Finally a solid basis for the Summer course kitchen tent!

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Many of our friends surely remember how much hard work it was every year to build up the floor for the Summer Course kitchen tent. Great news – that’s history now!

Just to mention the most infamous of all kitchen floor tasks, tens of thousands of screws had to be put in and taken out again each year to provide a solid basis for the industry-size course kitchen on the rather swampy grounds of the kitchen plateau. The old system was simply taking lots of time and material and needed a great amount of helpers.

Therefore, based on the experience of 7 years, some friends developed a new system which is being put to practice for the first time this year.

A permanent basis in the ground is being installed. For this, 360 tubes with 360 huge screws of app. 1m length have to be put into drilled holes, app. 800 wooden beams have to be sawn to fitting length and connecting pieces have to be fixed on each beam. The beams will be dismantled and reinstalled every year, but the new system works without screws or metal angles.

Therefore, it will take a lot less time to build up the floor of the kitchen tent in the future.

We would very much like to thank the planners and the hard workers who braved pretty unpleasant weather conditions over the past weeks – and if you would like to still come and help, you are very welcome to do so!

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Recently we started to have a lecture by a Diamond Way Teacher every Saturday, and sometimes even for several lectures on one weekend.

Lama Ole Nydahl has asked more than 100 of his experienced students to travel and share their experience and knowledge of Diamond Way Buddhism around the world–the Diamond Way teachers.

We had the pleasure of welcoming teachers from Germany, Russia, Hungary, Israel, Slovenia, Italy and other countries over the past months, and many more of course still to come. Amongst others, the lecture topics were “Meditation, Action and View”, “The Sangha”, “The Student-Teacher-Relationship in Diamond Way Buddhism” and “The History of the Karma Kagyu Lineage”.

Please join us on Saturday evenings for the lectures and please check our Facebook page or event calendar for updates frequently!

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On the full moon day of May, Buddhists all over the world commemorate events of significance to Buddhists of all traditions: The birth, enlightenment and the parinirvana of Buddha Shakyamuni.

As Buddhism spread from India it was assimilated into many foreign cultures, and consequently Vesakh is celebrated in many different ways all over the world.

Thanks to superb weather, we were able to celebrate it with lots of meditation inside and outside, by making wishes for the good of all beings at the Stupa, as well as with a BBQ dinner (and watching soccer :) ) with lots of friends under the beautiful full moon shining over the EC.

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Welcome home, families!

May 10th, 2016

The so-called 2nd House of the Europe Center might not be the biggest of the buildings, but most certainly it’s one with a lot of life inside. It’s our family house. Come check it out!

Both resident and visiting families are bringing the old servants’ home of Gut Hochreute to life. With four families living there and often enough up to three more families visiting on the weekends or during the Summer Course, it might well be called courageous of two other single residents to live there as well – but they love it and so do we! :)

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Open House at the EC

April 24th, 2016

Whoever hadn’t seen the new Europe Center buildings got his or her chance at the Open House day with tours of the premises, the new buildings, the villa and of course the possibility to try a meditation as well. 

Surprise of the day was definitely the weather – all the fresh green and beautiful spring flowers sudenly got covered up with quite a few centimeters of snow! However, the Allgäu people say that there is no bad weather, there is just bad clothing! So the weather did not keep app. 500 visitors from checking out the EC and Diamond Way Buddhism!

Lots of lively exchange between visitors and Buddhists too place everywhere, with many questions answered and lots of laughter in between. Introductory talks and guided meditations in our beautiful meditation hall under the old roof of the barn were one option for the visitors, the guided tours of the old and new buildings were another. There was even the possibility for a glance through one of the open windows of the new building to get an impression of how the currently 38 inhabitants of the Europe Center live their everyday lives.

Of course, for those who missed this chance of getting to know the Europe Center and Diamond Way Buddhism and take part in a meditation, it is not too late: every Thursday at 7pm, anyone is welcome to join an introductory talk and the guided meditation in German language afterwards.

