Public lecture by Lama Ole Nydahl in Immenstadt

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During his stay at the Europe Center, Lama Ole Nydahl gave a public lecture about “Buddhism Today – The Nature of Mind” in the sold-out Immenstadt town hall, the Hofgarten.

In front of a crowd of 840 listeners, he emphasized the closeness of Buddhism and science, on how today’s research of molecular physics and neurophysiology actually proves Buddha’s timeless, over 2500 year old teachings to be true more and more. Buddha wanted his students not to believe without checking, but to know and experience themselves.

In the foyer of the sold-out lecture hall, Buddhist generosity was spontaneously put to practice: many of Lama Ole’s students from Immenstadt returned their tickets in order to enable people who came for the first time or from very far away to get a seat.

After the lecture and answering the audience’s questions, Lama Ole gave blessing to everyone for hours and then joined the party in the town palace of Immenstadt, open to everyone interested.

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The meditation weeks turned out to be the first weeks of spring – with blossoming flowers and birds singing everywhere.

Besides meditating outside, we found many ways to make the best of mild conditions – and surely the pictures can do the talking themselves!

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Stupas are Buddhist monuments symbolizing the enlightened mind as well as the life of Buddha. They can be found all over Tibet, and many have been built in the West over the last decades, e.g. in Spain, Greece, Germany, Russia and Austria last year.

Every stupa contains relics and a “life tree” covered with mantras – the heart of a stupa. This central axis stands for different aspects of the wisdom of a Buddha. As with every element of a stupa, there are certain requirements concerning which tree is suitable to be used as a life tree. According to the detailed traditional instructions, Lama Ole chose a tree from the EC forest on his birthday for the next stupa to be built in Sofia, capital of Bulgaria.

Afterwards, he spontaneously gave a lecture in the Baucafé for the many friends who came along to the forest for cutting the lifetree.

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Happy birthday, Lama Ole!

March 19th, 2014

We could not have been happier that Lama Ole spent his 73rd birthday with us at the Europe Center – and started it by guiding the morning meditation on his teacher and the root of Diamond Way Buddhism in the West – the 16th Karmapa.

After answering our questions, Lama Ole chose and cut a tree from the Europe Center’s forest to be used as the life tree, or the central axis, of the future Sofia stupa, a Buddhist monument symbolizing enlightenment.

In the evening, the teams presented their work, vision and plans for the future of the EC. Thanking Lama Ole for everything he has done and is doing around the world, we dedicated our work at the EC to our teacher as a birthday present.

Thank you dearest Lama, and may you keep sharing your wisdom, humour and experience with the world for many years to come!

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Our ECTV team took advantage of Lama Ole’s visit to conduct interviews with him and the many friends visiting this week.

During events like the Meditation Weeks, space is at a premium, so the team transformed the villa gompa into a well-lit video studio, equipped with professional equipment on loan from our local filmmaker friends.

During two days of shooting, numerous English, German and Russian speaking friends gave short interviews to be used in a short film about Diamond Way Buddhism around the world, and Caty and Lama Ole generously gave us time for interviews on the function of Buddhist centers, the upcoming statue exhibition at the EC in June, and a short message for our friends in America.

Keep an eye on our ECTV YouTube channel or our Facebook page to see what comes of the footage we shot!

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Welcome home, Lama Ole!

March 12th, 2014

Touring through Israel, Russia, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa since the beginning of 2014, Lame Ole had been away from the EC for two months.

In these two months, the new buildings have grown impressively, so he jumped right out of the car from the airport to take a walk around the construction site – and came home right in time to check out the completely restored towers and dormer windows which were put back to their old places on the barn’s roof – now with new wooden tiles and shiny new copper on top.

Many friends came to join the ongoing meditation weeks and welcome Lama Ole home for 10 days of retreat at the EC.

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Diligent, happy helpers

March 10th, 2014

Running a long event like the Meditation Weeks wouldn’t be possible without our generous visitors lending a hand with the kitchen work, the cleaning and the work outside.

Once again, countless helpers provided an impressive example of how to put one of the 6 Liberating Actions (skt. paramitas), joyful effort, into action. Dancing while chopping veggies in the kitchen, singing while cleaning the showers, or chatting to friends while sweeping the courtyard – apparently everyone had a great time running our Europe Center together for the benefit of so many!

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Meditation Weeks

March 9th, 2014

The Meditation Weeks at the Europe Center is our annual tradition around February and March, to make the most of the winter (or what is usually winter in Allgäu…) by meditating together inside and spend some time with friends.

Since it turned out to be more spring than winter, we even meditated outside overlooking the lake. For the last ten days of these five weeks, we had the wonderful opportunity to meditate directly in our teacher’s energy field – Lama Ole and friends from all over the world arrived. Although he was in a working retreat during the day, Lama Ole still guided several of the morning meditation sessions on the 16th Karmapa.

Lay Buddhist teachers gave detailed explanations about the meditation practices of Ngöndro and the Guru Yoga on the 8th Karmapa for those who have finished the Four Foundational Practices. Once again we experienced the energy created by lots of people meditating together – strengthening not only our personal practice, but the place and our friendship. So let’s do it again next year in our big new gompa!

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Carnival in Immenstadt

March 7th, 2014

In large parts of Germany, it is very old tradition to celebrate “Fasching” or Carnival – dressing up to chase away the demons of winter. So of course, not only our kids joined the fun!

There were lots of interesting creatures having a party in the Baucafe all afternoon: tigers eating rolls watching the others go wild instead of being too dangerous themselves, flamenco dancers, bears, leopards and tree lions, princesses and elves eating lots of sausages and cake, and pirates playing table soccer amongst others.

Later on, we joined the parade in Immenstadt – and were very impressed with the floats, full of smurfs, pirates, witches and other more or less scary creatures. The party in the Immenstadt city palace continued until late at night, proving once again that Immenstadt really knows how to celebrate!

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Winter? What winter…!?!

February 27th, 2014

The winter of 2013/2014 will be remembered for quite a while in Allgäu: at least until the end of February, there was hardly any snow worth mentioning, accompanied by very mild temperatures.

Considering that we’re used to six to seven months of constant snow here, this is really remarkable. The skiing industry is not so amused, but there is a very good side to this mild winter as well: our new buildings are growing by the hour! Quite the opposite of the break for weather that the builders planned on.

On some of the pictures it’s clear that there is far more snow across the Alpsee; the EC is literally on the sunny side of the lake. Almost every light snowfall at the EC is followed by enough sun to quickly melt it all away.

So not only is our gompa inside the barn progressing as planned, one wing of the new building has already risen to its final height – basement, ground floor and 1st floor. On some pictures you can already get a glimpse of the view of the villa you’ll have from the new building’s rooms.

Since the ground is not frozen at all, it was even possible for the excavators to dig really deep in the courtyard, right in front of the villa, in order to install some sewage pipes. Only two days later, the ground was smooth and level again.

Oh, and remember the brick-cleaning action last autumn, scrubbing each single one of the bricks from the old barn? Now they are already in their new place, gracing the walls in the entrance area of the Brasserie on the ground level of the “new/old” barn. Their surface will be treated a little bit more to get an even more beautiful, rustic look, restoring some of the old-barn-atmosphere to our new dining area.

So we hope you will enjoy these impressions of our growing Europe Center!

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