Dingeman Boot (1934) is a 'city monk' and gives courses and retreats in yoga and meditation. He has a rich spiritual life and has spent a total of more than six years in retreat. He found inspiration in yoga and the Hindu philosophical movement advaita vedanta, vipassana and zen. For the past 20 years he has been practicing Tibetan dzogchen, which he considers a continuation of vipassana.
The conversation is about his journey and unity experiences and feeling the connection with nature. 'Becoming one with what you really are. The Buddha nature expresses itself in love. Everyone has an urge to achieve wholeness. Not everyone is aware of that. You can't force anything, but you can open to it. When you want to do something yourself, you get in your way'.
Dingeman looks back on his spiritual journey with great emotion. 'It was a long journey, I was hard-learned. But in the end it has brought me a lot of peace and tranquility. Sometimes I think: what did I do to deserve this? I could cry with gratitude." He still meditates and experiences a fairly relaxed way of being on a daily basis. "It's okay, even if it's not okay, it's okay."
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His book was published in February 2021 'Come to peace, come to be' (Asoka). In this book he takes the reader on his spiritual journey, in seven stages and on the basis of 49 life lessons.