Stupa Inauguration in Renchen-Ulm

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Stupa Inauguration in Renchen-Ulm

February 28th, 2016

February marked the historical inauguration of the world’s first relic Stupa of Shamar Rinpoche at the Bodhi Path Center in Renchen-Ulm, Germany.

Following the kind invitation by the Bodhi Path Sangha, many members of the Europe Center team drove to Renchen-Ulm to help and take part in this very special celebration, honoring the second highest teacher of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, whose last incarnation passed away in this very place during the summer of 2014. Shamar Rinpoche’s relics are now preserved under an elegant pavilion-like roof structure in a golden Stupa, all surrounded by a beautiful garden for meditation. Meditating close to relics of highly realized teachers like Shamar Rinpoche is considered to be very powerful in Buddhism.

With hundreds attending the ceremony, the inauguration was conducted by Shamar Rinpoche’s brother Jigme Rinpoche, who also taught at a meditation course ringing in the festivities. After the inauguration, colorful balloons with wishes for the benefit of all beings and especially for Shamar Rinpoche’s swift rebirth were released into the skies above Renchen-Ulm.

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Welcome, Fire Monkey!

February 9th, 2016

Welcome to the new Tibetan year, the year of the male fire monkey! Chinese astrology promises for this year to be a rather challenging one for the world and, at the same time, full of opportunity to succeed by applying patience as well as creativity.

So why not celebrate the New Year with a traditional Nepali and Tibetan dinner: momos! For a whole afternoon, the EC team including the kids came together in the kitchen to prepare 800 (!!!) of these steamed dumplings with filling. Traditionally, momos are prepared with minced meat filling. Our creative chefs also offered delicious vegetarian versions for the festive dinner.

So – may you all enjoy a free, peaceful, healthy, happy and meaningful year of the Fire Monkey, wether you believe in astrology or not! ;)

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Eagle Eye View

February 1st, 2016

These aereal views taken by a friend’s quadrocopter are not the end of the line just yet…

Have a look at the stunning 360° panoramas of the Europe Center on this website. Just click on the little dots to go to the next panorama view and enjoy your flight across the Europe Center and the Great Alpsee lake or fly up to the Summer Course plateau in deep snow to take a look down on the EC from there!

http://www.spaceandviews.net/wp-content/uploads/panos/ec/20160119winterpano/index.html

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Continuing our process of finding new and improving old ways of decision making and team building, the local EC sangha met for another big center meeting.

This is taking place once per month now, providing the opportunity for most sangha members, who might not be able to join the weekly center meetings on Wednesdays, to take part in talking about important decisions that need to be made and to inspire each other.

After the annual foundation meeting with Lama Ole in Amden/Switzerlandat the very beginning of the year, the connection and processes involving both the restructured Diamond Way Buddhism foundation as well as the Europe Center were an important topic. Several of the foundation board members came to join the meeting in order to report from Amden and exchange with the whole EC team.

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Winter Wonderland Is Back

January 18th, 2016

For several years in a row, winter in the Allgäu region is not quite reaching up to its original reputation of the snow staying uninterruptedly for around 6 to 7 months each year.

But at the end of January after some spring-like days when Lama Ole was stopping by, Winter wonderland came back along with blue skys – we hope you enjoy looking at the pictures as much as we did taking them!

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Since the meditation weeks in November, we thought we would only be able to welcome Lama Ole back to the EC in March. However, just when you least expect it… he passed by for a night to repack his bags.

There was enough time for Lama Ole and his wife Alexandra to have dinner with the EC Sangha and everyone who happened to be staying at the Europe Center that day, to answer some questions. After finishing with re-packing, they spontaneously shared a lovely video about the  past year on the road together, which Alexandra presented to Lama Ole for New Year’s, and joined for the movie afterwards.

Now off to retreat, Lama Ole will come back to the EC for a weekend of program in March – we are very much looking forward and wish him and Alexandra a wonderful time and the best of health until then!

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Winter is long for the team of the International Summer Course – such a long time apart! So there was joy all around for the extended core team aka. the team leaders and other friends to meet up at the EC for a weekend of planning and brain storming for the 2016 course.

The revision and restructuring of decision making processes and teams were an important topic also for the international team coordinating the organization of the big EC course. Lively discussions, touching honesty and clarifying talks took place. Some of the core team members are taking breaks or are stepping back from their areas of responsibility in order to give space for new ideas and visions to develop and blossom.

However, at the end of the day, most of us felt that the friendship which has grown over so many years of running the course together is so deep and precious that it will survive any challenges coming on the way anyway and just become deeper and deeper every year.

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Happy New Year 2016, everyone!

January 3rd, 2016

The EC celebrated into the new year in style…

After joining the 12 hour meditation and the Bodhisattva promise at the Prague New Year’s course with Lama Ole Nydahl via live streaming, we enjoyed a wonderful dinner buffet followed by a joyful James-Bond-themed party with lots of dancing way into 2016.

The best of New Year’s wishes from the EC-Team to you! Let’s make 2016 a year full of meaning, joy and freedom together – for the benefit of all sentient beings!

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Christmas at the Europe Center

December 27th, 2015

We had a lovely Christmas evening with around 40 friends at the EC…

We enjoyed the delicious duck and other specialties prepared by the Christmas dinner team and later on exchanged presents, danced and had nice chats with each other.

In the days to follow the gang got to enjoy some well-deserved holiday time: long breakfasts, meditations, trips to the ice-skating rink in Immenstadt and sunny hikes in the mountains!

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As every year, we got together to sign over 700 New Year’s cards to send to the Diamond Way Buddhist Centers around the globe and to neighbors and friends.

However, something was slightly different this year! Instead of drinking hot glogg and eating cookies close to the ovens inside, we took the card signing action outside in spring-like temperatures, wearing sun screen and sun glasses on our new terrace underneath the chestnut trees.

Have a nice holiday season, whereever you are!

 

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