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Dear friends,
I want to update this blog and I feel,  I have no words to write. Not that I have nothing to wright, but maybe, that, what could be announced, has no words…..
To make it clear, not something big has happend (even though always big and small things happens) that I have to write ’nothing’…. it’s just not needed to write something…..

Still here are some words…. to update you a bit….

I am on my path to Kaza, Spiti Valley and Leh/Ladakh…. and I do want to follow this  ‚God-given‘ path,  inside and outside…. even here and there some difficulties are on the way…. it’s a beautiful path…. I am grateful….

Aparna left the walk, joint me on the way to Nepal ( to renew my Visa), left again towards her home in south India. .and thinks of joining again…. let’s see….

The bus ride to Nepal was exhausting, 3 times around 12h ride in one direction and 3 bus rides back to continue the walk…. All together includes 3 night bus rides….. puh. … it took me a while to arrive back on the walking path…..

Now the weather has a cold period, snow 800m more up ( I am at around 2200m ), but it seems, the very cold days come to an end in latest two days….

I reported about supporting from now on the whole group, and I feel, it will enfold naturally. .. fear is gone. …. in a flow

I enjoy very much to be back at ‚Buddha land‘, this and the upcoming area, where are lots of monasteries around, where the spirit of ’space‘ and deepness is feelable….

I love continuing meditating…. it’s so beautiful and connectable…. inside my self. Often I get up at 4/4.30h to have at least 1h or more meditation….

I will have from soon on until end of June less, little or no internet….

And again

Dear friends,
I want to update this blog and I feel,  I have no words to write. Not that I have nothing to wright, but maybe, that, what could be announced, has no words…..
To make it clear, not something big has happend (even though always big and small things happens) that I have to write ’nothing’…. it’s just not needed to write something…..


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Supporting the group

From the very soon future I want to be able to support financially everyone who comes to this group. Everyone who want to come to the group, should be able to come, even if someone has no money. If the commitment is there, this should be not a problem at all. I want to go for it. And it’s time to do so.

This is a new chapter in the history of steppps peace walk!!!!

I know univers is giving everything what we need. ‚Everything is everywhere‘, on this I contemplated a while ago for several years. And I know it’s so true!!! And I have so many examples and experiences which proved it.

The peace walk is in general a walk, were we live from that, what we get. Some other peace walkers do that also, with not exepting money or having no money, or having no own money. So everything is given. Because we walk with little money for food here or there, also taking in special occasions a cheap hotel (that’s possible in India sometimes only for 100 or maybe 400 Rupies…  1 € = 75 Rupies). … , clothes they are also mostly given….  we have some money with us. I carry some donations from some of you with me. So everything is given. And it’s all used in responsibility. It has all beauty in it.

I told Aparna yesterday evening about my plans, maybe mentioned it earlier, so it became a bit more concrete…. also by putting the first 5$ in the ‚pot to be‘. She already wanted to donate something in it…. And then I realize…. maybe a bit to quick….
In the night it continued working in my system, because from now on it would mean to take a lot of more responsibilities. …
…. because we have a rest day today, we started sharing about that topic… which is very wide…. and connected with so many other topics and concepts…..

…. in process …..
….. a good one …..

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It’s very nice with Aparna. I am happy to be a part of a ‚mini‘ group again.
After 5 days we walked 67 km. So that’s not very much, but somehow ok, because of the short cut from Mandi to Rampur. But sure it needs to be improved. Aparna is very commited and working hard on herself, has also a beautiful personality, so when I see that, I am happy to support.
Through some slow and slower walkings I can witness in myself, how my patients has improved… and so on…. good exercise…..
Arriving in Rampur proparbly in 3 days…. I have to look a bit into the upcoming parts, distances, time frames….. check the reality….

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1100m up and a wish

Today I walked 1100 elevation meters up. Now on 2100 m. I found again some nice small roads with nearly no cars.

The wish

As I told you, I got really inspired that Mr Goenko offers free Vipassana courses. Since a long time I think of offering the peace walk for everyone who joins in for free. So, that all the costs are covered as long they join the group. But how to bring it into life? All the people who walk with me are working a lot. Walking, meditating, getting involved in all the spiritual parts which come with the walk….. the people who come walking are often also financially not the richest from the money side, even though they bring a lot of richness from there heart side into the group and taking a big commitment …..   Until now I always thought, ok, if there is no big money coming somewhere from, I can’t start doing so….. but maybe I make it for myself to easy?……


From Mandi to Rampur

I am on the way again.

I found a short cut, so I don’t go through Shimla anymore. The way is a bit north of Shimla walking Mandi-Sundernagar-Rampur, through 2.400m mountain.

