Returning home to the Europe Center for the first time after the gompa inauguration in August, Lama Ole Nydahl did not waste any time, making the most of our new space immediately…
He had dinner with everyone who came for the ongoing meditation days and answered questions, inspected every corner of our new building, guided the evening meditation on the 16th Karmapa, gave blessing to everyone and continued the evening answering even more questions for hours – and did prostrations in the gompa the next morning, together with many of his students.
We would like to express our deepest gratitude to Lama Ole for his blessing and tireless work for the benefit of all – without him, we would not be here today. In his own words, here is what Lama Ole said about the Europe Center on this occasion:
»The buildings which last are the ones built with devotion, by people who were really open to something of great importance, greater than their own lives, and at the same time they were doing it for the benefit of everybody.
And this is what we have here now. We can really be proud of this place. What I have seen today and how it is functioning goes beyond anything I could have imagined. It is because there is a deeper meaning behind it, a deeper openness, the idea of benefiting others, today and also into the future.
This is why this here is standing today so nicely and fitting so well. I am very happy and deeply impressed. It is a new dimension and will give depth, quantity and quality to our work. It shows that we really know what the Dharma is worth. When we put so much into creating something like this, it shows how important it is.
So thank you, all of you who did something, all of you who plan to do something, all of you who support – thank you very, very much!
We here have the finest of frames for developing our countless enlightened qualities. May waves of human development radiate from our hundreds of centers and inspire the world. Above all, may we be torches of freedom and bless our societies in every way.«