Weekend with Lama Ole Nydahl

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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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Big Centers Meeting

March 1st, 2016

For our third exchange of big Diamond Way Buddhist Centers at the EC, friends came from e.g. Moscow, Prague, Heidelberg, Braunschweig, Zurich and Hamburg.

Due to the weekend with Lama Ole just one week later and judging from the number of attendants, it was a rather small weekend. However, the exchange of experiences of how to run a big Buddhist center, the stories like the one of the successful purchase of the new huge center in Moscow were intense and interesting none the less with lots to learn from each other. With the questions of decision making in democratic and/or meritocratic ways all around in the centers for the last months, it became even more interesting to hear how these topics are dealt with depending on the conditions of the respective center. To round everything off in the best way, we spent most of Sunday meditating together.

We would very much like to thank the friends who came to share their experience with us!

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Everyday Life – The EC Way

February 29th, 2016

Just because there are no big events in February doesn’t mean there is nothing going on at the Europe Center…

As a matter of fact, there is a whole lot going on in every corner of the house! With snow and rain outside, it gets even more of a warm cozy feeling inside. Lots of time to talk to friends and goof around with them, preparing blessing strings and planning the organization of the event with Lama Ole in March, getting to know visitors from overseas who decided to come at a more quiet time, cooking and eating together…  and of course lots of time to meditate, meditate and meditate!

And last but definitely not least, may we introduce our very youngest resident to you? Little Thore was born at home in the Europe Center on the auspicious day of Guru Rinpoche‘s enlightenment. :)

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Stupa Inauguration in Renchen-Ulm

February 28th, 2016

February marked the historical inauguration of the world’s first relic Stupa of Shamar Rinpoche at the Bodhi Path Center in Renchen-Ulm, Germany.

Following the kind invitation by the Bodhi Path Sangha, many members of the Europe Center team drove to Renchen-Ulm to help and take part in this very special celebration, honoring the second highest teacher of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, whose last incarnation passed away in this very place during the summer of 2014. Shamar Rinpoche’s relics are now preserved under an elegant pavilion-like roof structure in a golden Stupa, all surrounded by a beautiful garden for meditation. Meditating close to relics of highly realized teachers like Shamar Rinpoche is considered to be very powerful in Buddhism.

With hundreds attending the ceremony, the inauguration was conducted by Shamar Rinpoche’s brother Jigme Rinpoche, who also taught at a meditation course ringing in the festivities. After the inauguration, colorful balloons with wishes for the benefit of all beings and especially for Shamar Rinpoche’s swift rebirth were released into the skies above Renchen-Ulm.

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Welcome, Fire Monkey!

February 9th, 2016

Welcome to the new Tibetan year, the year of the male fire monkey! Chinese astrology promises for this year to be a rather challenging one for the world and, at the same time, full of opportunity to succeed by applying patience as well as creativity.

So why not celebrate the New Year with a traditional Nepali and Tibetan dinner: momos! For a whole afternoon, the EC team including the kids came together in the kitchen to prepare 800 (!!!) of these steamed dumplings with filling. Traditionally, momos are prepared with minced meat filling. Our creative chefs also offered delicious vegetarian versions for the festive dinner.

So – may you all enjoy a free, peaceful, healthy, happy and meaningful year of the Fire Monkey, wether you believe in astrology or not! ;)

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Eagle Eye View

February 1st, 2016

These aereal views taken by a friend’s quadrocopter are not the end of the line just yet…

Have a look at the stunning 360° panoramas of the Europe Center on this website. Just click on the little dots to go to the next panorama view and enjoy your flight across the Europe Center and the Great Alpsee lake or fly up to the Summer Course plateau in deep snow to take a look down on the EC from there!

http://www.spaceandviews.net/wp-content/uploads/panos/ec/20160119winterpano/index.html

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Continuing our process of finding new and improving old ways of decision making and team building, the local EC sangha met for another big center meeting.

This is taking place once per month now, providing the opportunity for most sangha members, who might not be able to join the weekly center meetings on Wednesdays, to take part in talking about important decisions that need to be made and to inspire each other.

After the annual foundation meeting with Lama Ole in Amden/Switzerlandat the very beginning of the year, the connection and processes involving both the restructured Diamond Way Buddhism foundation as well as the Europe Center were an important topic. Several of the foundation board members came to join the meeting in order to report from Amden and exchange with the whole EC team.

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Winter Wonderland Is Back

January 18th, 2016

For several years in a row, winter in the Allgäu region is not quite reaching up to its original reputation of the snow staying uninterruptedly for around 6 to 7 months each year.

But at the end of January after some spring-like days when Lama Ole was stopping by, Winter wonderland came back along with blue skys – we hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as we did taking them!

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