Day 2 – Karma Pakshi Empowerment given by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche

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On the second day of this year’s Summer Course, Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche gave an empowerment into a Guru Yoga meditation aspect, the 2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi and his mandala.

The life stories of the Karmapas according to traditional account are all full of vivid examples of their mind’s miraculous powers, meditation experiences and encounters with Buddhas. The 2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi (1204 – 1283) was the first consciously reincarnated Lama of Tibet. Ever since that time, the Karmapas have manifested in a successive line of reincarnations until the present day, always heading the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

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On July 27th, many months of planning and five weeks of building up for the start of the Summer Course came to a very happy end.

Lama Ole Nydahl was greeted by thousands of people in the big gompa tent, opening the 23rd International Summer Course, already at the Europe Center for the eighth year now.

We think it is not exaggerated to say that this year’s program is many dreams come true at the same time. To celebrate what we have achieved together, H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, Lama Jigme Rinpoche, Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and of course Lama Ole will come together at the EC. Gyalwa Karmapa is going to inaugurate the new buildings, give teachings and the first empowerments from the Chik She Kun Drol empowerment cycle. As if that was not more than enough great gifts already, Lama Jigmela, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche , Lama Ole and Diamond Way teachers are going to give teachings and guide meditations as well.

Welcome home, friends from all over the world – let’s celebrate!

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Right in time for the course, Lama Ole Nydahl and many friends gave a heartfelt welcome to Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche – in the new courtyard of the Europe Center. Lama Ole had spent the morning together with some of our photographers to shoot a new official portrait.

Rinpoche is going to give Mahamudra teachings, guide an 8-hour meditation on Diamond Mind (Skt. Vajrasattva, Tib. Dorje Sempa), and he will give empowerments into the Mandala of the 2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi and the 1000-armed form of Loving Eyes (Skt. Sahasrabhuja Avalokiteshvara; Tib. Chagtong Chentong Chenrezig).

Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche is a highly respected lama of the Kagyu lineage. “Maniwa” is a title given to masters of the Chenrezig practice who has accomplished at least a billion OM MANI PEME HUNG mantras.

Welcome home to this year’s International Summer Course at the Europe Center, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole!

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Like the years before, representatives from all countries with Diamond Way Buddhist centers and meditation groups were invited to join an international meeting of exchange at the Alpsee Haus in Bühl.

To name but a few of the countries present: Austria, Switzerland, Venezuela, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Denmark, Russia, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Sweden, Vietnam and Germany.

Everybody present, many of them very experienced Diamond Way teachers appointed by Lama Ole to teach Diamond Way Buddhim, gave reports of what has been going on in their countries, giving the opportunity for other countries to learn and benefit from these experiences. And everybody also had the chance to ask Lama Ole for his advice concerning the countries’ individual challenges and for possible future tasks.

The International EC Family meeting and its atmosphere showed once again what the 640 Diamond Way Buddhist Centers around the globe and their activity are built on: friendship, idealism and trust!

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It’s done! The construction workers, carpenters and voluntary helpers outdid themselves over the last weeks in order to finish the new EC building in time for the start of the International Summer course… they managed, and the new building is really shining.

The beautifully laid-out wooden floors made of oak for inside and of mountain pine for the balconies create a warm atmosphere all around. Daylight comes flooding in through the light wells and the huge windows everywhere. Thanks to the anthracite stone tiling, also the bathrooms with their shower cubicles have a natural feeling to them. Colorful furniture donated by friends and centers, the fair-faced concrete and steel staircase railings combined with fine fabrics for the covers of the beds give the building a unique, modern style. Oh, and yes, then there’s that view across the Allgäu mountains and the lake, of course…

On August 2, H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje will bless and inaugurate our new living space – and put the crown on the years of work of a large team of architects, countless construction workers and dozens of volunteering friends from around the world bringing their expertise, sheer manpower and the millions donated to moreEC, orchestrated by Caty Hartung and inspired by our Lama.

High time to celebrate what we have achieved together!

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As soon as the construction workers had finished their work, the work only began!

An armada of voluntary cleaners, strong friends carrying donated and EC-made furniture and decoration experts entered the rooms of the new building to prepare them for the Lamas and parts of the Summer Course team to live in during the course. Within days, they transformed the “raw” rooms already equipped with built-in cupboards into lots of cozy, individually furnished living space for the guests during the course.

Also, the terraces to enjoy meals, tea or just a chat with friends on were finished in time for the course – one at the gate and the big one underneath the two big chestnut trees in front of the barn.

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We can’t help but share more of all that energy, joy and friendship here at the EC during the last days of the build-up. Enjoy!

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Building the kitchen tent floor plank by plank and screw by screw in bright sunshine at 39°C is just one of the challenges of this year’s Summer course building-up phase… but the joy is all around and we will let a picture special do most of the talking.

Here’s to the impressive amount of friends who have gathered at the EC this year to make it all happen for many hundreds of people coming from all over the globe for the course with H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, Jigme Rinpoche, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl, starting a week from now on July 27th.

Thank you, friends! You are shining examples of joyful Bodhisattva activity for the benefit of all!

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The sun was shining all through last sunday’s 3rd Classical Music Matinée under the art nouveau arcades of Gut Hochreute. Eight great artists took us on a musical journey with their virtuoso performances, this year inspired by the topic of love. We did not plan the stage to be crowned by a heart-shaped cloud… but it is just what happened at the end of the wonderful concert!

The four stringplayers of the “Rossini Streichquartett”, pianist Fabio Ceroni of the Munich State Opera house, stunning mezzosoprano Sibylle Wolf, our Italian tenor discovery Christian Grillo and Maria Burghoff with her viola gave touching performances of e.g. J.S. Bach’s “Air”, Vivaldi’s famous “Spring” and other works by the likes of Schumann, Bizet, Puccini, Gershwin and Händel.

The matinée has become a wonderful EC tradition and a cultural highlight for the region. We celebrated both with lots of homemade cake and coffee afterwards and are already looking forward to next year’s exhibiton and matinée. Many thanks to all the friends who made this such a joy and big success!

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Every year in June, the Europe Center opens the villa’s doors to everyone interested in Tibetan Art with its precious Buddha statues and scroll paintings (tib. thangka). Each Sunday afternoon, guided tours around the monument-protected art nouveau building attract many visitors from the Allgäu region and beyond.

After learning a lot about Buddhism and its ancient discipline of Asian art now also practiced and supported by the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation in the West, the visitors took the opportunity also to have a look at the new meditation hall in the rebuilt barn of Gut Hochreute. Here, many also participated in a short guided meditation, before enjoying home-made cake and coffee in the garden or the cafeteria.

If you would like to know more about the art and deep meaning of thangka painting and Buddhist statues, the full-color book “The Life of Buddha” offers deeper insight and is available online.

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