With the support of ceramist Judith Mennenöh, Cologne-based artist Kathrin Brecker creates space for tea under the name of Achtsam , in the form of captivatingly beautiful tea bowls that immediately catch the eye with their simple beauty. At least me. The tea bowls correspond to the Japanese Wabi-Sabi Ideal, a Zen Buddhist aesthetic that was shaped by the Japanese tea ceremony. Wabi-Sabi items are different from piece to piece and so are also Kathrin Breckers tea bowls handmade single pieces. On the outside they have a rough surface of simple clay and inside a white glaze, which brings the color of the tea to advantage. On the lips, the rough outside of the shell and the softness of the tea combine.

These wonderful tea bowls are now available exclusively over 3 treasures . Each of the unique bowls comes in a black lacquered wooden box.

The Japanese way of drinking tea invites to inner contemplation, the stillness of the moment and finds its perfection in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. And so does Kathrin Breckers concept clearly against the trend to see tea drinking only as a wellness and lifestyle product. Mindfulness – Space for Tea seeks to support mindfulness and draw attention to Japanese aesthetics, the idea of ​​the tea ceremony, and one’s own behavior.

The Japanese tea ceremony is an art form for which Zen masters and monks have developed over the years many styles, principles and rules that have shaped their aesthetics and meaning. There is, for example, the preference for incomplete, often a little rough tea utensils and the special tea rooms are designed according to the principle of simplicity. I remember one person telling me that he first got back in touch with the practice of the Japanese tea ceremony, with the tea-drinking rituals of his homeland, East Frisia, where the Teetied also has a high status in people’s lives. Again, emphasis is placed on the right tea, a teapot with warmer, Kluntjes (candy), cream with a matching cream spoon and the appropriate teacups.

At Rinzai Zen, where drinking tea is closely tied to Zen practice, one drinks the tea before zazen, sitting in silence, each with 4 sips. The first sip is
for <wa> harmony, represented by the sangha or community that has come together for tea-drinking. The second sip means <kei> reverence (especially life), symbolized by the tea plant. The third stands for purity, symbolized by the clarity of the water and the fourth sip stands for
the silence <jaku>.



Saskia Schottelius has her latest book in the TAO-Verlag ” Do – the way to the inner master. Martial arts philosophy for life. ” released. It is published by Chikara Women in Motion eV and is provided with beautiful illustrations by Antje Meister.

On 20.11.2015 from 19:00 Saskia Schottelius is invited to a book presentation / reading at 3 treasures . In advance, I conducted an interview with Saskia Schottelius .


“Be free wherever you are” or “Move your body and live a mindful mind!”

3 treasures : Dear Saskia, I am glad that you have your new book ” Do – the way to the inner master. Martial arts philosophy for life. “Will soon be presenting in a reading at 3 treasures and the opportunity for this interview.

Before we talk about the book, what does CHIKARA mean?

Saskia Schottelius : Dear Patrick, I am also very happy and thank you for this wonderful opportunity to present me with my work and my thoughts. “Chikara” means “inner strength,” “life energy,” and is the name of the martial arts school I started over 20 years ago. You can also read it as a combination of Tai Chi and Kara te, and at the same time meet the core of our work: the connection of Far Eastern energy work and Japanese martial arts.


3 treasures : You write that your new book is addressed to all those who want to find themselves about Far Eastern movement and their Buddhist philosophy and to grow beyond themselves. At the same time it is about very practical techniques and basic ideas in a women’s martial arts school. Tell us a bit about your connection of these two ways, so martial arts and meditation or Buddhist philosophy.

Saskia Schottelius : “Women’s School” I like! In the introduction to my book, there is a small stylistic knowledge of Shuri-ryu karate and how it came from Okinawa via the US and the Netherlands to Bonn. On the way, it took the “feminist turn”, meaning that women have taken this style to give their own interests such as “defensiveness” and “visibility”. Seen from this point of view, the school that inspired the “women’s struggle” of the 1970s has become a women’s martial arts school. It focuses on strengthening the personality of women, children and adolescents so that they can assert themselves peacefully in life. The spirit of this school is different from that of martial arts schools, which focus on topics such as “competition”, “aggression reduction” or “hardening”. The feminine side of art is a holistically invigorating, motivating and peaceable one, as I find expressed in the work of Thich Nhat Hanh, among others. That’s why it was so important to me to write a book about women’s martial arts before it disappears from view or disappears completely.

