Inauguration of the first EC field barn

EC Blog Archive for November, 2016

You think we’re done with building at the EC? Think again! :)

The first of four field barns on the Summer course premises built in the style of the Allgäu region was properly inaugurated by our carpenters and many friends who came to celebrate in (semi-)traditional style.

Edwin pulled out his Sunday best carpenter’s outfit to read a traditional poem thanking everyone involved in the construction and including good wishes for the benefit of the new building. And the inauguration would be neither complete nor auspicious without three toasts together as well! Homemade burgers for everyone on top – a wonderful little party celebrating the amazing work of our voluntary EC architects and carpenters.

The field barns will be used to store the Summer course stuff like kitchen equipment and building material for the tents. So on the long run, they will save us quite a bit of money that would otherwise be spent on renting lots of storage space.

The Europe Center is located in the Allgäu region of Bavaria, which historically belongs to the area of Swabia.

The friends from the local centers surrounding and supporting the Europe Center with their man power and surplus spent a weekend together practicing, sharing and listening to teachings by Diamond Way teacher Klaus Neukirchen. Klaus recently moved to the EC from Munich with his wife, following Lama Ole’s wish for several of his teaching long term students to engage in the EC as much as possible.

Full moon is traditionally considered to be an excellent time for meditation, increasing the intensity and multiplying the good impressions. So with those who have completed a Phowa course with Lama Ole Nydahl, we practice this precious meditation on full moon nights.

Lama Ole has taught this transference of consciousness meditation to more than 80,000 people worldwide over many years. In the meditation practice one learns to transfer consciousness at the moment of death into a state of highest bliss.

Through the meditation on “conscious dying” you get the opportunity to work intensively with the process of your own death. Buddhist teachings contain very precise descriptions on the process of dying, death and the stages between death and rebirth. Many teachers and meditation masters have also had a lot of experience with the process of dying.

Those that have learnt the Phowa practice also learn how to actively help others at the moment of death. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from different Tibetan Lamas and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Those that wish to take part in the 5 day course can find the important information and necessary preparation meditation in every Diamond Way Buddhist center.

Bavarian Centers Meeting

November 13th, 2016

This year the Bavarian Diamond Way Buddhist centers took to the Europe Center for their annual meeting. The Sanghas from the centers all over Bavaria have been helping a lot at the EC from the beginning on.

There are 31 Diamond Way Buddhist Centers in Bavaria, Germany’s largest federal state by area and second largest by population. To connect these sanghas and to bring out the most benefit for people interested in Buddhism, it takes quite a bit of organization and coordination. This is why the sangha members come together: to meditate together, to brainstorm, to find ways to share the work on bigger projects like the upcoming statue exhibition in Regensburg and to get to know each other better.

On top, all these sanghas do their best not only to run their own center, but also to support the Europe Center as much as possible. We loved to host their annual meeting this year and look forward to seeing many of them again very soon!