Aparna from Kolhapur, south of Pune/Mumbai, is on the way to join me on the peace walk. She needs to get with busses and train around 4 days to reach me. It’s about 2000km to travel….. Since a long time steppps has again a Mini-group. Some other Indian friends maid also join. Will see.

Hugs to you all


Holger’s visit

After the retreat I meet Holger, a good friend from Flensburg, who came to Dharamsala to organize with Wolfgang and Jürgen, all from the ‚Tibet Initiative Deutschland-TID‘, the next visit of the Dalai Lama in Germany in September.
Holger is also my former dentist and we founded together a mindfulness-meditation-group, which Holger still runs. 6 years since we have seen each other.
He has some gifts in his luggage, which I asked to bring – bubble pavement for my feet and ear plugs…..

At my birthday on the 31th of March, there is a gathering at the Dalai Lamas Temple. It’s 60 years ago, that the Dalai Lama fled from Tibet and stepped into Indian soil. This celebration is a gratitude celebration to India. Holger, Wolfgang and Jürgen have  places of honor on the stage, I sit in the crowd with lots of Tibetians and foreigners.

Thanks Holger for the visit.

I leave by bus to get back to Mandi, to continue the peace walk.
I have to sit in the back of the simple bus, windows are open. Fumes of the engine disturb me in the beginning, then I breath through a cotton, arriving in Mandi and a day later I realize, that I feel real poisoned…..

2. Vipassana retreat II

Somewhen in the retreat I cought also up in me mind, here contemplating…..

Again, as in the last retreat 4 month ago, I think of the Easter-silent-retreats I have offered before I started the peace walk.
We had the element of ‚toning‘ inside where everyone sings from the center of the heart, whatever sound comes out there. Mind is not allowed to put ideas in it, not to add melodies or words we know…… It’s exactly meditation pur. … no judging, just observing, arising, passing, not clinging on to anything….
I proof it, if that is true or have I taught something wrong?…. it’s just the perfect and simplest example of meditation I can think of……

I can(‚t) wait to give the next retreats, when I am back in Germany. Maybe again in Neukirchen, if the center is still alive by then, what I hope very much…..

Vipassana retreats are for free. This is such a big inspiration for me. Soooo big. Sure you can give something after the retreat, but no-one is forthing or asking you for it.
I want also to do that, when I give retreats or even seminars after I am back in Germany…. Actually I want to offer all my work for free and continue living from donation. Until the time before the peace walk, I always charged for courses, sessions and money was always a stress factor….
So I contemplated on it, how to manage that….

The last Vipassana retreat was also for free, but after I put some money in the organisations account. And because I have given by myself seminars, I know how important that is. To that time I thought of that donation more as a fee.
Now I switch my attention more towards the fact, that a have to categorise that fee as a donation.
This time, I figure out, I do not have enough money to give even a donation. Looking forward in time span I have some expenses in summer (visa issues), that I can’t give a donation now. Uh. That is uncomfortable in the beginning, but after some contemplations I find peace with it. Yes it’s ok, because it’s by donation (and free for those who can’t efford it) And I have to trust, that all is in universal harmony.

Second Vipassana retreat

I travel ‚back‘ to Dharamsala, exactly to Dharmakot to the Vipassana center. It’s on 2000m elevation level in a cedar forest.
The second day rain and some ice crystals fall down. When the sun is not coming out on 2000m, then it’s getting very cold…. In the main meditation hall, where the 45 participants sits, it feels like +5 degrees. Everyone is enrolled in one or two blankets. Underneath winter clothes, shals and hats, some wear even gloves. The third day is still cloudy, then slowly slowly day by day it becomes a bit warmer….. 😊 but no-one says anything, everyone in silence 😊

I am challenged by my eating allergies. Since the last Vipassana course in November I discovered, that I have some more ‚allergies‘. So beside not being able to eat onions and garlic, I dicovered, that hot food as well as gluten is not good for my body. I also don’t eat sugar…. So…. what is left on the buffet in the morning and at lunch in an Indian country? Not a lot….. but by my surprise, I eat so little during this retreat, and there was no hunger at all. I always found a little bit… and there was no problem, if I had just some cucumbers at lunch, because the dish was to hot…. no hunger. The meditation nurished me a lot. Feels like ‚meditation-no hunger‘.
I even understand my eating disorders as a blessing. Not having the allergies – I would not be able to learn my lessons – I need so little….
There is no craving, not at all. If I come to the dining hall, with expectations to eat something, and the food is just to spicy, not a moment of sorrow or lamentation, not a moment of craving… ok, then I have just some slices of cucumber and carrot…. fine… this is a bit new to me…. but so good…. and no hunger….
And easily I can investigate and observe, is there craving or non craving….
During the retreat I have sometimes three boxes of food in my mind. I saw that in a shop before the course. A box of Tahina – sesame paste, a big liter glass of real honey (honey in India is often mixed with some syrup) and a liter of olive oil. It’s not, that I missed anything in the retreat, it’s about, if I should get it after the course, could I carry it all, and … if I buy it, can I resist, for example the Tahina, or would I start craving again?…. is it really necessary to get it….? Can I be responsibly with it?… Will I eat not to much later on?…

