Transmission days with Lama Ole and friends

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For the second time our Transmission days took place at the EC starting after the Phowa course. All three days were held by Lama Ole, Caty and Tomek telling us all kinds of stories about how Diamond Way Buddhism has developed in the West since 1991 till 2000.

The conversations were supplemented by photographs and short films shown on two big screens. Lama Ole’s students in the audience commented the stories in order to give a colorful picture of the past. Many people were attending these days and learned about the history of Diamond Way Buddhism in the West.

Although the Transmission Days are over for this year, we are already looking forward to the next programm: a 12hr meditation on Loving Eyes and initiations into long life aspects with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche.

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Just before the start of a wonderful second session of the Transmission Days about the history of Diamond Way Buddhism in the West with Lama Ole, Caty and Tomek, the EC Villa was surrounded by bright orange skys, dramatic clouds – and a beautiful triple rainbow. The Buddhas apparently like our history! ;-)

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The Summer course could not place without most of the participants stopping by the job center to pick up a voluntary mini job every once in a while.

Additionally to the summer course teams that have been preparing the running of the course for many months ahead, hundreds of helpers are needed day and night to run a huge event like this. And judging from the pictures, a lot of additional fun (and good karma of course!) also comes with every job – which is probably another reason why the “Job center” is called “moreJoy center” this year!?! ;-)

The variety of jobs to choose from is broad. Just to mention a few: veggie chopping and cooking in the kitchen, running the laundry center, cleaning bathrooms, floors, and pretty much anything else, selling coffee and cake or the Diamond Way “GUiDE” – updated and printed right in time for the course -, informing friends where to find what at the info point – or actually running around the course site in order to remind everyone to take over a little job in between the meditation sessions.

We would like to encourage every participant of the course to share some of their surplus as well, and thank every single one of those helpers for generously giving their time and bringing so much good energy and joy into even the last corner of the tents and to everyone. Without you – this really would not be possible!!!

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Phowa meditation course

August 7th, 2011

Never before did so many people attend a course with Lama Ole Nydahl to learn the meditation practice of Conscious Dying as over the past week at the EC. On Sunday morning, Lama Ole and his team checked around 500 heads for the outer signs of a successful phowa meditation.

The Conscious Dying (Tibetan: “Phowa”) is a meditation practice taught by Lama Ole several times a year worldwide in special courses. Through this meditation one becomes able to prepare mind for the moment of death and thereby transfer it to a liberated state.

The Phowa has been passed on from a teacher or Buddhist master to his disciples for many centuries. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the teachings and meditation practice of Phowa from several Tibetan Lamas and is today the most important teacher of this practice in the Western world.

In his new book “Von Tod und Wiedergeburt” (soon available also in English), he describes the process of dying and explains what happens between death and rebirth. Furthermore, we learn how everyone can achieve a better transition through certain meditations and a higher level of consciousness in the state after death. This knowledge does not only help at the end of one’s lifetime, but reduces the fear of death immediately and enriches the perspective on life in the here and now.

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One of many international meetings during the summer course and definitely a very significant one – on Saturday the new board of trustees of the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation met in the EC Villa.

The goal of the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation is to make the millennium-old Buddhist wisdom accessible to the people of the modern world. The tradition of the Diamond Way, which is threatened in the East, should be preserved for future generations in the West. In due time, its methods and values should be returned to its countries of origin.

The foundation…
offers public access to Buddhist teachings and meditations.
creates publicly-accessible places for meeting, exchange, studies and retreat.
is asked to support Buddhist-oriented terminal care.
finances the translation of traditional Buddhist texts into western languages
supports Buddhist art, Tibetan medicine and culture.
organizes, attends to and supports international Buddhist networks.
supports charitable and social services within the context of a non-profit organization.

The foundation works worldwide with our 600 Buddhist centers. Over the next year, the main focus will be on the extension of the Europe Center and the construction of its new buildings. After this, the foundation’s focus of activity is going to shift to other projects all over the world again.
If you would like to know more about the Diamond Way Buddhism Foundation, please visit www.buddhismus-stiftung.de.

