The first of our Transmission Weekends in the new gompa had to be a very, very special one – and it was. Lama Ole Nydahl, Maggie Lehnert-Kossowski, Caty Hartung and Tomek Lehnert shared their memories and lessons learnt of the times with one of the greatest Lamas of our time bringing Buddhism to the West – the late Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche.
For the first time in seven years, our happy event management did not have to worry about fitting everyone into the lecture hall. 800 people who had come for all over Europe easily found their places in our new gompa. For the photo presentations, the two big screens gave everyone front row seats.
Opening the weekend with a lecture about the importance of the student-teacher relationship in Diamond Way Buddhism, Tomek shared inspiring stories from four decades and his countless travels with Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche, Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl. The next day, Tomek’s sister Maggie, Rinpoche’s personal attendant of more than 20 years, had a very special guest in the audience listening and contributing to her shared memories of his teacher – Lama Ole! Later on also together with Caty and Tomek, they brought Rinpoche and his blessing touchingly close to everyone present, no matter if people still had met Rinpoche personally or not.
Once again, it became very clear why the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism is the lineage of unbroken oral transmission going back without interruption to Buddha Shakyamuni himself. There are so many stories full of fascination, blessing and transmission that books could simply not transmit so intensely!
We would very much like to thank Lama Ole, Maggie, Caty and Tomek for everything they shared, all friends present for coming and helping with making this weekend as unforgettable as it was!