The Community of Practice
This is a peer 2 peer learning community where everyone is a teacher and a student at the same time. A certain structure is needed to contain the group, yet it is a dynamic structure co-created by its members in self-less service of knowing who you are.
The purpose of this learning community is to courageously dis-cover, experiment, and share experiences while diving inwards.
Research questions will be existential. Questions like:
Who am I? Where is my center? Do I have a center? What is the center in relation to the periphery? What is the relation between love and consciousness?
The approach is experimental, artistic and scientific. You are the subject and object of the experiments. Techniques which are based on ancient wisdom yet might be innovated, are tested and tweaked to serve the purpose. Traditions are honored and its wisdom distilled yet always questioned in the here and now. There is no right and wrong.
Frederik Ananda Vimal Krups
Born October 27, 1986 in Palo Alto, CA, USA
Raised near Solingen, NRW, Germany
And grew up mostly north of Copenhagen, Denmark
My Inner journey started with a break-down of identification with who I thought when I was, during high school, when I 18. The break down led to a deep inquiry into my own sexuality, truth and and asking the question who am I?
I was introduced to Kabir Jaffe, a therapist, teacher and neo-sanyassin, through my father, who guided the transformation and awakening I was going through. I went to India to Osho’s Meditation Resort, where I got into the dynamic meditations, more therapy and met people from the Therapeutic community, The Humaniversity in The Netherlands. I dove deeply into experimenting with the dynamic meditation, meditations from the book of secrets and other active meditations for the coming two years. I spent a year off and on at the humaniversity healing emotional wounds and feeling OK about my sexuality.
Kabir suggested I live in a conscious field and recommended Naropa University, I had resistance to going and wen to live in the Osho Mevlana Commune in Amsterdam with my friend Bastiaan.
It was here that I had my first climpse of who I am (or rather who I’m not), after having meditated intensely for years without any quantum leaps. This brought me into a peaceful, untouched and silent place a few cm beneath my belly-button.
I went deeper into this silent state by experimenting with jogging, yet was eventually pushed by life to find work.
I worked for the following year as first a dishwasher, then a cold-dish chef.
I was during that time that I met Rajneesh who further propelled my consciousness into the sky of light. Meeting Rajneesh, deepened my trust. It was he who gave me the name Ananda Vimal. I decided to go back to Denmark for some reason, where I got sucked into old patterns, made some mistakes, and had difficulties balancing the inner with the outer life.!
I fell low as High as I had risen and spent two years in a downward spiral only to slowly but steadily pull myself out and up of this hole.
I worked as a runner (on film sets) and stage builder a bit in Copenhagen, remembered Naropa University and apply to study there. I got accepted yet postponed the start for a year to integrate into the alternative scene in Copenhagen. Living in a shared house
I studied then went to study Tibetan Buddhism and Psychology in Boulder, CO, USA for the following 1,5 years. Building fences and testing software to make a living on the side. I went to weekly japanese tea ceremonies and dived deeply into buddhism. Not only the shambhla path, but I was in particular drawn to Dzogchen.
I went back to Europe on my summer holidays and decided to go to a sufi camp in the alps where I met someone who pointed out there was someone in the middle of Germany offering psychology internships. To students. I applied and did this Internship with Andreas Neerav Koch and lived in the Osho Parimal community for a year. I could not really find my footing professionally here so I decided to study art and Business at the Alanus Hochschule.
I got accepted, dropped Naropa, and studied art and business for a semester. I wanted to contribute to a movement and I somehow did not want to contribute to the student movement, so I was searching, and my ex-girlfriend asked to meet at Vlierhof which was and is an off-spring of the Global Eco-Village Movement.
I committed to staying here for the coming two to three years to transform the place and its community. Here i could apply all my studies practically. Learning about legal entities, finances, group dynamics, facilitation, governance, organizational development, entrepreneurship and the list goes on. I believe I attracted this place into my life while reading the book: my childhood with Gurdjieff, which is an account of Gurdjieff’s spiritual community outside Paris, France. The institute for the harmonious development of Man it was called.