Lecture by Tomek Lehnert

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Lecture by Tomek Lehnert

January 30th, 2013

Tomek Lehnert has been traveling around the world with Lama Ole Nydahl for 30 years, organizing his teacher’s tours, supporting him, and teaching Buddhism himself.

Stopping by the EC he kindly agreed to give a spontaneous lecture about working with emotions. Tomek’s very entertaining, close-to-life examples like our attachment to the newest smartphone or laptop being outdated only a few weeks later by a newer model or – even worse! – accidentally being stepped on by a friend, gave very good reasons why it is a good idea to rely on less impermanent values like benefiting others, and therefore more reliable lasting happiness from a buddhist point of view.

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Northern German Evening

January 20th, 2013

The ancient Indian meditation master Tilopa taught that leaving kin and country is half the way to enlightenment because one overcomes a lot of attachment this way. We Northern Germans who are down here in Immenstadt because of the EC like to think that this also applies to our move a little bit… 

Of the approximate 140 Buddhists living in Immenstadt by now, over 20 are from Northern Germany. This might not seem very remarkable – but to Northern Germans, moving to the Bavarian alps all the way in the very South of Germany is actually quite a big step!

Landscape and culture are indeed very different – Northern Germany’s completely flat landscape surrounded by the sea is mainly inhabited by protestants, the mountaineous South is traditionally deeply catholic. Another difference is definitely the language – Bavarian dialect is hard to understand for the “northern lights”, who traditionally even have their own language called “Low German”. Last but not least, the dry northern-german humour is definitely different to that of Southern Germany, and so is the traditional music.

So we had one evening with the 16th Karmapa meditation guided in Low German and treated our international and southern-german friends at the EC to some delicacies from the North like “Pears-Beans-Bacon” and stew of curly kale with stewed piquant sausage, with the fitting sailors’ music to sing along to and pictures from Hamburg.

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Russian week at the EC…?!?

January 14th, 2013

Well, actually the “Russian Week” is scheduled in our events calendar for March 18-24 this year. But that did not keep some Russian friends from already staying for a week after the New Years Course in Munich and taking over the command at the EC…

Coinciding with this year’s start of the annual Winter tour through Russia, we watched a film about it featuring in-depth interviews with Lama Ole recorded during the long train rides through the Siberian plains. Those of us who have not been traveling through Russia yet got a good idea of the vastness of Siberia’s beautiful landscape and the unique atmosphere within the tour group usually consisting of a few hundred friends. Experiencing the endless white of the Taiga also gives more space in mind and inspiration for one’s meditation practice, according to Lama Ole.

Besides meditating a lot together with everyone else, the Russians went on to show us what it looks like at their retreat centers and crowned the week by making the famous and very delicious “Blini” pancakes for everyone, along with the classic “Borshtsh” soup. Hmmmmmm…., Большое спасибо, spaseeba bol’shoy (=thank you!), dear friends!

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With many friends showing up at the EC after the close-by New Year’s course in Munich, the first week of the year was spontaneously turned into a mini meditation retreat.

Thanks to all guests taking over a part of the daily kitchen work and housekeeping, we spontaneously managed an event that we would normally organise thoroughly quite some time in advance. It was an impressive example of how much we can do here with everyone helping a little bit every day.

Along with four or more meditation sessions per day,  we enjoyed inspiring lectures by buddhist teachers Roman from Australia about “Practical Buddhism”, and by John from the US and Renate from Munich who answered our questions about meditation in Diamond Way Buddhism. On top, there was lots of time to talk during exceedingly long breakfasts or in the evening in the lounge.

After the annual meeting of the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation with Lama Ole in Amden/Switzerland, Caty, Gergö, Martin and Roman shared the outcome of this with us during another cosy evening together in the lounge.

And last but certainly not least, the week finished with the newest member of the EC sangha saying hello – congratulations to Claudia and Sievert on the birth of their son!

