The phowa course with Lama Ole ended on Monday morning with very good signs and already in the afternoon we could welcome Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, a highly respected lama of the Kagyu lineage. Sherab Rinpoche started the 72 hours Chenrezig meditation and we are very happy to meditate in his powerfield of Maniwa: the one who encouraged others to recite the Mani mantra more than one billion (1,000,000,000) times. Rinpoche and Lama Ole are regularly coming to meditate with people in the big gompa tent and more then 40 countries are simultaneously joining the meditation via streaming.
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As well as the presence of the Lamas, hours of phowa practice, meditation and initiations, many other things are also happening right now at the EC. The kitchen is serving 3000 meals a day, the welcome team is arranging shuttles for people going up and down the hill, the cafeteria team always has fresh cakes and foamy cappucinos, the cleaning team takes care of 70 showers and toilets, the dharma shop is selling books and I grow EC is providing the members with new and fancy T-shirts. And of course there are always meetings of the teams and helpers, meetings with the foundation and some presentations arranged for the Lamas. And we cannot forget our villa which was open during the phowa, for everybody to see the house and the statues inside…
The very first day started with a great program: initiation into the Buddha of Limitless Light given by 17th Gyalwa Karmapa. The highest Lama of our lineage was greeted by everyone on his walk up to the gompa. He was welcomed by traditional Bavarian music and a speech given by Caty. Friends came from 57 countries around the world to spend time together and also express their many thanks to Gyalwa Karmapa for a great tour in Europe. EC was the last stop on the tour for this year and everybody felt a strong bond of friendship and blessing. In his last message to us, Gyalwa Karmapa once again said that the most important thing is our friendship and our bond to our teacher. He was also very touched by our devotion to the dharma. What an amazing day at the Europe Center!
Friends, the course will start really soon and surprisingly there was not heavy rain so far, but you never know with this mountain weather. Anyway, the place is getting more and more ready for welcoming Lamas and all of you, who are taking part this year.
Yesterday the big course kitchen started to cook, cafeteria is already making great capuccinos, shuttle servis is working perfectly, stage is going to be arranged and the tent next to the villa is always full for regular morning and evening meditations.
Do you have déjá vu from time to time? Do you remember last year at the end of July? We were all here preparing the first International Summer course on our own land. And the time to the second one is getting shorter and shorter. The teams are already here and all is going well to be finished on time. However, we would be very happy for your helping hands if you have time to come early. Looking forward to see you here again!
Behind every successful man there is one (or more) exhausted woman. Ladies and gentleman, let me introduce our construction women heroes: Aleksa, Daniela, Katrin, Beate and of course many others who are coming and joining the heavy construction work. All of them are very skillful and talented, so in case you need to build a house, don´t just look for a man to help :) These ladies can do it all!
Only five weeks to go until the 2nd International Summer Course with H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje, H.H. Shamar Rinpoche, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl, things are getting up to full speed at the EC. The atmosphere is more relaxed than last year, but there is still plenty to do and both pro-craftsmen and helpers are needed. So, check out the ongoing activities and if you would like to come and join in, please contact us at: email@example.com. Everybody is very welcome!
The construction team has been working rapidly for weeks building up the brand new “Baucafé” on the meadow next to the villa, over-viewing breathtakingly beautiful Alpsee lake. And although until now it “only” consists of wooden beams, windows and a roof, it’s already a wonderful place to spend an evening with friends from all over the world who have come to help — chilling out quite romantically in the straw after a day of meditating and working together.
But there’s a lot more fun and activities going on: the road is being fixed, wood is taken from the forest and being prepared and stored, the garden is getting more and more beautiful, the roofs and chimneys have to be repaired… and in the villa’s basement, the new “lounge” is being refurbished and should be ready for the Summer Course as well.
And if all this wasn’t already enough — the statue exhibition in the villa is a big success with the Immenstadt public. A lot of visitors from town and surroundings come every Sunday to take part in the guided tours and thereby make their own connection with Buddhism and the Europe Center.
This is, of course, all just besides the extensive building-up of kitchen, dining tent, gompa tent and the infrastructure for the Summer Course itself. So be spontaneous — just get a few of your Sangha friends into a car, onto a bus or train and come to support the build-up phase if you can. We’re looking forward to seeing you!
Beautiful, warm and sunny days made a great setting for the second transmission weekend. Many friends made their way to the EC on Friday to hear Matt Huddleston tell many interesting and exciting stories about the Karma Kagyu transmission lineage. With his English style he really brought the history to life.
Saturday, after an hour of Ngöndro practice, Pedro Gomez kept the gompa fully concentrated with stories of how H.H.the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa was found. Hardly anybody moved, not wanting to miss the beautiful descriptions and anecdotes Pedro shared with lots of humor.
In the evening Pedro and his wife Dorit illustrated the incredible stories with pictures and videos. Mäc (Matthias Weitbrecht) continued with more pictures and fact finding, complimented by Pedro, Michael van den Hoet and Caty. After the pictures the panel talked about how the 17th Karmapa controversy unrolled.
Then on Sunday, Michael van den Hoet shared his wealth of knowledge. Caty concluded the second transmission weekend with questions and answers and talked about how our modern and western style has been developing over the years.
Dear friends, even though this was only our second transmission weekend, it is clear we have established a strong EC tradition!
After nearly two months (with some short breaks for a few small courses), Lama Ole and his team have finished the book retreat in the EC. This book project is almost over, and just a few friends like Caty still need to make some corrections to the text in order to publish the book as soon as possible. As you can imagine we all had an amazing time with the Lama working over our heads, and also with all of you who came to spend some days in his strong powerfield. Nevertheless, everything goes very fast, and at first light this morning the Lama gave a quick blessing and left, and in the evening the team will be already landing in New York city.
We all love it when a plan comes together, and it looks like the second International Summer Course is going to be great. As you can imagine, organizing a course for so many people is quite a challenge. At the last meeting before the course, 150 friends came together to put the finishing touches on the designs, plan some surprises, and make and enjoy strong friendships. It was impressive to see how the friends who showed their qualities last year, the old dogs, and the fresh new faces came together. Undoubtedly these joyful heroes will make the next course a great success. With our new EC motto “Come and join in” we warmly invite you to help before, during, and after the course.
Over the last weeks, an international group has been sweating hard in darkened rooms over hot keyboards to produce the new leaflet with all the information about the course, and a brand new registration form, which will both be out very soon. Stay tuned :-)