10 years of looking for the right place for the Europe Center, years of collecting donations and building, as well as the inauguration of the new buildings with H.H. Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and Lama Ole Nydahl – it’s all here in our video archive!

Europe Center – our Vision has come true!

Almost 40 minutes of Europe Center history full of deep inspiration, concentrated energy and joy: the search for a suitable place that lasted almost 10 years, years of collecting donations and having a construction site, as well as the grand opening of the new buildings, after which Lama Ole Nydahl spoke these words:

“…It’s not a house, it’s a home. The love which has been put into this place, the vision, the power is really something we can all learn from. People will come from our centers everywhere, they will experience this, they will be deeply impressed. Really, this is amazing and extraordinary. It’s really a gift to the Buddhas.

So let’s meditate more here, let’s work in many ways, let’s train our minds – let’s become able to do more for more beings from this place. It’s an enormous vision, it’s something to lift us all out of our shoes; it’s something very nice!”

All about the International Summer Course

Setting up the tents

Summer Course 2013


Summer Course 2013

Phowa course

Death and rebirth


Buddhas for centers

Summer Course

August 2012

more EC – the film

This film was made by volunteer filmmakers from seven countries. They interviewed more than 40 people involved in the Europe Center project. The documentary that was the result of many hours of footage was part of the “moreEC” fundraiser. It reflects many of the opinions, wishes, ideas and visions behind the Europe Center project.

The construction site at the Europe Center

Laying the foundation stone

April 2013

Making room

April-June 2013

The barn is gone!

May-June 2013

Digging deep…

June 2013

more EC fundraising

August 2013


August 2013


Aug. -Sept. 2013

New barn

Sept.-Dec. 2013

Keep going!

April-May 2014

The new Buddha

August 2014

The Europe Center stupa inauguration

When the Buddhist center in Bern, Switzerland, discovered that it wouldn’t have a suitable place for its stupa in its new building, the sangha decided to look for a suitable new home for the stupa. They chose the Europe Center.

Therefore the stupa, which was originally blessed by Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche in the early 2000s, found its place in the meditation garden below the villa, and in 2014 it was inaugurated once again by Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole Nydahl.

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Photo galleries

Thousand of pictures taken… we chose a few hundred of the most beautiful photo impressions in more than 10 years of EC history for you.


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Summer Course

Every year thousands of Buddhists from all around the world come to the Europe Center to meditate together and listen to lectures.