Happy Losar, everyone! We love to welcome the New Year twice a year – once according to the Western calendar and once, approximately two months later, according to the Tibetan calendar of the Karma Kagyu lineage.
The Europe Center sangha got a very special New Year’s message from H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje – along with his best wishes for the year of the wood sheep, Gyalwa Karmapa sent a beautiful booklet with the prayer for the swift return of his teacher Shamar Rinpoche, who passed away last summer, asking his students to make wishes for Rinpoche to return and teach again very soon.
Another beautiful surprise awaited us: after a bit more than one year, we finally got to welcome the long awaited set of 16 Karmapa statues for the villa gompa. You might remember that the EC sangha had given the first manufactured set of statues to the Bern sangha as a thank you for the Stupa of Complete Victory or Long Life they had given to the Europe Center last year. Here you can see the pictures of the Bern sangha taking their Karmapa statues home in December 2013.
The Europe Center sangha would like to wish everyone a very joyful, healthy and meaningful year of the wood sheep!