3 treasures : Please explain “Dokan, the way is a circle” and the importance of “beginner spirit” in karate.

Saskia Schottelius : The Enso, the calligraphy circle on the cover of my book, points to the philosophy of “Dokan”: the way is a circle. That fascinated me the most at the beginning of my karate career – it was in direct opposition to my (straight-forward) career as a scientist I was chasing after – or rather chasing ahead! That made me successful, but not relaxed and satisfied. In the martial arts world, I experienced something different. Again and again, I stood at the very beginning with what I had learned – no matter how much I moved and tried. But gradually regret it. A new belt color makes no salary increase – so it is useless from the point of view of our society. The meaning is only in your own development of lightness, generosity, humility, serenity and patience, but not in a measurable value. And when you realize that the actual learning begins with the black belt, you come very close to the idea of ​​the “perfect” cycle.

In my book, there are many Asian anecdotes, which bring the wonderful to the point: “Empty your shell” against our “always-already-know” or the story of the fisherman, the famous as “anecdote for lowering the work ethic” by Heinrich Böll became, or become the parable of the “black belt” instead of “black belt” – they all and many more show us a good way away from success thinking.

“Change your language and you change your world!”

3 treasures : A chapter in your book also deals with mindful communication. You have studied communication research and phonetics and also offer rhetoric seminars. From a karate dojo you may know a more one-sided and also hierarchical communication, in the form of commands etc. What is the language of your dojo at CHIKARA?

Saskia Schottelius : Yes, the language. This is of course my very personal passion. In the course of my life, I have become increasingly aware of how essential language is to us, and how important it is to use oneself and others in a positive, supportive language. And we can really “serve” ourselves: the language offers many beautiful possibilities, without us having to end in fine-tuning. It always depends mainly on the perspective. Do I name my strengths or my weaknesses? What I name will gain space and dominate me in my life. I also have this experience in my work as a freelance lecturer everywhere: whether with policewomen, doctoral candidates or politicians – all are aware of their deficits. And the whole thing is reinforced by the many old patterns in which we think and live and which are conserved by language in the form of phrases and proverbs. Double negations instead of praise, misfortune and embarrassment are drummed in from an early age: “not of bad parents”, “who digs a pit …”, “self-stinks”, etc. Only when we start to speak another language can we free ourselves from this power.

In fact, we can practice another language well in the dojo. That’s what we do with “Chikara”. At the end of the lesson, in meditation, we think of a motivational mantra (“I’m beautiful, I’m strong, I can do that”) and we cherish each other in the final round instead of reprimanding for our bad conditioning / coordination or anything else. Small steps, big impact.
A few very practical exercises can be found in the book. Mindful language in the dojo means quite concretely that the teachers speak gender-sensitive language, because “only when women appear in the language are they worth mentioning!”


And with that we are in the even wider concept of “body – language in motion” …

3 treasures : what exactly is meant by that?

Saskia Schottelius : Our postures reveal a great deal about what moves us in life. In my seminars and courses, there are always units such as the Qigong Taoist health exercises, through which I experience a great deal of my participants.
Of course, that’s a big advantage, especially if we’re working on convincing self-expression. When I change my postures, I often change the mind that has solidified behind it. So a fatigue, an excessive demand, a great restraint, all this and much more often appears as raised shoulders, advanced heads or round backs. Many women and children make the first step out of a victim role.

If we go one dimension further, we come to such daring as well as plausible theses that information can be transmitted through water, body and language are the messengers of human existence, and certain patterns of movements reflect universal structures. Also of these ominous things is my book. What is important to me is always the connection of philosophy and practice: What good is this insight or idea for my everyday life and how can I implement what I learn in the dojo.

3 Treasures : Your understanding of seeing the dojo as a place of relationship, of encounter rather than competition, even as an image of the entire cosmos, is very much in line with how we see the exercise in a Zen dojo. How important is the form, the rules in such a community for you?

Saskia Schottelius : Dojo etiquette is an integral part of a way art. By bowing down to treat objects with respect, dress uni-form (that is, appear without status symbols), and essentially silence, we practice “right mindfulness,” the central premise and practice of all path arts.


And there are so many beautiful paths next to zazen and martial arts, such as the tea path, the path of the brush, the flower sticking or the archery. It is always about “breathing” perfect attention right now – and that means freedom in the end. Of plans, annoyances, purposefulness, greed, of being-willing and being-should, of own and foreign expectations etc.