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Just a quick snapshot from the team area behind the kitchen proving how easy it is to catch buddhists from lots of different countries having fun after lunch together.

Jean Christophe from France, Marek from Warsaw/Poland, Macarena from Buenos Aires/Argentina, Johanna from Graz/Austria, Eckart from Buenos Aires, Helena from Rejkjavik/Iceland – and Copenhagen/Denmark – Axel and Lisa from Argentina, Doris from Innsbruck/Austria and John from Madison, USA.

Spontaneously sharing a laugh, experiences and stories over a meal surely creates new and deepens old friendships across the globe that are going to last much longer than this course!

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The 4th International Summer Course at the Europe Center is off to a magnificent start!

Following the first International Center Meeting, Lama Ole has been teaching the meditation practice of conscious dying during the last days in the biggest Phowa course ever – worldwide.

However… there is so much more to come. The new model of the planned Europe Center building now on display in the dining tent is just the beginning. On August 7th, watch the kick-off of the moreEC fundraising campaign – either together with Lama Ole and thousands of friends in the gompa tent or anywhere else in the world via live streaming.

MoreJOY, moreACTION, moreEC!
Watch the space… ;-)

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From the very first days of the Europe Center, friends coming together from all over the world to exchange the latest news, share their country’s challenges and solutions, and establish deep and lasting friendships has been a part of every day life. But this year, for the first time ever, 72 people from 32 countries were invited to participate in two full days of working meetings – the first International Center Meeting.

After preparing an informative poster for each country, representatives joined the first small group discussions, where those who arrived with “unique” challenges quickly discovered friends who overcame them years ago, and inspirational stories and ideas flew around thick and fast. In the afternoon, Lama Ole and Caty joined the meeting to listen as each country presented the state of their local sangha – their challenges, opportunities and inspirations – greatly enriched by the Lama’s stories about the history of Diamond Way Buddhism in each country. After a long day of exciting discussion, Lama Ole spontaneously invited everyone at the Europe Center to join him as he read and explained the Ganges Mahamudra text, sung by the yogi Tilopa to his student Naropa in the 11th century, sending us all to bed with smiles and refreshed minds.

The second day was for diving deeper into hot topics identified on day one: retreat centers, translation, kids, sangha connections, publishing, and much more. Rapid exchange in rotating working groups led to a valuable collection of experience and ideas, all with the goal of developing lasting teams to continue the exchange into the future. Results and information will be presented at the “market place” in the barn on the afternoon of August 12th. We look forward to seeing you and sharing with you then!

Matt, Australia

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It’s done! The tents are up and “furnished”, many many friends are already here awaiting the kick-off of the 4th International Summer Course at the EC.

In between all the buzzing activity of the course build-up, there was also a different side to the last four weeks. Volen from Bulgaria beautifully captured some of the more quiet moments of friendship, reflection, relaxation, and meditation. Enjoy!

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We asked some friends to tell us what they think, what they feel being at the EC during the preparation time. See the EC trough their eyes :)

„We are so quick! Everything is smooth – the EC and the Summer Course teams are working perfectly together.”

Ingo from Germany

„After four years, it is clear how important it is to meet regularly over the years and spend some time together in order to make the team cooperate more smoothly. And this year many people have surplus, many things are done much earlier.”

Roman from Czech Republic

„Amazing build up with lots of friends from all over the world with lots of surplus.”

Sven from Germany

„Being at the Europe Center is incredible. So many people gather, share their skills, discover new dimensions, and gain from the exchange. Everything always fits perfectly.”

John from USA

„Great building-up phase! More relaxed then ever, a lot of fun and a good mood everywhere! A lot of people but still a cosy atmosphere.”

Ricarda from Germany

„Coming here, especially, from Australia, is amazing. You can really see the potential, and how much our Lama inspires people. So much activity, so much joyful effort and so many deep connections developing so fast! I’m so glad I can be a part ot it every year and wish that everyone have the conditions to join in!”

Matt from Australia

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