Some days after the end of the meditation retreat, it’s pretty quiet at the Europe Center. We are meditating a lot, catching up on some work, and enjoying some beautiful early spring days outside. The snow is melting away quickly, the birds are already back from the South – spring is obviously close.
And then there are these little moments that make the EC magical in such calmer times – like a few days ago after common meditation with Karola in the evening. The final permission for the new building this week brought up memories of the construction of the Hamburg Buddhist Center in 1998. Back then, it was the biggest Diamond Way Buddhist center worldwide. Hinrich from Hamburg had us rolling on the floor laughing when he recalled Lama Ole’s comments after the new center was finished: he was happy about the beautiful new center – but already had a way bigger picture – and therefore bigger Buddhist centers – in mind all the way back then.
Today, Hinrich knows this was a vision that was to become reality – he and his family and many others by now have moved to Immenstadt to help building up what will definitely be the most extensive Diamond Way Buddhist Center in the world – the Europe Center.
Only ten minutes of shared memories left us once again very inspired and with great thankfulness for finding ourselves in the heart of Lama Ole’s vision – which is now taking form. The ground breaking ceremony marking the beginning of the new buildings’ construction is going to take place in April – guided by the mayor of Immenstadt and Lama Ole.