get to know ramona ruzan - advisor to zaltho germany

1. When and where was your first encounter with Buddhist practice?

I recall it to be 2012, the year I moved from Hamburg to Cologne, and I went to the Shambhala Center in Cologne on an open night where they teach meditation to newcomers. This was after I watched documentaries and read articles about Buddhism and the story of Siddharta Gautama, who became Shakyamuni Buddha.  

2. What do you like best about your Zen Buddhist practice?

Am I supposed to like something “best” about it?! ;) 

I appreciate it being so practical in daily life, and it enables me to engage with everyone and everything, I like that best. 

3. What has been a challenging aspect in your Zen Buddhist practice?

Being vulnerable and receiving direct feedback for my behavior and actions, and with that I mean positive and constructive.  

4. Name one thing you changed as a result of your Zen Buddhist practice?

 I stopped taking intoxicants.

5. What would be an ordinary moment in your daily life that feels truly joyful for you? 

When my cat Bodhi falls deep asleep while purring, laying spread out on my chest, and I won’t move, because I don’t want to wake him.

6. What is something that you are deeply grateful at this time?

That I have relationships in my life that are truly nourishing and supportive, thanks to my Zen Buddhist practice.