Once we have experienced that the balance of the cosmos can get much better and regulate by not intervening, we are effectively spared a lot of stress. We just need to keep our mind open and let things just come. The mechanisms of “wuwei,” action by inaction, have their own laws. And if, as in the dojo, I learn to follow my intuition, I can connect with them much better.

3 treasures : What role do you have as a sensei in this system?

Saskia Schottelius : Yes, of course, I practice just like everyone else in a dojo, a place of the way. Sensei literally means “only” the one who precedes the way, so nothing better, but just longer on the way. The biggest challenge for me is actually not to intervene. When conflicts arise in me or show up in others, I practice “wise restraint”. The fighter in me, who likes to go to the barricades, wants something different. Of course I find that difficult. 

Perhaps the most obvious example is violence. My life experience is that you have to answer violence and force it to the greatest extent, including physical violence, so that it does not receive total power. But I do not want to use force. Meanwhile, I think it best to avoid the negative as much as possible and give the positive enough space to gain influence and dimension. Resilient people, those with special inner resilience, help themselves in dangerous situations with the art of directing the mind – as in a dojo. With every kiai, the battle cry or breath at the height of an action, and every kata, form of combat against imaginary opponents, we connect with a power that reaches far beyond ourselves. This is not just chi energy, it is also the power of positive visions.

Or lovingly: If you want to free a child from screaming pain or anger: “Look, there’s the butterfly behind, he has very golden wings!” And already our hearts open with a smile.



The 3 Treasures Fundraiser Brightening a corner of this world is supported and supported by different people. Here are a few voices …

3 treasures is a deli


With many lovingly selected products and an inspiring variety of seminars, workshops, readings, movie nights, yoga, Zen meditation, etc. It is a meeting place and for me and probably the entire old town a huge and indispensable enrichment for all of Bonn , Thank you for creating and sharing this space, where many great people meet and contribute with their ideas, products and offers.

Lisa Mikosch, yoga teacher

3 treasures for guidance, healing, and togetherness

 I have been deeply touched and inspired by the community. It is rare to find a powerful mix of integrity, connection, light, and love in one space. I especially like many young people are drawn to 3 treasures for guidance, healing, and togetherness. Treasures are committed to the work of expanding awareness, nurturing community, spreading light and sharing love. I sincerely hope that Bonn continues to generously support this beautiful place.

Kelly Owen

An unknown culture


Donate. What comes to mind? People in need, disasters, church and … well, free somehow. We give something away and get nothing for it. That’s the way it is. And yet there are cultures in which this is self-evident. Unfortunately, we have zero experience with this culture. Whenever we give something, we want something for it. But then it is no longer a donation, but a trade. Difficult, difficult …

Patrick Damschen tries to connect to this unknown culture. I keep my fingers crossed for him (and for us), for making us a bit wiser and perhaps also for sharing in this culture. Because we get something for our donation, only it is not so obvious.

Arnulf Christl

Encounter, communication and meditation


With € 10.00 a month you can support a person who devotes his heart, his wisdom, his culinary art – in short, his purpose to a very specific task: to get a place for encounter, communication and meditation. A place where you can get beautiful, fine things for yourself or friends. Things for yoga, zen, buddhism, fine green tea.

A place that in Bonn, like a small oasis, helps people to come to themselves. Unfortunately, even though Patrick is not my local dealer (it just takes us a few hundred kilometers …) – I support him very much!

Renée Kraemmer, MBSR trainer

Support your Local Peacemaker

My wife Geli and I have been supporting Abbot Muho and his Antaiji Monastery in Japan with a monthly donation for several years because we find places like Antaiji important to the world. It is often the very places that do quiet work for peace in the world, who have to struggle for their material survival.

When I got to know Patrick and the 3 Schatz store, I felt that here, too, someone makes an important contribution to peace, always struggling for material survival. A peacemaker place near me! So we redirected our monthly Dana from Japan to Bonn and now support 3 treasures with monthly 15,00 € for almost two years.

That’s not much, but if there are ten or twenty or thirty more friends supporting their Local Peacemaker with a small, regular amount, then the life of 3 Treasures is assured. Think about it!


An oasis of peace


3 treasures is for me a place where I can always feel welcome – exactly as I am. The people I meet, especially Patrick, meet me with great openness, friendliness and appreciation. Both the beautiful and interesting things to buy and the immensely rewarding events organized by Patrick continue to impress me.

