STOPPING – How to Stop the World – Ways to Meditation

For movies about meditation, you may be divided. In any case, documentaries that accompany people on their journey make me curious. So I was in the cinema yesterday afternoon and watched STOPPING – How to stop the world .

STOPPING … is a film about meditation, its forms and practice. He accompanies four fairly “normal” people, between Berlin and London, who are in great demand in everyday life and therefore seek the silence and tranquility of meditation. In retreating to themselves, in focusing on the elemental, they want to find the strength for their everyday lives.

There is, for example, Friedrich, an anesthetist from Berlin. He travels to the Allgäu and gets to know vipassana meditation in the Buddha House. Dorothea, an editor at a scientific publishing house, attends an eight-week MBSR course in London – a mindfulness meditation to reduce stress. Uta, mother of three, wants to be more relaxed with her children. Through anthroposophical meditation she discovers the living in everyday life. Nico, a theologian, visits a Zen sesshin in the Schönböken monastery north of Lübeck. There he practices zazen, the practice of sitting still.

Amongst others, Bahnte Nyanabodhi, Dr. Paul H. Köppler, Fred von Almen, Agnes Hardorp and Thomas Mayer, Ludger Tenryu Tenbreul, Marie Mannschatz and Father Anselm Grün. The beauty is the great simplicity, which all describe as the basis, as the essence of meditation.

The ideas and wishes of meditation beginners or even reports of other meditators, I always find exciting. Interesting was, inter alia, a statement by Friedrich from Berlin at the beginning of the film. On the way to Vipassana meditation in the Buddha House, he wondered if the class could raise too many questions about whether meditation could question his whole life. His answer, whether he wanted that, was clearly “no.”


I remembered a saying by Zen master Roland Yuno Rech, who insists on discovering the true dimension of zazen (meditation). He says, “There is the Dharma of Samsara, and there is the Dharma of Nirvana. In the Dharma of samsara, we are still concerned with personal well-being and a self-serving purpose of meditation. But this well-being is fragile, limited, exposed to impermanence, and depends on the circumstances of the circumstances. The Dharma of Nirvana is the search for a deep liberation from samsara. This Dharma makes it possible to free us from the Three Poisons “.

I think every motivation is good for getting on the path of meditation. Almost everyone starts the quest out of necessity, may have arrived at the end of another path, is stressed, has a need for rest, and first of all wants more ease to come to life. And maybe at a later stage, the question arises of the next step, which can then be a true inner revolution …

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