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!