3 treasures I feel as an oasis of peace, which I like to support and which I hope will continue to develop its positive charisma.

Gabriele Schulte

Neighborhood assistance and international understanding

 Patrick is the man you ask when your bike or phone is stolen, the only one with reliable connections to the Bonn underworld. He is the one who knows where in the area there could be a doubly muffled underbody key for whatever else and who otherwise develops solutions to problems in all the weirdest questions or hard nuts. A man who translates meditation into practical life; an everyday linker. A sponsorship of him is actually a sponsorship in itself, almost in the own (er) solution. Good guy in any case …

Bernd Drosihn (Torfumacher)

“I like to donate, if from afar …”

Claudia Brück 01

I live in the countryside with my family in Portugal but am from Bonn and Patrick is a very good friend of mine from “old days”. That’s why I’m glad that my donation allows me to contribute from afar, so that the 3 treasures continue to bring a little more light and peace to the (Bonn) world and make it possible to meet, because that’s what we need …


Give and take new thinking

Pamela Wich Portrait

It is not so easy to give without the expectation of something in return. Questions about one’s own advantages sneak in here and there – almost unnoticed. It is all the more important to rethink the give and take and find new ways of thinking and acting. I remember very much the conversations with Patrick in the 3 Schatz (often on the long Monks Kitchen Board) about donating in the Buddhist tradition. Patrick brought us the idea and the spirit of non-expectant giving. I am very grateful for the stimulating discussions and also for the impulses of the donation campaign “Brightening up a corner of this world”. Even after my move to Frankfurt, I like to donate 10.00 euros a month to support 3 treasures.

Pamela Wich

Return home

Reiner Hühner klein

I enter and am at home … warm colors, soft music, pleasant scents, Patrick.
Always a tea, ever something left over from lunch, at least a few sentences, often a connecting conversation, quietly relaxing time …
… and selected, carefully selected items to buy.
So a kind of little paradise with oasis character.
I experience that when I come home to 3 treasures. I should go more often …

Pure chickens

From heart to heart

Alexander Kopp klein

3 treasures with the adjoining San Bo Dojo and the Zen kitchen (Monk’s Kitchen) is for me a place of which there are far too few in Germany – a place of refuge where people are lovingly advised both in terms of meditation accessories, as well as on the way can find orientation. Patrick throws the store in the best Bodhisattva tradition – he passes on his knowledge about his products and the way from heart to heart. In addition, there are always great events, lectures and instructions from various teachers. What impresses me most is the openness and warmth with which one is met here. I refer my seminar participants with a clear conscience, the way from Cologne to Bonn to take to get advice here. Thank you Patrick and a deep bow to your work. Gassho!

Alexander Kopp, Zen-Monk, MBSR teacher and coach from Cologne

The sangha, as one of the pillars of Buddhism

Charlotte Farber Hemeling Portrait

Patrick’s 3 Treasure Shop and our regular Zen exercise at the San Bo Dojo are inseparable. The sangha, as one of the pillars of Buddhism, is lived here. Dojo and 3 treasures shop are our “home”, meeting place and communicative center for the sangha – and beyond. And at the same time, the 3-storey shop has become a center of spiritual exchange, giving new impulses to our practice over and over again. This is what Patrick creates as Dojo director and owner of 3 treasures through his international networking, his personal contacts with spiritual teachers.

With my donation, I would like to contribute to the fact that he can “afford” this (also temporally) high level of commitment in the future – in addition to the business.


What 3 treasures mean to me?

Helmut Köhn 04

First and foremost, the place was my dojo for a long time, the place where I practiced with many other zazen. The name 3 guess could not be more appropriate. Here are the three treasures Buddha, Dharma and Sangha lived.
There is no comparable and lively Buddhist center in Bonn, where the monk is present daily and, in the best bodhisattva tradition, always responsive and helpful. Although I do not practice as often in the dojo, I always like to come here. Be it to eat in the monk’s kitchen, if at home the incense sticks are all again, to one of the many practice days, to an interesting lecture or or or ….

But most of all, I’m happy to meet the monk in person. We spent countless hours together on our Zafus, where we mostly stared at the wall. That was sometimes painful (at first very), sometimes boring but above all it was a great pleasure to go the way with Mr. Damschen. Since Patrick managed the dojo responsibly and opened his specialty store for all sorts of things, there has emerged a truly vibrant center that, as I said, lives up to its name.