Also since the last retreat I got even more sensitive. If I go behind someone with a perfume I have the taste for maybe the whole day on my tongue. If I drink from a metal glass, the same, taste on metal in my mouth…. if there is some disinfection clorine in the urinal, I carry that smell for hours…. if I touch a metal pole with my hand somewhere, I can taste it, too…. actually it’s not totally new, but more intense. …
But because of that, I can even feel more… there is also a good side….

Again I see the Buddha statues in my mind, but this time only in the beginning… I ask myself, what it could mean… and I got a helpful answer….. ‚be like a statue’…. How to understand this? I ask myself…. so I try….
During meditation I sit like a statue…. a statue does not have any tension in the body, there is no effort to hold any muscle, so I release any little tiny muscle…. I think I am relaxed, but there are little tiny muscles who still hold a bit…. releasing I can feel it even in my brain….. A statue does not think…. so I try to let go of effort or idea, that something in my mind has to think…..  A statue is just…. nothing has to be done….. (But it’s not like being from stone or metal, if someone would touch me, there would be flexibility to see, there is ease….) From a statue perspective everything what arises and passes is ‚ok‘, no judgment….. just observing…. as the teacher tought….. and there is no problem for a statue, just to sit and be for one hour…. This statue thing, even though they maid be also another meaning behind it, is just helping me….

At the 6th day something happens…. and I wait for this to come since years…. There is always a blockage at my diaphragm. … I have the feeling since years, something want to come up, release upwards, but there is that blockage….. so at my diaphragm is because of that pain, accumulated energy…..
The teaching is, not to react on it. Not to wish, that it should go…. not to wish, that the pain is not there…… or should go….. no craving for a better feeling….. no craving for a release…. the teaching is, just to observe!!….
This is the only way, to develop equanimity with whatever arises or passes, to totally accept, what is (there), then, by total acceptance, then something maid change (or not)….. because everything in this world arises and passes….. witnessing and observing the arising and passing is one part, too….

The teaching is also, that everyone has a lot of lives, (if you don’t believe in this, think of all the lifes from your ancestors) until the total liberation. In this countless life times we have accumulated a lot of negative energies, who are stored as let’s say ‚packets‘, called Sankaras (Pali-old language of India) The Sankaras get stored if we start craving or getting attached to something or someone…. if we just experience,  and don’t cling to it, nothing will be stored. Also the bad behaviors, such as killing, lying, sexual missuse, taking intoxicants, stealing get momorised and stored as Sankaras until we understand better and follow universal rules.

That 6th day, sitting there as a flexible statue, observing with quite some pain my diaphragm area, willing not to react on it, accepting totally the existence of it (with all the pain), not wanting that it has to change or go….. then….. it opened up….. what a release, all the Sankaras, I could feel and see, that they managed to flow upwards, and out of my body…. hundreds and hundreds and hundreds…. this happens in the afternoon and continued after midnight…… facinating and happy….. observing observing…..

Reunion in Mandi

Happy meet again in Mandi with Sangeet, Tanu and there son Devgeet, and parents.
Unexpected I reach a day earlier than thought – after a long walk of 41km.
The way from last year summer/autumn is now connected again. Smile

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Dying Cow

Shortly before the village Gumma I see a cow lying in the concrete ditch. She must have been here for days, lying on the same position. Her excrements shows, that she did not drink for days…. hmmmm what to do. Understanding the whole situation some people stop by…. I have a bottle of water, so we try to give her some, but she does not want to swallow it. One of her Horns is broken, blood dripped out earlier. One of the helpers mentions that he thinks, the spine is broken, so she can’t stand up anymore. Proparbly hardly hit by a car. At least 4 guys tried now to lift her up…. the cow did not help a bit…. We agree, that she is on the way to die.
Because I have more time, I stay with her a bit longer. I do some toning and ritual to show her the way out of the body. She is totally exhausted, but not yet ready to leave. It’s starts raining, cold rain with a little bit ice in it, 1700m high…., after a longer while I also have to leave….. I cover her body with some hey, which someone must have brought earlier… luckily I find a office of a veterinary in Gumma, but the doctor is somewhere else. I leave a message through a shop keeper close by. I hope, the cow gets help soon, because lying in that ditch, it will be so uncomfortable to lay in the cold running water.

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