Day 12 – White Tara Empowerment given by Gyalwa Karmapa

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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 .

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

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!

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!

The day the international Diamond Way Sangha has been waiting for has finally come: the inauguration of the new EC buildings!

H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Lama Ole Nydahl, dignitaries from the area, as well as hundreds of Sangha members from around the world who made it all possible with their donations came together to celebrate what we have achieved together.

The rainy skies cleared right in time for the ceremony. After an appropriate Bavarian salute with gunshots from the new building’s roof, accompanied by alphorns and the traditional Tibetan wind instruments played by Karmapa’s monks, a series of touching speeches followed. Immenstadt councilman Dr. Ralph Kellner, the deputy administrative officer of the Oberallgäu district Ulrike Hitzler and the German Buddhist Union’s representative Gunnar Gantzhorn offered their congratulations and good wishes for the future and great benefit of the Europe Center.

Afterwards, Philip Leube and Caty Hartung on behalf of the architects and the Diamond Way Buddhist Foundation put in words what everybody present had in their hearts: deepest gratitude to our teachers for giving us the timeless means and motivation to make the dream of the Europe Center project manifest like this over just a few years!

Lama Ole Nydahl reminded us of why we built this place: to make it possible for more people to get in touch with the timeless Buddhist wisdom, and especially to have a home to meditate in. And this is what was done – a spontaneous meditation on the 16th Karmapa, the meditation practiced in and giving energy and growth to all the Diamond Way Centers around the globe.

Gyalwa Karmapa touched everyone deeply with his speech. “All of this would not be possible without two main ingredients: that of our heart and our aspiration, and then the same kind of aspiration in the form of the blessing of the Buddhas and Bodhisattvas, meaning those who have fulfilled that aspiration… when those two points meet, then all of this wonderful environment becomes possible.” Karmapa finished with the wish for us to keep the conditions that made this possible in our hearts, for the long life of Lama Ole and for our bonds to be strengthened more and more!

Each country with Diamond Way Buddhist Centers was invited to contribute an item that represents an important historical turning point in the development of the Dharma. These items have been placed into a time capsule buried by Gyalwa Karmapa and Lama Ole today and the plan is to open it again together in a future life in 108 years.

In the time capsule, there is a collection of special items representing the expression of Karmapa’s lineage as it has appeared in the West through the tireless work of Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl and all their students and friends. In addition to these items, people have written wishes including Lama Ole and Gyalwa Karmapa, who wrote his wish right before sealing the capsule.

May these items inspire our future Diamond Way sangha to know their roots and feel the power of this great lineage. May this time capsule be a symbol of gratitude from us to our teachers and secure the continuity of their activity. May our bond with our teachers and our sangha strengthen for all time and may we bring massive benefit to the world together.  May we always be close and our societies remain free so that we may all enjoy opening this treasure together in 108 years!

Following the celebration of the finished construction, H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje guided a classical inauguration ceremony (Tib. Rabne) of the new EC gompa and its beautiful Buddha, together with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl.

After the courtyard celebration, the inauguration of the gompa and the burying of the time capsule, Gyalwa Karmapa and Lama Ole were far from calling it a day – the afternoon was filled with more celebration, together with many hundred students from around the world!

Coming straight from the Rabne in the gompa, Karmapa went on an extensive tour through each and every room of the new buildings, blessing basically every corner followed by an ever-growing number of students. After this, he guided a classical circumambulation (Tib. Kora) of the whole premises of the Europe Center. During the Kora, colorful Tibetan prayer flags were hung into the trees up on the summer course gompa plateau.

And last but not least, Karmapa and Lama Ole had a toast and a cookie together with everyone in the gompa tent, watching performances and presentations sitting right in the middle of the crowd of students.

For sure, this was a truly historical day in the history of the Europe Center which we will not forget so quickly!

This course’s second empowerment was given by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche on the auspicious day of the arrival of H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje at the EC.

The 1000-armed form of Loving Eyes (Skt. Sahasrabhuja Avalokiteshvara; Tib. Chagtong Chentong Chenrezig) is the compassion of all Buddhas. Rinpoche started the preparations early in the morning. Completing the empowerment, Rinpoche and Lama Ole blessed everybody present for many hours before closing it together.

Afterwards, every corner of the EC was buzzing with activity, with tidying, decorating and polishing going on everywhere in the houses and the lama service team having a last minute meeting. Under the guidance of thangka painting master Dawa Lhadripa, students painted the Eight Auspicious Symbols with sand in front of the villa entrance to welcome Gyalwa Karmapa.

After hours of eagerly awaiting his arrival, Karmapa finally arrived, coming from Dhagpo in France, and was greeted by Lama Ole and over a thousand of their students.

We are overjoyed that the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism is back at the Europe Center and look forward to an amazing program with him and our other teachers!

Remembering Shamar Rinpoche

July 31st, 2014

For one day during the course build-up, our focus shifted to Kathmandu in Nepal. After 49 days of mourning, our precious teacher the 14th Shamarpa, Mipam Chökyi Lodrö (1952 – 2014), was cremated in the presence of tens of thousands of his students from around the world.

We stayed at the EC to prepare the Summer Course. However, in our hearts we were there at the cremation ceremony guided by H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and many other high Lamas of all main traditions of Tibetan Buddhism who came to say goodbye to Rinpoche. Connected to all Diamond Way Centers worldwide via live-streaming, Lama Ole Nydahl guided a 16 hour meditation on Amitabha, the Buddha of Limitless Light and we meditated all through the night while the cremation was going on in Kathmandu.

Rinpoche will be dearly missed by the international Europe Center sangha. We were lucky enough to receive Mahamudra teachings from the highly realized second highest ranking Lama in the Karma Kagyu lineage when he visited the Europe Center and other international meditation courses time and again. Director of the Diamond Way Buddhist Foundation Caty Hartung found touching words to say goodbye to her teacher, you can read the complete letter on Shamar Rinpoche’s Official Website: www.shamarpa.org. For a report and photo impressions of the cremation ceremony, please visit diamondway-buddhism.org.

Even after his passing, Shamar Rinpoche made the Karma Kagyu lineage stronger and more united, thus preparing a bright future for what he lived for: the lineage and his spiritual son and successor Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. Gyalwa Karmapa will in turn now recognize his successor, the 15th Shamarpa. May this happen soon and without obstacles.