Our diligent summer course helpers at the EC last week could not have been happier about a completely unexpected surprise: For the first time after his successful neck surgery, Lama Ole Nydahl came to visit the EC – for a very special occasion based on ancient Buddhist teachings and transmission.
On behalf of Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, who is going to inaugurate the stupa in August, Lame Ole placed a treasure vase (Tibetan: “bumpa”) into the foundation of the stupa, assisted by our little girls from the Immenstadt sangha. Only the evening before, our carpenters quickly built a rock-solid staircase to make the 1,80 meters deep foundation hole securely accessible.
The minute Lama Ole arrived and started to talk about the history of the stupa and his dear teacher who built and consecrated it for the first time, the late Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche, the sun we had not seen at all during days of pouring rain finally came out – and stayed.
Everyone present was deeply touched and happy to see Lama Ole in such good health after the surgery – and we cannot wait to welcome him back home for the International Summer Course!