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To most of her many students and friends, Hannah Nydahl was not only an extraordinarily dedicated Buddhist practitioner and pioneer of Buddhism in the West, but also the epitome of kindness, compassion, wisdom and unconditional love for everybody.

She was often compared to the female Buddha aspect White Liberatrice (Skt. Sita Tara, Tib. Drolma Karmo or Drolkar). The weekend’s atmosphere somehow seemed to reflect this – dedicated meditation and love really were all around and clearly showed how her legacy is carried on in all our hearts.

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Remembering Hannah Nydahl

April 17th, 2016

For years it had been the strong wish of many to have a weekend of remembering and celebrating the life of Hannah Nydahl, and finally that wish came true. Close friends and students came to the EC to share their lively memories of an unforgettable woman – and Lama Ole guided a meditation on White Liberatrice via live streaming for his students around the world.

Hannah Nydahl was a student of H.H. the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the great Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche, and many other teachers. Together with her husband Lama Ole Nydahl, she helped to bring the authentic teachings of the Karma Kagyu to the West. She was traveling companion, translator, and friend to many high lamas including Shamar Rinpoche, Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche, Lama Jigme Rinpoche, and others. Hannah passed away on 1st April, 2007, after a six-month fight with cancer.

The barn was beautifully decorated with pictures of Hannah for the weekend (and actually, they are so beautiful that we just left them hanging after the weekend). After the deeply touching meditation with Lama Ole and wonderfully inspiring lectures about her life and her work, we celebrated what would have been Hannah’s 70th birthday with a festive dinner together.

One of the highlights of the weekend was most certainly the screening of the touching, award-winning film “Hannah – Buddhism’s Untold Story” in the cinema in Immenstadt on Sunday. You can get news about the Hannah film and watch the trailer here: www.hannahthefilm.com

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Weekend with Lama Ole Nydahl

March 28th, 2016

Finally!!! After some months of focusing on traveling and retreat, Lama Ole Nydahl returned to the Europe Center this weekend for a three day course. And as expected, hundreds of friends came from all over the globe to receive teachings.

After a lecture on Friday night, Lama Ole and his students spent Saturday meditating together, followed by Mahamudra teachings and lots of time to ask questions. The weekend ends the Meditation Days, where many students gathered at the EC for concentrated practice together during the week preceding the event.

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A weekend with more than 1.000 people attending the lectures by Lama Ole Nydahl obviously needs more than a bit of preparation and constant action “behind the scenes” – here’s just some of our unsung heroes making it all possible.

It all started weeks before with the coordinators meeting several times to prepare for the weekend. Planning the cooking, doing the grocery ordering and shopping, building up a big extra tent for the shoes and baggage, shuttling up and down the EC hill for days, organizing the flow of people for entering and exiting the gompa and queuing for food, taking care to keep everything clean all over the place, registering hundreds of friends for the event, selling things and giving information in the Dharma shop, taking pictures for this blog and the EC Facebook page, serving friends food, coffee and drinks almost around the clock… just to name a few.

Big thanks to the team and to all the wonderful guests who offered to take over a mini-job or two at the event’s job center – you are just wonderful!!

PS:: Oh, and then there was some very secret and even more joyful preparation going on as well – rehearsing the dance for the flash mob on Sunday, which the EC team performed as a surprise to thank all the visitors with for the great time we had with them once again!

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In the run-up to the big weekend with Lama Ole Nydahl, his close longterm student Tomek Lehnert gave a report on their recent tour to Nepal.

Maniwa Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche performed a fire puja and gave the Long Life Empowerment to Lama Ole Nydahl at the Maratika cave in north-eastern Nepal. In this place, Guru Rinpoche (skt. Padmasambhava) and his female consort Mandarawa received the Long Life empowerment from Buddha Tsepame and realized the meditation practice.

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