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Last weekend about 150 friends came together to listen to Gabi Volenko, Christiane Ewerbeck and Tommy Bogs share their insights about traveling with their Buddhist teachers. All have been Buddhists for more than 25 years and have been on the road again and again.
Even though the EC was still without snow, we all tucked in expecting fireside stories about how it was to travel with Lama Ole so many years ago. All three of course shared stories from that time and also gave us a frame about how the times and people’s mindset were three decades ago.
But it was not only stories about their travels. They also explained why we travel with our teachers. We don’t strive for exciting holidays. We try to get to know our mind and therefore we leave our habits and concepts behind to learn from our teacher in a multitude of situations. Both Gabi and Tommy gave lectures and answered questions pointing out in detail the benefit of traveling with our Lamas.
We also had a moreEC Karaoke night in the Baucafé. It was a great evening featuring celebrities from all around the globe. We enjoyed Australian rappers, a German-Lithuanian AC/DC interpretation and even “Take That” made a spontaneous appearance.
And: Madonna ist eine Berlinerin! ;-)
On November 26th, friends at the Mahamudra Course with Lama Ole in Texas, USA raised some $33,000 for the moreEC project. The auction fundraiser lasted two hours – ending at 4:00am – and included 150-200 participants that bid for donated auction items, performed “dares” for donations (arm wrestling! embarrassing dances! re-enacting bad 80s movies!), and [...]
The annual Dutch autumn retreat from the 18th till 20th november began with a lecture about meditation by Michel van Dinteren. Between hours of delighting and enlightening meditation, the Dutch went back in time and lived the 60 and 70′s, playing some nostalgic rounds of Bingo. After refreshing the Bingo procedure, people almost jumped on [...]
A wonderful, joyous, spectacular night took place –ladies on stilts, photo-actions, pianists, opera singers, dancers, chansonières, puppet-play and good old rock music –plus good dancing music – it was perfect! Everyone was awed by the performers and some of them even had to perform twice! All that’s needed to have a splendid party was granted: [...]
Inspired by the five Buddha statues standing on a window sill in the EC gompa, the sangha wanted to know more about their meaning. Therefore, Maike and Pit were asked to give five lectures about the five different Buddha families.
We probably meet the five Buddhas more often than we are aware of: When taking refuge we become a “member” of one family; when seeing a stupa, a double dorje or prayer-flags; or when the Lama inaugurates a meditation room.
The five Buddhas Akshobya (the Unshakable – Diamond family), Ratnasambhava (the Jewel Born – Jewel family), Amitabha (Limitless Light – Lotus family), Amoghasiddhi (Meaningful Realization – Karma or Action family) and Vairocana (the Radiant One – Buddha or Tathagata family) are an expression of the tantric forms of Buddha Shakyamuni – Diamondholder, and should be experienced as being inseparable from him.
The teachings comprise the dissolution of the apparent opposites of the relative and absolute level. Many symbols like mudras, elements, colors etc. turn out to be solid methods in order to overcome one’s ego-illusion. Through these teachings practitioners more and more discover the qualities inherent in disturbing emotions and the skandhas in everyday life. - by Maike and Pit Weigelt
Who knows more about glamour than the Austrians – so thanks to the Graz Sangha, everything from the red carpet to the chips to the handsome croupiers was perfectly organized. We just had to take a seat at the poker, Black Jack or Roulette table and play – after taking part in what was certainly [...]
Numerous moreEC fundraising actions are taking place around the world right now and last Saturday Ravensburg, Germany joined the ranks. Old and new Sangha members sat together in the Gompa after a group meditation and reflected on the activities of the neighboring EC – from the Ravensburger perspective, of course. After watching the new moreEC [...]
It was kids and parents Sunday last weekend – organized by the newly formed EC childcare team, which consists of voluntary helpers – parents themselves or not – like Henkjan and Leonie, EC’s new residents from the Netherlands.
Such family afternoons give the parents time to meditate together while their kids enjoy themselves too – this Sunday they could get their faces painted, draw, watch a movie or just play with each other. Parents also found time for a chat, collecting ideas how to organize the EC childcare together for the benefit of everyone involved.
In return for the childcare, the parents could give a donation towards the moreEC – this way everybody got something out of it. It’s an activity we would definitely like to repeat. Thank you Childcare team!
Three traveling teachers and several friends now have main topic of their lives (till the end of December) – moreEC evenings. The Czech approach to the moreEC campaign has been to organize a moreEC evening or weekend in every one of our centers or groups (we have 45 of them so far). We are doing [...]