sŏn (Korean Zen) in Bodhidharma association which is the oldest Buddhist association in Finland. Emilia is also a council member of The European Buddhist Union and vice president of Finnish Buddhist Union. Emilia studies shiatsu therapy, enjoys cooking vegan food, gardening, arts, swimming and being in nature. www.bodhidharma.fi Host: Martin Landschein Martin grew up in a buddhist family and studied philosophy in Germany and Austria. He works as a psychosocial-caregiver in Vienna, practices in the Shambhala-Buddhist community and loves Japanese tea.

31mins

3 Apr 2021

Rank #4

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Impermanence – Guest: Dario Girolami

Episode 01 – ImpermanenceIn this episode Emilia Raunio and Martin Landschein discuss with Dario Doshin Girolami one of the three marks of existence: impermancene. It is also a keyfeature of our current world situation and we were happy that he found time for us to reflect upon this topic with his years of experience as a Zen-monk and chaplaincy work. The good news: Everything is changing!The main contents of the episode Impermanence is good news! Compassion and Suffering Teaching meditation in prisons Recommended Books: Suzuki Roshi – Zen Mind Beginners Mind Jack London – The Star RoverJames Ishmael Ford – Introduction to Zen Koans: Learning the Language of DragonsRelated Links:EBU Conference about death and dying:https://www.ebuconference.orgMore about Dario Girolami:http://www.romazen.it/insegnante/teacher.htmlEuropean Buddha Podcast – Any questions? Topics you want to see? Write to us! Looking forward to get in touch! Contact: europeanbuddha@icloud.com Guest: Dario Doshin GirolamiHe received Dharma Transmission from Eijun Linda Cutts at the San Francisco Zen Center Green Gulch where he also was ordained as a Zen Monk  in 1986. He is holding regular seminar as a Professor of „Zen“ at the faculty of Psychology of Sapienza University, and leads regular meditation courses in one of the Prisons in Rome.Host: Emilia RaunioEmilia Amala Raunio is a Helsinki based yoga teacher and writer. She actively practises sŏn (Korean Zen) in Bodhidharma association which is the oldest Buddhist association in Finland. Emilia is also a council member of The European Buddhist Union and vice president of Finnish Buddhist Union. Emilia studies shiatsu therapy, enjoys cooking vegan food, gardening, arts, swimming and being in nature.www.bodhidharma.fiHost: Martin LandscheinMartin grew up in a buddhist family and studied philosophy in Germany and Austria. He works as a psychosocial-caregiver in Vienna, practices in the local Shambhala-Buddhist community and loves Japanese tea.

28mins

3 Apr 2021

Rank #5

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Trailerepisode – Who is the European Buddha?

TrailerepisodeThree people talking about a new podcast called European Buddha. Is one of them the European Buddha or what is the idea of this podcast? In this short trailerepisode Ron Eichhorn, President of the European Buddhist Union and the two hosts of the podcast, Emilia Raunio and Martin Landschein, speak about its purpose. The EBU wants to invite different voices and traditions to the show and display the whide area of buddhism and how it is practiced in Europe. The podcasts starts with different core topics about buddhim and special guests related to the topic. Related Links:EBU Conference about Death and Dyinghttps://www.ebuconference.orgEuropean Buddha Podcast, Any questions? Topics you want to see? Write to us! Looking forward to get in touch!Contact: europeanbuddha@icloud.comGuest: Ron eichhorn Ron Mio Sop Eichhorn is a Head Disciple of the Yun Hwa Denomination of World Social Buddhism and the Abbot of its Berlin Dharma center. He has practised daily meditation and prostrations for over two decades, and attends Dharma Master Ji Kwang Dae Poep Sa Nim’s retreats in Hawaii on a regular basis. When not working in his job as a film director, Ron likes to cook for friends and play the Ukulele. Host: Emilia Raunio Emilia Amala Raunio is a Helsinki based yoga teacher and writer. She actively practises sŏn (Korean Zen) in Bodhidharma association which is the oldest Buddhist association in Finland. Emilia is also a council member of The European Buddhist Union and vice president of Finnish Buddhist Union. Emilia studies shiatsu therapy, enjoys cooking vegan food, gardening, arts, swimming and being in nature. www.bodhidharma.fi Host: Martin Landschein Martin grew up in a buddhist family and studied philosophy in Germany and Austria. He works as a psychosocial-caregiver in Vienna, practices in the local Shambhala-Buddhist community and loves Japanese tea.

15mins

3 Apr 2021

Rank #6