Monday morning main activity in the EC was our great hall renovation: Walls were vacuum-cleaned, holes carefully filled, surfaces gently caressed and finally covered in 2-3 layers of original paint. All done by Beate’s “Dream Team” of happy, dilligent women. After work, the good people of Immenstadt went to visit the good people of Schwarzenberg on extension of a generous sushi invitation from Michaela and Gabi. The evening offered plenty of raw fish, stories, laughing and dancing. In recent days, Bernhard from Garmish has continued work on the hall bathroom, the road construction trucks slowly move ever further up the road and Patricia, Alex and Thorulf’s rooms are closer to perfection thanks to our “apartment hero”, Marco. At the present moment, the hall is soon ready for removal of foil and felt and another great working weekend is coming up. Our beloved Klara and Roman have had to stay in Czech Republic for at little while longer, but to our great joy, their beautiful faces joined in on Skype last night.
So a lot is going on inside and outside and we will have the perfect frames for our activity here for a very long time into the future. But as Lama Ole says; “In this company we sell only one product and that is human development”. And as work goes along, there is a continuing flow of human exchange and discovery. People meet, talk, feel each other and realise new things. All with great openness and as family and this all the time expands our minds and brings us even closer. For example Rafal finding great inspiration from hearing stories from Verena about her and Jürgen’s meditations in most of our European retreat centres, Beate reading the draft of An Ja’s book of her life story and getting to know another human being better, and our soon-to-be-parents of two babies Philip and Mirjana sharing their story of how it all happened and the joys (and rearrangement of bed room to fit in the new residents) of bringing new life into the EC.
All our Kagyus are truly connecting, touching and impressing each other here. We get closer to each other, constantly discovering new human qualities and great richness. Everyone contributes with deep power, wisdom and experience, and in this way, our international mosaic starts to work. This deep level of wild and meaningful human exchange – also on the secret level – is what will really secure our future together.