“Suffering comes from my attachment and my inability to let go, my ego and this strong sense of I”.
This week on the Curiosity & Consciousness podcast I’m joined by former Buddhist Monk, Visu Teoh.
Visu has been leading lovingkindness (metta) and insight meditation (vipassana) retreats in Asia and Europe for many years. He and his wife Barbara divide their time between his home island in Penang, Malaysia and Ulm in Germany. Visu was a journalist and then a Buddhist monk for 17 years before he returned to the lay life in 2003.
Visit Visu’s website here.
Visu shared so much knowledge during our conversation. I learnt about some of the Buddhist teachings on a recent retreat that I attended with Visu, they made so much sense to me, so it was great to follow up and chat some more.
We have so much power over our minds, we are not helpless, we always have a choice but if we don’t learn to cultivate a more ‘constructive’ way of thinking, we will fall into habits of ‘destructive’ thinking.
He talks about the power of mindfulness and meditation in helping us to learn to become the observer of ourselves and our thoughts, and learn to see them as just thoughts!