Helmut Köhn

Not around the corner and yet very close

Andreas Poggel 200x200

The events with different Zen teachers lured me to Bonn some years ago. The open and undogmatic cross-tradition networking is enriching and invigorating for me.
Community – a treasure that has become richer. Beyond the borders of Bonn, relationships have emerged. And our acquaintance, formerly she was fleeting and today I am looking forward to the encounters with you and the kind people you attract with your commitment. Thanks for that!

Our Zendo was equipped by the 3 treasures and – while I write these lines, I get the urge to soon again in Bonn in the assortment of the 3 treasured shop to browse …

Andreas Poggel, CSF / Mediation / Zen ( splash.jetzt )

Almost every day, I think of 3 treasures

Barbelies Wiegmann Portrait 300x300 .

.. when I’m lying on my yoga mat, stable and soft, like on a lambskin. And at least every two weeks I enjoy the tea cups, in tender turquoise at the small tea ceremony in our sangha.

The 3 treasures shop is a special treasure in the old town, with so many treasures for eyes and heart. But this treasure holds much more: a dojo for Zen meditation, lectures and cultural events. And there’s the Monk’s Kitchen, where I enjoy so much sharing the meal.

Dear Patrick, you brighten a corner of the world, – thank you!

Barbelies Wiegmann (mediator, network Buddhism in Bonn)

Judith Bühlmeier klein1

After 18 years in Bonn, I recently moved to the Ruhr area, the feeling of home and homeland since busy me more than usual. As soon as I enter the 3 cherished place, I notice again and again that this also has something from home – simply because there is nothing to do. I am welcomed with a smile, feel welcome, quite right here – no matter if I consume or am interested in an offer, leave money or just get lost in this place.

I also observe this with other people who come here: it is a place of rest and contact. It’s so valuable that there are places like these!


Natta klein

Dear Patrick,

We do not know each other personally, I have not visited the 3 treasures shop yet. My contacts to your shop and to you have been the classic online-sales, which I am always very satisfied with.

What appealed to me to respond to your personal donation appeal was the courage I have seen in doing so. I understand your call in good Dana tradition, to be able to accept something to be able to give again, in the sense of the community, which obviously many people in your shop, in contact with you. May you continue to succeed …

Greetings from Darmstadt,

Netta (MBSR teacher, yoga teacher)

Small is beautifull!

Frank Luckner 200x200

Gross is not the 3 treasures shop, but the more beautiful. That’s why the 3 Treasures Shop deserves all support. I like to rummage through the bookshelf after zazen and find more often a work that I would never get to see otherwise, without the feeling to have to buy something. I often visited the store when I was in town to talk to Patrick about Zen and life.

I wish that the 3 treasures can attract more people and lead to true happiness and well-being. I still wish Patrick much inspiration in the various tasks with which he is entrusted. And we wish all of us a Merry Christmas.

Frank Luckner

A place that leaves its mark

 Dear Patrick,

At the beginning of the year a few lines from me to the place you gave the name “3 treasures”. The first time I visited this place with the goal to “acquire” something. I found beautiful things of selected quality. What I also found was a place that left its mark on me; a place that touches me only by knowing about it.

May many people discover this place for themselves (and “acquire” whatever they are looking for).

Best regards, Om


May all be happy. May all be well.

nicole ness aw klein

After a long stay in a Buddhist monastery, I also wanted to network with people of similar orientation in Bonn. I went to search and found the 3 treasures shop. What a gift! Since I work independently, the visit of the Monks Kitchen became after a very short time an integral part of my everyday life.

The anticipation of the lunch break grew steadily – suddenly I was part of a community that made me feel that I had arrived. I realized how deep drafts and sharing with like-minded people during a simple meal together can help make you feel at home. Strangers became friends and companions, joint activities – even outside the Monks Kitchen – got a different quality.

So what could be more appropriate to support this special place with a donation? Where to start, if not on your own doorstep?

I’m very thankful to know you. It’s a nice feeling to know that you are there when I come back from my winter quarters. I want to continue to meet each one of you with curiosity and an open heart. Let us grow together and make this already very bright corner of this world even brighter.

May all be happy. May all be well.

In bondage,

Nicole ( mindful webdesign )

Just be in the middle …

Athina klein

When the corner shop in the immediate vicinity was renovated 7 years ago, we asked ourselves – what comes in there well? There was a Buddha in the otherwise empty shop window. Hm … And then: the 3 treasures … “Oh, we have a Buddhist monk in the neighborhood” was told in the apartment.

