April 8, 2013 was quite a historic date for the Europe Center: the groundbreaking ceremony marked the beginning of the construction for the new EC buildings!
Lama Ole greeted Immenstadt officials, members of the local brass band, and the traditional shooting club, most of them dressed in typically Allgäu region dirndl dresses and leather trousers. The band played to introduce the ceremonies.
Immenstadt mayor Armin Schaupp appreciated the architects’ plans for the new building: “One can feel that there is quality behind the work. The team of architects checks well what fits.”
Following speeches by Lama Ole Nydahl, the mayor, and Caty Hartung, a bumpa was filled. This is a vase which serves as a ceremonial gift to the local environment – with semi-precious stones representing the transformation of disturbing emotions into enlightened wisdoms.
Afterwards, Lama Ole and the mayor put the first strokes in with a pickaxe and a spade, digging a hole to bury the bumpa. Lama Ole placed the vase in the ground. Everyone in the crowd was invited to throw a handful of semi-precious stones in with the bumpa and make wishes for the prosperity of the Europe Center.
The local shooting club put a bang into the ceremonies with a canon, fired five times by Lama Ole, Armin Schaupp, Caty Hartung, and two of the project’s architects.
The huge barbecue proved popular with the band, the Buddhists, and everyone else as well. And this was only the beginning of a very long, lively, and typically Bavarian evening together.
We would like to thank the mayor and the people of Immenstadt once again for welcoming us so open-heartedly from the beginning. We feel at home in Immenstadt, and Immenstadt seems to feel at home at the EC as well!
Also, don’t miss the ECtv video of the day!