The new building is coming to life…

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High time for a sneak peek inside the new building: some of the rooms already look kind of ready to move in…

Okay, they only look like they are for now, but one can get a way better idea of what it will be like inside our new EC home: many walls have been painted, the wooden oak floor is already in place pretty much everywhere, the bathroom walls are being tiled and the sinks installed, or one can even get excited about switches and plugs that are … uhmmm… almost functioning already. ;)

The interiors surely are going to develop quickly now until the inauguration of the new building with Gyalwa Karmapa on August 2nd. We’ll keep you updated!

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EC spring would not be EC spring without some good friends from the neighboring sanghas keeping with tradition to come for a weekend of fun and helping to thoroughly clean the EC Villa.

No spider web is high enough not to be spotted, no gap too narrow to be cleaned – now the villa is really shining right in time for the statue exhibition starting on May 31st at 15:00. Every Sunday afternoon until June 28th, the Villa will be open to visitors to admire the precious Buddhist statue art on display in the monument-protected, century-old Art Nouveau building. As is tradition, the statue exhibition is going to be topped off by the annual Classical Music Summer Matinée under the arcades of Gut Hochreute on June 28th at 11am.

And last but not least, with a weekend of crawling under them, screwing and welding broken parts, our utility vehicles were well taken care of in order to be ready for the Summer course build-up and countless drives up and down the mountain transporting people and cargo wherever needed.

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The EC has grown over the last year and the Summer Course will grow this year. Lucky enough, this year for the first time we had much more space to host the friends and for the team to have meetings all over the place.

Since the Summer Course is going to take place one week earlier than usual this year and we will be able to welcome H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, Jigme Rinpche, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl along with many guests for the inauguration of the new buildings and two weeks packed with program, many details in its organization need to be adapted accordingly.

But that’s by far not the only thing that will be very different this year. In time for the course, the rooms in the new building are going to be ready for use. And what better way to inaugurate them on a practical level than by hosting our highest teachers in their new rooms and friends from all over the world doing their Summer course teams’ work for the course inside of them! There will be meeting rooms, laundry kitchen, accommodation and more for parts of the team in the new building.

Also nice to know for everyone coming for the summer course: our beautiful new gompa will be open for everyone to do their personal meditation practice also during the course. Below on the ground floor, the course’s Dharma shops of the course will transform our Pub into a shopping paradise.

The Summer Course team is ready for the building-up weekends and warmly invites everyone to join them for the joyful building up of 2015′s International Summer Course at the Europe Center!

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Beautiful EC Spring

May 17th, 2015

Every year around May, the Allgäu region turns yellow for a few weeks, with a few white and pink spots in between. By popular demand, here’s our annual blog post celebrating the beauty of nature coming back to life. We let the pictures do the talking!

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The terraces above the Europe Center are getting a new look: many apple trees have been planted over the past weeks, lining the paths leading up to the summer course plateau. This will give the plateau a beautiful park-like atmosphere, protect the slopes from landslides and provide shading for the tents.

Even in the pouring rain, our sangha friends dug holes, put wire fence protection for the roots, carefully put the young trees into the ground, protecting the stems with covers and tying them to wooden poles so they will stay in place in any kind of Allgäu weather. We are looking forward to lots of beautiful white and pink apple blossoms on our hill next spring. For the apples, we might still have to wait another year or two. ;)

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To support the construction works, our sangha is taking over quite a few jobs as well by now. Doing what is possible ourselves saves thousands of Euros – and it’s fun as well!

As soon as the weather conditions allowed, the works for our future terrace in front of the barn started, measuring the area, preparing the base and drilling huge screws into the ground. Every weekend, the construction site of the new building is tidied up and cleaned.

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When the 14th Shamarpa Mipham Chokyi Lodro passed into Parinirvana last summer, many of his students expressed the wish to organize a Transmission Weekend at the EC about him – with some of the people closest to Rinpoche, who could recount many inspiring stories about his life and tireless work for the dharma and all beings.

We invited Trinlay Rinpoche, following the wish of Lama Ole, to come visit the Europe Center for the first time, and to share his memories of his teacher, Shamar Rinpoche, together with Maggie Lehnert-Kossowski and Manfred Seegers. Trinlay Tulku Rinpoche was born in France to an American mother and French father. Recognized as an incarnate lama at the age of two, he was raised by some of the last century’s greatest Tibetan masters. Amongst many others, he frequently teaches in the European and American Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, in particular in the Bodhipath centers founded by the late Shamar Rinpoche.

Effortlessly explaining highest traditional Buddhist teachings and philosophy with the help of vivid examples taken from our everyday lives in the West, Rinpoche had pretty much everybody glued to their place for four lectures and meditations. We would like to thank him very much for sharing his memories of Shamar Rinpoche, his deep knowledge and a lot of laughs with us – and we hope to see him again soon!

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White Easter at the EC

April 7th, 2015

In the Allgäu region it is said that winter lasts “from O to O” – from “October” to “Ostern (Easter)”. This weather proverb seemed to prove correct.

While the Europe Center was pretty much deserted due to the course in Kassel with Lama Ole Nydahl, our Easter eggs fell from the sky in fluffy, white crystal form this year, giving us just another opportunity for some beautiful photographic impressions. We hope you enjoy them!

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After weeks of preparing to welcome friends from around the world for the first Transmission Weekend of 2015 with Lama Ole, the day had come to put our new gompa and everyone in and around it to a big test. Let’s cut it short about the result and let the pictures do the talking: it was crowded, crazy, cozy and.. is there another word for “wonderful” starting with a “c”?

“Entering the Diamond Way” is one of two autobiographies written by Lama Ole Nydahl about how Diamond Way Buddhism came to the West. Must-reads for any practitioner, the stories in the books of course come to life even more by being recounted directly by Lama Ole and friends who shared the experiences of the pioneer times – following the tradition of oral transmission in the Karma Kagyü Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

After days of giving lectures and answering questions, Lama Ole spent 11 (!) consecutive hours in the meditation hall – giving the final lecture, meditating with his students, and finally giving blessing and answering his students personal questions for hours and hours, until also the very last one of the hundreds patiently lining up for blessing and advice got his individual attention. We could not be more thankful for yet another great gift like this weekend and all the memories and experiences shared with us. Thank you, Lama Ole!

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There was one thing we really wished for prior to the Transmission Weekend – sunny weather, which would enable everyone to spend time outside and simply spread out across the grounds of the EC. Well – we got a sun eclipse to watch on Friday, but then the cloudy skies delivered everything from fog to rain and snow over the weekend!

However – with a lot of creativity, flexibility, patience and joy, everyone got their delicious meals, found a (sometimes rather unusual) place to eat, and simply made the best of the breaks in between the lectures with Lama Ole and the Diamond Way teachers: talking to old and new friends from the other end of the world while queuing for food or coffee, meditating, circumambulating the stupa, grabbing some mini jobs to help running the event, and, and, and…

Looking at the happy faces and the feedback we got, everyone had a great weekend that showed clearly how important it is that we have our new, bigger Europe Center now, and how much joy it brings along!

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