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Czechs are attacking the EC!

November 14th, 2009

This was it: the very first country weekend in the EC! Friends from the Czech Republic came to spend two days in the autumnal Europe Center to use and run the place in a way that every country decides for itself.

When the idea of the country weekend appeared a few months ago, we already had a good feeling about it because it is a great opportunity to spend some time here. The country weekend is based on the chance that everybody can arrange the programm, time, food etc. here. So the Czechs came with a bus of friends to prepare famous traditional dumplings for everybody, to make two meditation sessions a day, to listen to lectures of travelling teachers, to throw a party and to take care of the kitchen and all the things in the house.  So everyone got a taste of life here and enjoyed the villa, the gompa and the nature around.

The country weekends are no closed events, everybody is welcome to be here and to get a feeling of the style how different countries do the things. After this first one, many more are coming up: Slovak weekend, Italian weekend, Swiss weekend, Russian week etc.. You can just check our EC calendar.

As we all know the very good tool on the way to enlightenment is to leave the own village and travel to different countries and break a lot of concepts. And if you cannot travel everywhere – just come to the EC, the whole world comes by here anyway!

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Most of the beautifully coloured leaves have fallen to the ground, the top half of the mountains on the opposite side of the lake are snow-white and the nights are getting quite chilly. So our forest team Jürgen and JC are spending their day outside doing what needs to be done, before the first heavy snowfall. Surely they will get a lot of support from the Czech friends coming for the first country weekend at the Europe Center.

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Breakfast with Lama Ole

November 2nd, 2009

Last Friday morning we had a lovely breakfast with Lama Ole and friends from the EC, Immenstadt, Schwarzenberg and other nearby sanghas, before he left for the centers meeting in Braunschweig.

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Europe Center Sangha Dinner

October 26th, 2009

This weekend the Immenstadt/Europe Center Sangha came together for a relaxed and delicious dinner at the EC. After months of exciting events and enormous activity, the time was just right to celebrate the joy and friendship we shared this summer, and how we managed to work and live together in such a fine style. The food, made by everyone, was tasty and had great international variety – from sushi and pumpkin soup to homemade Irish bread and Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte.

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A busy weekend in the EC

October 19th, 2009

The lonely autumn has turned out to very busy weekend filled with interesting people:  Hamburg sangha came from the North to give us a tranmission from the times of their famous Hamburg Bau Café, the core team of the Summer course met to give each other feed-back from this years summer course, a group of Czechs explored the forests for wood work and friends from Munich came with the  Schwarzenberg sangha for the first official inauguration night in our amazing caffeteria.  Imagine two DJs, great dancing music, the best caipirinha and the smell of fresh wooden Bau Cafe facing the lake view.

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Things have gone a little quiet on the blog front recently and for this we apologize. However this is not because we’ve been lazing around here at the EC or running off on exotic holidays, rather we have been  busy, cleaning-up after the courses, building roofs, finishing the bau cafe, repairing terraces, cutting trees……plus many other things, as we get ready for the fast approaching winter!

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The perfect end to the retreat, a Q&A session for the 8th Karmapa practitioners and a blessing for the team, from our very special surprise guest .

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The 8th Karmapa Retreat

September 16th, 2009

Just a few weeks after the end of the Summer Course, the next EC event started to appear. A small team returned (actually some never left) to build-up the first ever 8th Karmapa retreat at the EC. Though it was a small event compared with the Summer Course, with only just over 1200 on site, and with much simpler facilities, the 8th Karmapa practitioners in the gompa and the ngondro practicing team outside, seemed to have a great time. For the 8th Karmapa practitioners, there were meditations with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole, commentaries on the 8th Karmapa text from Rinpoche, and evening questions and answer sessions with Lama Ole, at the same time the team had their own evening program in the team gompa; and on Saturday Rinpoche gave a wonderful initiation in to Karma Pakshi for everyone. The finale was a big suprise from very special guest…………

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Amazing days in the EC with Shamar Rinpoche are over, but you can still have a look at few pictures from this great event. Shamar Rinpoche gave Mahamudra course and initiation into 3rd Karmapa at the end of the Summer course 2009. Highly respected Lama taught us about mind and as a cherry on the cake he gave us for the first time in Europe the intiation into 3rd Karmapa. We all had such a great time and we are already looking forward to host you next year here, or even better – anytime you wish to come during the upcoming year!

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The tenth day of the course brought very insipring program: Loving Eyes initiation given by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Here are the photoimpressions from this event!

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