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  • My business as usual with China

    In November 2021 at the annual meeting of the Europa Forum Lucerne, a coalition of civil society organisations published the ‘Lucerne Manifesto on the People’s Republic of China’, which, summarised in one sentence, says it is time to end business as usual concerning China. The … read more

  • So I'm meditating. Looks like I've become one of those people in their 40s

    For almost a year now, almost every day in the evening before dinner or before going to bed I do meditation, about 30 minutes. Pretty much every day I take my zabuton and my pillow out from under the bed, sit in front of the Buddha statuette (the one in the photo, beautiful, it is from the 1980s, … read more

  • In praise of the Small Place

    It seems that in recent years we have been going through one tragedy after another. The perception of the past is always sugarcoated but objectively since 2020 the world as a whole has changed, for the worse. Every day it seems that things are getting worse, in different areas: climate crisis, wars, … read more

  • My son in 0.8%

    In August 2015 my son was not yet two years old and having seen him strange for a while, we had a check-up and it was confirmed that he was epileptic. Now, you will understand that this is not exactly news one wants to hear, especially if the only things one knows about epilepsy come from the films, … read more

  • Kinda Buddhist

    When I say that I’m kinda Buddhist, I mean first of all that culturally and philosophically I agree with the basic principles of Buddhism, namely the Four Noble Truths. Pain is inherent to life; that also affects moments of satisfaction and serenity, as they are themselves impermanent. Pain is not … read more

  • Left? Let's say so

    I am not leftist in the economic sense of the word, I mean, I think the free market is a beautiful thing. From a social point of view, however, I consider myself very progressive, since always. For example, I have always been in favour of marriage and adoption for gay people, even when it was a … read more

  • Sweet Home Ticino

    When from the south I pass through Chiasso customs or from the north I come out of the Gotthard tunnel, I have that afterthought that says ‘ohh good, I’m finally back’. I consider this a good indicator that, yes, I feel at home here, in Ticino. This is my home, the place I have … read more