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Ringing in the New Year

January 1st, 2013

Dearest EC blog readers, we wish you all a healthy and joyful new year!

We welcomed 2013 together by following the Mahamudra teachings and the Bodhisattva promise given by Lama Ole Nydahl at the New Years Course in Munich via live streaming in the lounge. However, most of the gathered friends looked a bit different than usual – mainly due to our New Year’s eve’s motto “Heidi goes Bollywood”…

Not only the people but also the Baucafé was transformed – thanks to Sidsel, the walls were covered with painted mountain meadows à la Heidi and one corner of the Baucafé became a both glamorous and cosy Bollywood-inspired chilling lounge.

After a night of lots of fun and dancing, the first morning of 2013 greeted us in return with just another one of those impressive sunsets above Immenstadt.

Happy 2013, everyone. We hope to see you here at the EC very soon!

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From a different angle

December 29th, 2012

Szymon from Poland sent us a rather extraordinary panorama shot of the Europe Center – enjoy the EC turning in circles! :)

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Brunch with a few friends….

December 25th, 2012

Picking up on the EC tradition of having a brunch together with Lama Ole before he leaves the EC, quite a few friends gathered in the dining room on Sunday morning before christmas.

There were lots of news to catch up on in the cheerful round – Lama Ole together with Caty and Tomek told about the past week’s journeys to Bhutan where he met the royal family and toured sacred places with a group of students, and to the Kagyu Moenlam with H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and many other high lamas at the place of Buddha’s enlightenment, Bodhgaya in India. Many impressions of the visit in Bhutan and India can be found on Lama Ole Nydahl’s flickr page.

After christmas in his home town of Copenhagen, Denmark, Lama Ole is going to start the new year on the annual winter tour through Russia for three weeks, followed by lectures and a meditation courses in London, Dublin and Tel Aviv. If you would like to catch up on Lama Ole’s teaching schedule for 2013, please visit www.lama-ole-nydahl.org.

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Right in time for Lama Ole’s arrival at the EC, not only the children from Immenstadt had a great time decorating the christmas tree. As every year, the tree was chosen from the EC’s own forest and will enhance the villa’s hall for the holiday season.

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A walk in the snow

December 5th, 2012

With 40 cm of finest fresh powder snow and bright skies including rainbows around the sun today, we just had to take you along for a walk around – and even to the top of the mountains on the other side of the lake – providing an impressive eagle-eye perspective of the EC grounds.

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In the lands of miraculous snow mountains and bitter sweet frost, one star-lit Friday night the Czech and Lithuanian armies rolled in together for an (un)usual country weekend at the EC.

It all began with an inspiring Q&A session by Jan Matuska followed by a chill-out party in the Baucafe. No one can tell for sure, was it the enchanting Lithuanian specialties, the knock-out Czech DJ or the perfect blend of Czech and Lithuanian vibes, but eventually it all turned into a restless dance party till 4am!

The beautiful Saturday morning was promising an impressive day, full of adventures while hiking in the mountains, meditating together, eating exquisite national dishes and laughing our heads off during the presentation session. This time both of the countries decided to present each other and show how they perceive each others buddhist history, “celebrities” and national peculiarities. In the evening, Caty answered questions about the EC and its future plans, followed by talks by Czech buddhist teachers. The Lithuanian teachers unfortunately were no-shows this time, but they had their own reasons, including illnesses and even giving birth! The amusing day was rounded up as usual at the Baucafe getting together in Czech style, which included testing drinks and dancing to Czech (and some other) tunes, which lasted until another early morning…

Sunday was a chill-out day, comprised of a beautiful stormy-winter-Allgäu morning, meditating together (which is the best and most inspiring way to create bonds), cleaning and saying good-byes. The time came to leave and everyone could not help but wonder, how to get back as soon as possible to the beautiful EC.

by the Sanghas of the Czech Republic and Lithuania

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