The 3 treasures are just there. Quite unobtrusive – in the middle. An invitation, without obligation. Often, when I come home from my travels, I stand in front of the shop window and see what’s new. And when Patrick is here, I’ll go in for a quick chat – and then the clocks tick differently.

Being there, being part of the environment – just like that, in the middle of it, that is what makes Patrick and the 3 treasures. Well and in any case there are always treasures in the assortment and the other offers of the 3 treasures. … and those are just a few reasons why I like to support Patrick. Thanks to you, Patrick!



I’m glad that I finally set up a standing order with a regular donation for 3 treasures. A clear commitment to support this courageous and inspirational project, which for me is a model of a contemporary interpretation of a spiritual practice rooted in Buddhism. If you do not know Patrick and 3 treasures, you should definitely catch up. Those who do not yet support this place should also make up for it. Last but not least, I can point out the very good quality of the meditation and yoga accessories to which the participants of the courses and therapies I have given in my practice and I can enjoy ourselves.

Dr. med. Malte Thormählen
Specialist in psychiatry and psychotherapy
MBCT teacher
Qualified Instructor Eat Right Now & Craving to Quit (CFM)


Without Borders

Birgit Cooker Regenbogen_klein

When you come in, it’s a bit like coming to a Japanese temple – “shop” is a completely misleading term for the “Three Treasures”. Without knowing that a Zen Dojo is hiding in the same house, I had the feeling that someone here is creating a spiritual space with warmth, devotion and wit. There are good and useful things to buy, but the most exciting thing is what you can not buy. Although the space is small, it is not limited. Objects and books of all Buddhist traditions find their place here – as well as a bit of all sorts of senseless and yet enjoyable bells and whistles.

Anyone can come in and feel the peace and friendliness.

To support this space is important to me.


3 treasures – more than just a good idea

My first real contact with the 3 Schatz store was the first order confirmation I received from Patrick by email. Since a real person has accepted my order …?! Alone, this tiny detail was already a way for me to break out of the usual narrow lines of thought.

Over time, my correspondence with Patrick confirmed my impression that the store was born out of a bodhisattva attitude. There is no emphasis on maximizing profit maximization (which unfortunately happens in this industry), but on creating a place of exchange, rest and relaxation. With this realization, it is easy for me to support the treasures with donations, because the money comes to a concrete, understandable and in my opinion meaningful purpose. I’m already looking forward to the day when I can be in Bonn on the spot and convince myself that my donations are actually not spent just for records and cheap fuss


“A second chance school for those who never had a first chance “

Thanks to an initiative by Barbelies Wiegmann, a network of Buddhist groups is currently forming in Bonn to encourage them to get to know each other and to exchange ideas with each other. In addition to planning a joint Vesakh Festival in 2017, a series of films with Buddhist content, which have been shown since October 2016 in the cinema of the Brotfabrik in Bonn, has come to fruition.

It all started with The Angry Buddha , a German-Austrian co-production by Stefan Ludwig , which has been screened in selected program cinemas since 23.09.2016.

It is the story of János Orsós , who founded the Buddhist Ambedkar Gymnasium in Sajókaza, a village in eastern Hungary, to offer disadvantaged Roma youth a future perspective. János Orsós himself comes from a Roma family. He is a teacher and he is a Buddhist. His model is the emergence of the Dalits, inspired by the social reformer Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar , a denigrated as “untouchables” population group in India, the country of origin of the Roma and Buddhism.

” János and his colleague Tibor do not have a ready-made recipe. They tried something, they fail, they get hostile, they try it again. They are like revolutionaries … “(Stefan Ludwig)

The angry Buddha recounts the often exhausting efforts of the teacher and his colleague Tibor Derdák to help the impoverished youth to live a self-determined life through education and spirituality and to strengthen them in the fight against social exclusion. Often they are on the brink of collapse. Almost three years, the film accompanies János’ unwavering commitment against all opposition, the hostility on the part of the Hungarian  Village community, a growing nationalist-racist policy, financial cuts and closures of schools and not least resigned Roma parents and students. At the same time, the film paints loving and unvarnished portraits of Roma adolescents, who seek their way in a world of misery and prejudice with wit and vitality.

” We are angry and we are hungry “

An absolutely worth seeing film, which does not show the Buddhist inspiration and practice as withdrawn monastic exercises, but in the middle of everyday life.