Outdoor team mountain excursion

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One of the many activity teams at the EC open for everyone to join is our outdoor team taking care of everything… yup, you guessed it: outdoors on the huge grounds of the Europe Center.

For some fun and team building, they took everyone interested along for a hike, climbing one of the highest mountains in the area, the Grünten. If you are familiar with Immenstadt, you can easily recognize this mountain looking up from town because of the large antenna on its top.

To Buddhists, there is something else that’s quite remarkable on the top of the Grünten: a mountain infantry monument shaped quite a bit like a Tibetan stupa – a Buddhist monument with deep meaning, representing Buddha. So how did that get on top of a mountain in Bavaria? Its architect Bruno Biehler traveled a lot in Asia. The monument was inspired by the so-called “Lathos” in Tibet – heaps of stones arranged in a shape similar to that of a stupa, often decorated with prayer flags on mantra stones and treasured by the locals for hosting energies.

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1200 visitors at EC Open House

September 30th, 2015

Whoever hadn’t seen the new Europe Center buildings got his or her chance at the Open House day with tours of the premises, the new buildings, the villa and of course the possibility to try a meditation as well.

The potato salad was a class of its own. Along with coffee and cake, it was the perfect lunch for sitting in the sun on the new terrace in front of the cafe. Lots of lively exchange between visitors and Buddhists everywhere, with many questions answered and lots of laughter in between. Introductory talks and guided meditations in our beautiful meditation hall under the old roof of the barn were one option, the guided tours of the old and new buildings were another. There was even the possibility for a glance through one of the open windows of the new building to get an impression of how the inhabitants of the Europe Center live their everyday lives.

Of course, for those who missed this chance of getting to know the Europe Center and Diamond Way Buddhism and take part in a meditation, it is not too late: every Thursday at 7pm, anyone is welcome to join an introductory talk and the guided meditation in German language afterwards.

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Full Moon at the EC

September 27th, 2015

From a Buddhist point of view, full moon days and nights are a wonderful time to meditate because the results of the meditation are stronger. And on top, the full moon transforms the EC in quite a magical way at night!

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New EC Mandala Tour

September 15th, 2015

After lots of new and old residents moved into their new rooms after the Summer Course, they invited everyone for a snack and a drink in their homes.

We’ve been doing this with the friends living in and around Immenstadt, calling it a “Mandala Tour” – this time, it was time to check out our new EC and its inhabitants!

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Many thanks to all the friends who stayed after the end of this year’s Summer course in order to help with the huge task of dismantling the infrastructure! How much fun it is despite a bit of unsurprising exhaustion – we let the pictures do the talking!

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Day 14 – Safe travels!

August 11th, 2015

Within a few hours, thousands of inspired friends left the Europe Center ground heading home after the Channa Dorje empowerment, taking with them lots of blessing, deep impressions, grown and new friendship and lots of wonderful memories. See you latest next year, friends – thank you for coming and making it happen together!

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There are far more people than I could possibly try to see, focus on, or even fit into my peripheral view – they extend so far in every direction, spilling out the doors even as they squeeze ever closer, trying to make it into the frame for our group pic – the crowd immense beyond counting, swaying jovially together in the afternoon sun – as every single of them turns towards me with a bright and joyous smile – their cheers are still echoing in my mind.

What an incredible group of people, one can actually feel their joy in the air as we try to organize everyone, to fit them all in, squeezing more and more, as this is quite possibly the largest group of Buddhists ever assembled in the western world. Seated in the middle is Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and Lama Ole Nydahl, surrounded by thousands and thousands of our dearest Dharma family, eyes glimmering and faces glowing like nothing I have seen before.

The words to describe how this feels escape me – I am just so happy to be here in this place, to capture this special moment in history – seeing this place literally explode with people who have all come to share in the Dharma and to hear the teachings of our great and ever compassionate teacher Karmapa, and to bask in this environment that Lama Ole has created in a lifetime of dedication and hard work. One would think that there would be no way to top what has already happened, each day bringing more and more excitement and splendor to our little secluded corner of Germany here – and yet it continues to astonish me with ever mounting energy.

Today was the last day of our great event here – the grand finale – however this doesn’t even begin to describe how big, enormous, monumental, colossus and huge this really is, how much it means to all of us. For the Dharma to continue to grow in the West, this is a record breaking and pace setting moment in history that deserves to be remembered for years to come – and will be.

For the Europe Center – hosting and successfully putting on such an incredible event, make that a stupendous event, bigger and better than anything I could have imagined, is such a major moment for them as well – the years of their hard work and experience paying off in droves. To celebrate the completion of all the new buildings, the newly inaugurated Gompa by Karmapa himself, this place is on fire with activity and promise for the future. There is cause to celebrate, on every level this is a huge success, and those who have made it possible have some serious credit to take.

— by Tokpa Korlo

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“When we first heard that there would be a meeting with Karmapa, all youngsters got excited and helped preparing to make the meeting as nice as possible. However, then plans changed and the meeting finally took place on Saturday noon after the meditation session.

We all were sitting in this small meeting-room, sining mantras and waiting for Karmapa. Finally he came in with a big smile. It was the second meeting with him at the EC so we showed him what happened at our meetings and courses, e.g. in Graz and Kossin, during the last years so far.

After that we had a nice talk with Gyalwa Karmapa. He told us again how important it is to be so young and to have the possibility to practice, get all teachings we want and meet other young people from around the world in the wonderful Europe Center. Also he seemed impressed that the youth had grown so much and came from a great variety of countries.

Karmapa cared about us, full of compassion, wisdom and fortitude which makes us all very happy. It was an honor to meet our spiritual head, the 17th Karmapa so privately and we are looking forward to seeing him again!”

— by Anna Buchmayer

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Today, in the presence of Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and Lama Ole we have once again come together to wish for the swift rebirth of Shamar Rinpoche.

Seeing his photo hanging on the wall reminds that he is no longer with us and that for the moment we have to brave this world without him. But this is nothing new – well over a year has now passed, and yet today – the feeling remains. Perhaps it is all in my head, a self fulfilling prophecy, but it doesn’t matter – because things continue on, and the day we had today despite my own personal feelings was again, another record breaker.

Today was the first time that the Samantabhadra prayers were ever performed in full, in Tibetan, on this side of the world, sung joyously in a grand chorus of over 8000 voices. The melody echoed across the lake and up the mountains on the other side, the tent full of souls eager and ready to spend their day once again under the burning sun together. 

– by Tokpa Korlo

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Friendship and joyful activity for the benefit of others is all around at the Summer Course!

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