modern-dharma.net

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in general

Here is something new. This is everyday dharma reporting from this cushion. I’m starting this blog while in fall practice somewhere on the west coast of the united states. Life situations today include communicating and connecting with a sangha at large in ways that are specific to our age. The internet is one.

I was encouraged and inspired recently to reflect on how the dharma adapts to the western world, to our culture and customs. The dharma is compatible with every existing religion and it could enrich many existing spiritual traditions in the west. Since the arrival of the first teachers in the last centuries many aspects of our life have been changed (consciously or inconsciously) by the buddhist practice. Psychotherapy, healing arts, yoga, meditation etc. People just don’t put the name on it but the source is pretty obvious.

In Tibet there’s no word for buddhist. The translation is something like ‘internalist’, someone who deals with the inside. That’s pretty good and I tend to avoid using the word Buddhist myself in daily life. Either I’m in the company of other buddhists and we’re connected pretty well or I’m in the company of non-buddhists and stereotypes abound. Most people still think meditation is the annihilation  of thoughts. This would be nihilistic. And meditation is not the only facet of practice. Much education is necessary in the modern world.

Which is why I have started modern-dharma.net

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arno

Team Eurotrashers Wins #2 At Vineman

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in race

The Eurotrashers relay team earned a #2 spot in their age group at Vineman in Sonoma, California on July 31 2010.

Fabian Kremkus did a great time in the 2.4mi swim in the Russian River, Stuart McDougal delivered an efficient 112mi ride and Arno Kroner ran a 26.2mi in 83F heat. Good job everyone!

Surfing wetsuits, marshmallows and speedos do get results! There has been talks of a silver medal with the engraving: “Eurotrashers Are Almost The Best”.

See also “The Tri Relay Run” article.

The Tri Relay Run

Written by arnokroner on . Posted in race, running

Now what about running in a triathlon relay team? I have done a fair amount of running in triathlon teams, individually and in the Disney Triteam. We did win some medals in relays (we might have to collect an extra medal at Vineman now!). Being a runner in the Disney team at Alcatraz was my first exposure to the fun of triathlon and it got me hooked to the sport.

There are two types of runs in triathlon, short course triathlon runs (Sprint, Olympic triathlons) and long course triathlon runs (ITU long distance, half iron, full iron). The issues and the strategies are different for each run category (and of course for each athlete).

Aspects that the two types of run share are timing and transition. Although the wait is shorter in sprint distances it is as important to manage the pre-run well in terms of arousal, warm-up, equipment and nutrition.

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