Day 12 – White Tara Empowerment given by Gyalwa Karmapa

EC Blog News & Reports

Today, a new chapter in the history of the Europe Center was opened. H.H. Trinley Thaye Dorje gave the first initiation from the Chik She Kun Drol Empowerment Cycle (“Knowing one liberates all”) and will continue giving empowerments from this series in Europe over the following years.

To reach a high level of realization and a deep understanding of the Buddhist teachings, one needs a long and healthy life. Since the next rebirth could be one in another realm keeping one from meeting the Dharma, it is important to take the chance one has with this life, meeting with the teachings in a human body .

The White Liberatrice or White Tara (Skt. Sita-Tara; Tib. Dolkar), also sometimes counted with the protectors or Bodhisattvas, gives a long life and protects from illness. She is regarded as the female manifestation of the compassion of all Buddhas, easy to recognize by her five additional wisdom eyes: one in her head, two in the palms of her hands and two in the soles of her feet, seeing wherever she is needed to help beings. Sitting in meditation posture, her right hand is stretched forward in the mudra of generosity while her left hand holds a lotus .

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis

While the parents are meditating or attending the lectures, their kids at all ages are definitely having a great time at the Summer Course as well!

In four big tents, there is lots of space for all kinds of activity in any weather, run by a highly motivated, multilingual team of caretakers, supported by parents doing voluntary shifts. The little “tigers and lions” are well taken care of by professional babysitters in the baby tent, there is a cozy “snoozle room” to tell stories for the 4-6 year olds. Next to the “Dragon Island” tent of the 7-9 year old there is a “creativity tent” with the opportunity to do handicrafts, painting and be creative. And then there is the “Black Pearl” with an “activity tent” which is located next to the 10-12y. Here we have space for sports, dancing and just being wild!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis

The plan was to have an afternoon lecture by Karmapa on Bodhicitta, but – as is the nature of plans – the plan was changed and instead the jam packed tent was treated to a talk by Söpon-La Tsültrim Namgyal.

Söpon-la was a close attendant already to the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje and nowadays to H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. He recounted stories about the Karmapa lineage and interjected facts about the controversy and history of how it all came to be. Always smiling, he regaled the crowd with stories about the 16th Karmapa in a way that only he can.

For the evening talk, we received teachings from Lama Jigmé Rinpoché, representative of Gyalwa Karmapa in Europe and nephew of the 16th Karmapa. Full of humor, wit and incredibly genuine, he spoke without any particular format. Calm and collected, pausing naturally as he speaks, never in any sense of rush or hurry, his presence is as familiar as if he was speaking to each one of the thousands personally and directly to our hearts.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis

Be it in the huge gompa tent, in our beautiful new barn gompa open 24/7 for personal practice or at the stupa – the thousands of guests from all over the world are definitely using the EC for what it was built for: exchanging, getting teachings and meditating, meditating, meditating at and time, night and day!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis

More pictures that can do the talking themselves…  there is simply so much life in every corner of the course!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis

H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje gave a shining and inspiring example of true yogiship on the occasion of the 8-hour meditation on the Bodhisattva of Compassion (Skt. Avalokiteshvara, Tib. Chenrezig).

After explaining in detail about the practice on Loving Eyes and giving the lung (Tibetan for oral transmission by reading) for the new meditation text revised by Lama Ole, Gyalwa Karmapa did not leave his throne even for a minute. Uninteruptedly, he guided his students through eight hours of intense meditation practice for the benefit of all beings. All of the Karmapas are considered to be emanations of Loving Eyes.

In the late afternoon, another long-awaited guest finally arrived: Lama Jigme Rinpoche, nephew of Lama Ole’s teacher, the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, is the representative of H.H. the 17th Karmapa in Europe and has been of great support building up the Diamond Way Centers around the world. Welome home, Jigmela!
in Europe

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis

Good to let someone with a fresh view on things describe his Europe Center experience! Here’s an extract of a first time visitor – thank you for sharing these touching impressions with us, Tokpa!

“The Europe Center was ablaze today – the heat mounting as the day wore on and yet the unswayable joyous spirit of everyone here was remarkable, unstoppable, undeniable, and beyond pleasant everywhere you turn to look. You are always greeted with the famous bright smile, a cold drink or something fun and tasty to eat, and of course the traditional head bump that they’re all known for. The environment feels like a mix of Woodstock and Bodh Gaya, with people literally spilling out of every space imaginable, guitars and tents, shirtless men, campgrounds that extent for miles, music blaring from the kitchen as they groove out and dance while they serve and prepare the meals; it’s like another planet. A highly motivating, drum jam session, devotee laden planet where everyone is practicing together, eating together, enjoying the sun and shade, and genuinely having a ridiculously good time – at all times. The gompa is full of practitioners doing their prostrations, while families cruise around with their kids in strollers, everyone in any age group, from anywhere, with any style is welcomed and accepted here – as the crowds come pouring out after a teaching session the vast array of both age and culture is like melting pot for all.

The sense of Dharma and connectivity here is so strong – the combination of real practice and real fun seems to be a recipe that I have yet to see anywhere else. While the sun is blazing outside, the masses gathered here are generating Bodhicitta in all directions, for all beings, with a unique and Europe Center style that only they seem to know how to do. Dharma can indeed be like a rock concert, there is no age limit or prerequisites here – just come with your mind open and your heart free and this place will do the rest.”

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis

The International Summer Course is definitely in full swing, with the food queue reaching from all the way up at the gompa tent to the food serving area.

But obviously, people make the best of the long lines in the sun and take it with humor. Because, after all, queuing gives lots of time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones to make the waiting time feel a lot shorter.

Gyalwa Karmapa continued his teachings about how to develop Bodhicitta, the enlightened attitude. In the evening, Lama Ole and his wife Alexandra watched presentations of centers, countries and working groups around the world. And sitting among the crowd, they added their own presentation as well. They shared a film about their honeymoon in the beautiful nature of Alexandra’s home country: Venezuela!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis

Preparing and serving thousands of delicious and healthy meals three times per day…
Keeping 7 x 125 sqm industrial kitchen on highest hygiene standard…
Managing tons of ingredients delivery from the Allgäu region every day…
Cleaning thousands of plates, forks, knives, spoons and glasses every day…
Practicing the “Haka” with the whole team…

Uhmmm… wait a minute. Practicing WHAT…?!!?

Yes, yes. The Summer Course kitchen team is giving the Rugby team of New Zealand a run for their money, performing this traditional ancestral war dance from the Māori people. The New Zealand sports teams’ practice of performing a haka before their international matches has made the dance more widely known around the world. It is a posture dance originally performed by warriors before a battle, proclaiming their strength. But haka are also performed for welcoming distinguished guests – and of those, the kitchen team has enough this summer course.

Why are we sharing this with you? Because we think it’s one wonderful example of a very joyful, highly efficient and very powerful Summer Course team’s surplus – powered by meditation and friendship. Thank you for your impressive attitude and work, friends!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis

The third day of Karmapa’s visit started with the board of the international Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation presenting the work and news from the foundation-owned Diamond Way Buddhist centers around the world.

The Enlightened Attitude (Skt. Bodhicitta) was the focus of the teachings Gyalwa Karmapa gave in the afternoon. In order to accumulate merit and wisdom, we seek refuge in the Enlightened state of mind, the Buddha; the path itself, the dharma; and the guides, the bodhisattvas. From that base, we can build or develop something. What we can develop is merit and wisdom, and as we do, we develop understanding. At the same time, our intention is of utmost importance: the intention to truly benefit others!

Share and Enjoy:
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis