Europe Center Mandala Tour 2016

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Europe Center Mandala Tour 2016

September 11th, 2016

Safe to say we’ve recovered from the Summer Course and its dismantling pretty much by now. More quiet times have come at the EC as every late summer – time to catch up with what’s been going around in and around Immenstadt!

It’s one of the local EC Sangha’s annual traditions to go on the so-called “Mandala tour” together: inviting the sangha friends for a drink and some snacks in one’s new (or not so new, also okay) home, or just joining the group moving from one flat in Immenstadt to the next, visiting often more than five places in one day. No matter how nice it is in one place (and they were all very nice!), after one hour the whole bunch moves on to the next stop.

It’s a great way to get settled in Immenstadt and to get know each other better, and it’s simply a whole lot of fun for everybody!

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To the friends who returned home straight after the Summer Course:
If possible, you might want to try to stay longer and help with the dismantling of the infrastructure next year…

Why? Not only because of the merit and the great atmosphere of joyful activity for the benefit of others, but also because the person helping you to carry that huge piece of wooden tent floor just might be – yes, Lama Ole!

Our tireless teacher gave the perfect example of unending diligence and strength once again, coming out of his retreat and helping with the dismantling on several occasions. And it broke records: taking the huge cafeteria tent floor to pieces took less than an hour!

On top, right before leaving the Europe Center almost a week after the course had ended, Lama Ole guided a meditation for the helpers who had worked all the past days and gave blessing.

We could not be more grateful to our always inspiring Lama and wish him all the best for his ongoing retreat! We will do our part and use as much time as possible for meditation as well!

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There must be quite some good karma involved when Lama Ole comes out from behind the curtain to surprise you on your birthday party – Tomek Lehnert most certainly has got that karma!

Lama Ole’s longterm student, travel companion and Diamond Way teacher turned 60 just a day after the Summer Course, and of course the Summer Course team joined forces with the EC team to throw him an appropriate birthday bash after Tomek guided the evening meditation.

Thousands of students had already signed his huge birthday card, filled a whole book with good wishes for Tomek and given generous donations during the course – we dare to say that Tomek was close to tears when he got his present and the card, along with a huge birthday cake, speeches by friends, acrobatic performances, a video presentation by Lama Ole’s wife Alexandra, and an invitation to be the DJ at his own party for the rest of the night.

As if that wasn’t enough already, Lama Ole made a surprise appearance to congratulate Tomek and joined the dancing afterwards.

Many happy returns, dearest Tomek – and thank you for being such an inspiration to thousands of people on their way to liberation and enlightenment!

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Rinpoche kept his promise: after a week of traveling in Europe, he returned to the EC to give us the initation into the Buddha of Limitless Life (Skt. Amitayus, Tib. Tsepame).

Amitayus is an emanation of the Buddha of Limitless Light, embodying a long life and health. His hands in meditation posture hold a vase with long life nectar with a flowering ashoka branch. Meditating on him enables one to realize the immortality of mind.

We would like to thank Lopon Dorji Rinpoche so much for giving us three precious empowerments and teachings at this year’s Summer course. We wish him all the best for his vast activity in and beyond Bhutan and are looking forward to hopefully welcoming him back to the EC soon!

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More joy, more meditation, more tents, more sun, more impressions from this year’s amazing International Summer Course at the Europe Center!

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Following an afternoon of inspiring presentations by Diamond Way Buddhist Centers and whole countries around the world, Lama Ole gave more precious Mahamudra teachings.

For centuries masters of the Kagyu lineage have taught the Great Seal in a variety of ways ranging from more systematic and gradual to intensely direct and experiential. Lama Ole delivers these teachings in a fresh and spontaneous manner that is both accessible and in keeping with the style and authenticity of the colorful Kagyu tradition.

‘The Ultimate Supreme Path of Mahamudra’ is another highly regarded text originally given by Lama Shang (or Lama Zhang), a charismatic, larger-than-life, and enlightened spiritual teacher. Lama Shang was also a highly effective military and political leader during a turbulent time in 12th century Tibet. He, like Lama Ole, was known to teach in a simple, straightforward and accessible way.

To understand the Great Seal is to know the inseparability of subject, object and the interaction in between. By meditating on enlightened Buddha forms of energy and light, “we understand we can only see this perfection outside because we have the seed of it inside all the time,” according to Lama Ole.

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After the departure of Lopon Dorji Rinchen Rinpoche and Jigme Rinpoche, Lama Ole continued his teachings on the Great Seal (Skt. Mahamudra, Tib. Chag Chen). The pith instructions on Mahamudra, also referred to as the Ganges-Mahamudra, by the Indian Mahasiddha Tilopa is an unending dwell of inspiration for practitioners of Diamond Way Buddhism and its view.

Tilopa [988 - 1069] condensed the essence of the different teachings in four streams of teachings that were later collected into one set by his main student Naropa under the name of the
„Six Teachings of Naropa“. Tilopa lived in desert places und had a number of disciples. Among them Naropa became the next forefather of the Kagyu Lineage. On the completion of the twelve hardships, Tilopa taught these instructions on the banks of the river Ganges to the Kashmiri pandit, the wise and learned Naropa. Naropa taught The Twenty-Eight Vajra Verses to the great interpreter, the king of translators, Marpa Chökyi Lodrö. Marpa finalized his translation at Pulahari in the north of India.

And who is making it possible for all of us to get these precious teachings? All the voluntary helpers making the course work around the clock. The ladies from the Joy Center (formally knows as the Job Center ;) are running around in the course recruiting helpers for the hundreds of mini jobs per day. Many of the course participants also come by their stand in the dining tent by themselves to grab a job in the kitchen, in the cleaning team or somewhere else.

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Goodbye, Jigme Rinpoche!

August 9th, 2016

After almost a week packed with Dharma lectures, empowerments and blessings, we had to let Lama Jigmela go – he is off to his home center Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in France’s Dordogne for now.

The day anyway had a full program of course – Lama Ole Nydahl gave precious Mahamudra teachings based on the Great Seal wishes by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and answered questions.

In the evening, several Dharma projects and Diamond Way Buddhist centers from around the globe, like New Zealand, Spain, Poland or Israel, shared what’s going on at home with inspiring and often enough highly entertaining presentations.

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… as usual made the most of their days, giving lectures and empowerments, meditating, getting to know the Europe Center and meeting their students.

On Monday we said goodbye to Lopon Dorji Rinchen Rinpoche. However, the goodbye was kind of easier than expected because Rinpoche had generously accepted Lama Ole’s invitation to come back to the EC as soon as possible – which is actually already next weekend. Lopon will then give the empowerment of the Buddha of Long Life (Skt. Amitayus, Tib. Tsepame) and the Buddha of Limitless Light (Skt. Amitabha, Tib. Öpame) to us.

Lama Jigme Rinpoche took the time to check out the course’s Dharma shops as well the beautiful new statues and thangkas (tibetan scroll paintings) on offer for the Buddhist center’s altars.

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Diamond Way teachers’ lectures, useful and inspiring things to spend one’s money on in the Dharma shops, team spirit and more…

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