On December 31st, the place to be for a Diamond Way Buddhist was of course the New Year’s Course in Vienna. For those who stayed at home because of the kids, their job, or other reasons, there was a very nice celebration anyway.
The kids started early in the evening, decorating the basement of the villa and then baking and eating pizza together. The youngsters’ highlight of the evening was for sure the torchlight procession across the grounds of the EC – shining bright eyes everywhere!
The adults kicked off the night by meditating together. However, something was not quite our usual evening meditation on the 16th Karmapa… many of the participants looked a little bit different and more like straight from an 80′s movie or music video – due to the theme of the night: the 1980′s!
The buffet afterwards was a festival in itself – everyone brought something tasty along and it took us the whole night to test-eat our way through all the delicacies. The sounds of very familiar 80′s hits invited us over to the Baucafe and got everyone up and dancing the calories away again in no time. Amongst the attending stars were the likes of punk star Siouxsie Sioux in double edition, tennis goddess Steffi Graf, Rubik’s Cube, Madonna, Top Gun pilot Maverick, Angus Young of AC/DC, and many disco queens and kings.
At midnight, we took a break to watch Lama Ole Nydahl via live streaming from Vienna. He read his New Year’s letter, and together we gave the promise of the Bodhisattvas: the promise to strive for enlightenment and work for the benefit of all beings, with unending diligence and strength.
Followed by fireworks and hours of dancing to the best songs of the 80′s, we welcomed 2014 in appropriate style, and would like to wish everyone a very happy and healthy 2014, may all your wishes come true for the benefit of all!