More than 1,200 guests from the surrounding Allgäu towns came up last Sunday to celebrate a true milestone in the history of the Europe Center: the public presentation of our beautiful new gompa and the ground floor with dining area and shop.
The amount of interested guests by far exceeded our most optimistic expectations and apparently, everyone got the most out of the different offers: short introductory talks about Buddhism and meditation in the new meditation hall, yummy cake or Leberkässemmel, an Allgäu specialty, in the new cafeteria that used to be the cow stable, as well as guided tours across the land and the construction site and of course tours of our beautiful “old lady”, the EC Villa.
The most frequent question of the day with the answer causing great surprise and astonishment: “How was all this financed and how is it run and maintained?”
So it cannot be said or written often enough: At the Europe Center, no one involved in its running is being paid, everyone has their own income, job, family etc. The EC has been purchased, extended and maintained based on voluntary work, generous donations from all over the world, small membership fees and revenues from lectures and courses, as well as by the Diamond Way Buddhist Foundation (Buddhismus Stiftung Diamantweg). The foundation is an international non-profit organization preserving Buddha’s timeless wisdom in the West and making it available to modern people in their everyday lives.
This open house day touched us very much – once again it became so visible what can be achieved solely based on friendship and idealism.