Welcome to ‘Think & Thrive’

In this blog, the visitor can read about one of millions of possible worldviews. May it inspire you to define your own! Maybe we can even establish a fruitful exchange of ideas or a kind of discourse on certain topics! Feel free to leave comments! Thank you for visiting!

In the top menu you can find the following pages that show my posts in five main topics:

  • Observations – Reflections on daily life experiences and impressions. These posts often express my opinions and intuitions rather than any profound and substantiated knowledge.
  • Worldview – Here I post philosophical musings on what I believe this world and this life are about.
  • Philosophy Reading Project – A collection of discussions and reviews of several entries of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, sorted into 6 topic fields.
  • Science & Technology Ethics – With my professional background in this interdisciplinary domain, I sometimes write about ethical, social and/or environmental implications of science, technology, and innovation. In a submenu of this page, you also find lecture scripts of some of my university courses (nanotechnology, sustainability).
  • Buddhism – Highly interested in and committed to Buddhist philosophy, psychology, and life conduct, I share my dedication, insights, and experiences here.

Earlier versions of this blog were dedicated to my daughters Tsolmo and Ana. I separated that part from this blog and created another platform for it. If you are interested in reading about fatherhood, in recipes, in my DIY projects, or my daughters’ artworks, please visit my other blog at https://atsocastle.wordpress.com.

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What is “Magagpa”? It is the combination of serenity and emptiness. The mind is the source of all experiences and by changing the adjustment (or direction) of the mind we can change the quality of everything we experience and perceive. By transforming our mind, everything we perceive is transformed, like everything appears yellow when putting on yellow-stained glasses and blue with blue-stained glasses. Serenity (or clearness) can be understood as the creative aspect of the mind. All we perceive we perceive with the power of our awareness. The creative ability of our mind is truely unlimited. This creative aspect is the natural consequence of the unity of serenity (clearness) and emptiness (the knowledge that everything is empty of a “self”, empty of specific properties and aspects independent from everything else, impermanent and karmically interwoven into a network of conditionality). In Tibetian language this is called “magagpa“, which can be translated as unhinderedness, or sometimes as “power” or “ability”. The meaning in all cases is the same: the freedom of the mind to experience everything as it is, whatever it is.

Why do I choose that as my pseudonym? Seeing things clearly is my goal. Understanding the enormous consequences of emptiness is another goal. Everything is connected. The constant change that the whole world is “victim” of as long as causes have an effect leads to the phenomenon that no moment is the same as the previous moment. One moment is the reincarnation of the previous moment, but not the same. And it is different according to the conditions of the previous moment. Simple: if something “good” happens the next moment will be better than the previous one (this is known as “Karma”). What does that mean for our life? The only thing we have is this moment. Then it slips away and we have the next moment. Making this moment infinitely small we end up at: now! The only valid answer on “What is the time?” is “Now!”. And next to it, the only place that we can be at is “Here” (I think that is easy to understand). Sounds simple, but has a huge effect on daily life when applied seriously! I take the here-and-now-approach as the central aspect of “my” Philosophy. If I do it right, many of my posts will show elements of this worldview – for a little bit more magagpa.

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