Summer Course 2017: Day 9

In the morning, it was time to say goodbye to Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, with lots of thankfulness and joy from all of us here at the EC.

16 Karmapas Exhibition

We are happy to share this year's exhibition in the gompa tent with you: very brief but at the same time deeply inspiring insights into the lives of the 16 Karmapas, the heads of the Karma Kagyü Lineage.

Summer Course 2017: Day 8

On Monday Sherab Gyaltsen gave the Sojong vows for the coming 24 hours to those who wished to take it. What followed was an intense day of meditation practice and an enriching experience of acting with greater awareness than usual.

Summer Course 2017: Day 7

Two empowerments given by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche in one weekend: today, we received the initiation into the main protector of the Karma Kagyu Lineage: Black Coat (Skt. Mahakala).

Summer Course 2017: Day 6

Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche today gave us the great gift of an empowerment into his own main meditation aspect: Loving Eyes (Skt. Avalokiteshvara, Tib. Chenrezig), the Compassion of all Buddhas.

A Mantra Wheel for the EC

Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche inspected the Europe Center's "Porter's Lodge" this morning. The little house next to the old entrance gate is to become the home of a big prayer wheel.

Summer Course 2017: Day 5

It would be wonderful to be able to share all the precious teachings we are getting every single day at the moment from Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl…

Summer Course 2017: Day 4

Besides the precious teachings we are getting from the lamas, there is of course even so much more to the Summer Course than that. For example, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche goes for a walk almost every day

Summer Course 2017: Day 3

Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche gave his first in a series of lectures this morning. Rinpoche taught about Shine (Skt. Shamatha) meditation and emphasized on the 5 major points for proper body position.
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Summer Course 2017: Day 2

Lectures, lectures, lectures… and quite a storm! Lama Ole answered boxes of questions in the afternoon while everybody tried to find their own way of dealing with 40+ degrees in the gompa tent.

Summer Course 2017: Day 1

10th International Summer Course at the Europe Center – here we go! Lama Ole Nydahl opened this year's course with a public lecture in German language on Monday night.

The Lamas are back in town!

It amazes us every time our teachers are at the Europe Center how suddenly things seem to flow so much easier. We are so lucky to have two whole weeks in their presence before us!

Building-up 2017: Done!

We celebrated the grand finale with a panel of Diamond Way teachers from Australia, the US and Israel and a fun Karaoke night in the pub!

Building up the Summer Course

We will let the pictures do the talking about how much fun it was and would like to thank all helpers involved!

Stupa birthday

When he inaugurated the 7 Swiss Stupas in 2001, Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche advised that the sangha should come together every year to celebrate the stupas’ “birthdays” together.

Activity weekends

Would you like to come for helping at the Europe Center? Our new activity weekends are a wonderful way to discover the EC and take part in the joyful activity indoors and outdoors.

Jazz Matinée

From Classical music to classic Jazz: our annual Matinée returned in new form after we took a break for a year.

Lama Ole meets with the EC Sangha

As is tradition in most Diamond Way Buddhist centers around the world, the EC team also got a chance to meet with the Lama to clarify issues, ask questions and advice, and to get blessing for their center activities.

Faces of the Transmission Weekend

We let the pictures do the talking if everybody had an amazing weekend or not…

Transmission Weekend with Lama Ole Nydahl

Lama Ole definitely gave us more than anyone could have expected: Mahamudra teachings by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, the Ganges Mahamudra by the great Mahasiddha Tilopa…

Lama Ole is back in the forest…

Following one of his oldest EC traditions, Lama Ole took to the Europe Center's own woods to cut some life trees.

Welcome Home Lama Ole

After more than half a year of retreat and traveling (which seemed like half an eternity to us here at the EC) Lama Ole Nydahl finally returned to the Allgäu – for a highly anticipated Mahamudra Transmission Weeke

Building up for the Transmission Weekend

Since Lama Ole had been gone so long, many hundreds of people registered for the Transmission Weekend, and we did our best to prepare things in a way that everybody would have a great time despite the "masses"…

Remembering Hannah Nydahl

Only a few days after we purchased the Europe Center, Hannah Nydahl, often referred to as the mother of Buddhism in the West, passed away on April 1, 2007.

10 Years Anniversary Celebrations

Time to celebrate! Lama Ole joined us via Skype and we browsed through 10 years of Europe Center history for a whole weekend…

10 Years Contract Signing Anniversary

Back in March 2007, the contract of purchase for Gut Hochreute aka. the Europe Center was signed and sealed!

Diamond Way Teachers’ Meeting at the EC

As every year, the Diamond Way teachers from all over the world came to the Europe Center for a long weekend of exchange.

Statue filling course

For the first time, an open statue filling course took place in the big Europe Center gompa, creating an unprecedented surrounding for this precious activity.

Teachings with Lena Leonteva

Diamond Way teacher Lena Leonteva from Moscow shared her inspiring and extensive knowledge of the Karma Kagyu lineage's history with us for a whole weekend.

Winter Wonderland 2017

The Allgäu region hasn't seen this much snow for a few years – the whole Europe Center is magical all around. 🙂 We hope you enjoy the beautiful pictures!