International Summer Course team meeting

EC Blog Archive for June, 2012

On the weekend of May 26-27, the 2012 International Summer Course team gathered at the EC for our planning meeting. Highlights of this year’s course include a seven-day Phowa course with Lama Ole, followed by a full week of teachings from Gyalwa Karmapa and Lama Ole on guru yoga and about various Kagyu masters. We will also enjoy a twelve-hour meditation on the 16th Karmapa guided by the 17th Karmapa himself, along with initiations of Rechungpa and Marpa.

A few logistical improvements will also ensure a smooth course: Following Lama Ole’s request to have better focus in the gompa, children will not permitted in the gompa but instead will be taken care of by a team of childcare professionals.  In addition, there will be a designated family area with streaming in the dining tent, and a special program for teenagers is also taking shape. The barn will be lightened up and spruced up to be the main meeting space throughout the course and for the International Diamond Way meeting before the course. Country video presentations will be held in the dining tent, letting us keep the gompa for teachings and meditation. Lastly, parking will be very limited, so please try to carpool with friends instead of driving alone.

We’ll have four “building-up” weekends before the course (beginning on July 7-8), and we expect 100-200 friends from many different countries each weekend.  To learn more or to register to come help, visit

For all information, see the main EC Summer Course page:

We very much look forward to welcoming you all to these year’s course, and until then enjoy the photos below.

Your EC Summer Course Team

Our statue exhibition takes place at the Europe Center every year at the beginning of summer. The art nouveau villa at Gut Hochreute opens its doors for the visitors to serve as the harmonious setting for an exhibition of Buddhist statues.

Last Sunday, Lama Ole Nydahl guided this year’s first tour of the exhibition. Tibetan Buddhist statuary is the embodiment of a profound symbolism that goes far beyond purely artistic expression. The statues displayed are used as support and mirror-like inspiration for Buddhist meditation practice – with the goal of developing for the benefit of all.

Guided tours for everyone interested with explanations about the symbolism of the statues and their attributes are available on Sunday afternoons from 3-5 pm until July 1, 2012. Dates and prices for groups and school classes are available by appointment. (phone: +49 170 7309766).

This year’s exhibition will be rounded off by our traditional annual Classical Music Summer Matinée under the arcades on July 1, 2012 at 11 am.