Day 4 – Mahamudra teachings with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche

EC Blog Archive for July, 2015

Four sessions of teachings about the Great Seal (Skt. Mahamudra) texts by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje with Rinpoche in two days – a lot to learn and great inspiration to meditate even more right the same evening.

In Buddhism, meditation means “effortlessly remaining in what is.” This state may be brought about by calming and holding the mind, by realizing compassion and wisdom, or by working with the body’s energy channels and meditating on Buddha forms of light and energy. The most effective method is the constant identification with one’s own Buddha nature which is taught in Diamond Way Buddhism.

The most effective method is the constant identification with one’s own Buddha nature which is taught in the Diamond Way. When the oneness of the seer, what is seen, and the act of seeing is unbroken—during and between the times of meditation—the goal of the Great Seal (skt. Mahamudra) is reached.

Before Lama Ole left for Dhagpo in France to welcome Gyalwa Karmapa to Europe and accompany him to the EC, he started the first of two 8-hour meditations this year together with Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche.

As an introduction and inspiration for the following meditation session over 8 hours, Rinpoche explained the practice and the 100 syllable mantra of Diamond Mind (Skt. Vajrasattva, Tib. Dorje Sempa). The meditation practice on Diamond Mind purifies karmic imprints left by former harmful thoughts, words and actions in our subconscious. Is the second of the Four Foundational Practices (Tib. Ngöndro), also known as the preliminary practices of the Great Seal (Skt. Mahamudra). They lay the basis for realizing the true nature of mind. Involving many repetitions, they create strong positive imprints, making one unshakeable.

The third day of the course was rounded of with a panel of Diamond Way teachers from Italy, Australia and Russia.

What’s happening onstage is one part  – the world around is another multi-faceted side of the Summer Course!

On the second day of this year’s Summer Course, Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche gave an empowerment into a Guru Yoga meditation aspect, the 2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi and his mandala.

The life stories of the Karmapas according to traditional account are all full of vivid examples of their mind’s miraculous powers, meditation experiences and encounters with Buddhas. The 2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi (1204 – 1283) was the first consciously reincarnated Lama of Tibet. Ever since that time, the Karmapas have manifested in a successive line of reincarnations until the present day, always heading the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism.

On July 27th, many months of planning and five weeks of building up for the start of the Summer Course came to a very happy end.

Lama Ole Nydahl was greeted by thousands of people in the big gompa tent, opening the 23rd International Summer Course, already at the Europe Center for the eighth year now.

We think it is not exaggerated to say that this year’s program is many dreams come true at the same time. To celebrate what we have achieved together, H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje, Lama Jigme Rinpoche, Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and of course Lama Ole will come together at the EC. Gyalwa Karmapa is going to inaugurate the new buildings, give teachings and the first empowerments from the Chik She Kun Drol empowerment cycle. As if that was not more than enough great gifts already, Lama Jigmela, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche , Lama Ole and Diamond Way teachers are going to give teachings and guide meditations as well.

Welcome home, friends from all over the world – let’s celebrate!

Right in time for the course, Lama Ole Nydahl and many friends gave a heartfelt welcome to Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche – in the new courtyard of the Europe Center. Lama Ole had spent the morning together with some of our photographers to shoot a new official portrait.

Rinpoche is going to give Mahamudra teachings, guide an 8-hour meditation on Diamond Mind (Skt. Vajrasattva, Tib. Dorje Sempa), and he will give empowerments into the Mandala of the 2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi and the 1000-armed form of Loving Eyes (Skt. Sahasrabhuja Avalokiteshvara; Tib. Chagtong Chentong Chenrezig).

Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche is a highly respected lama of the Kagyu lineage. “Maniwa” is a title given to masters of the Chenrezig practice who has accomplished at least a billion OM MANI PEME HUNG mantras.

Welcome home to this year’s International Summer Course at the Europe Center, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole!

Like the years before, representatives from all countries with Diamond Way Buddhist centers and meditation groups were invited to join an international meeting of exchange at the Alpsee Haus in Bühl.

To name but a few of the countries present: Austria, Switzerland, Venezuela, Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States, Belgium, Italy, Serbia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Denmark, Russia, Greece, Australia, New Zealand, Hungary, Sweden, Vietnam and Germany.

Everybody present, many of them very experienced Diamond Way teachers appointed by Lama Ole to teach Diamond Way Buddhim, gave reports of what has been going on in their countries, giving the opportunity for other countries to learn and benefit from these experiences. And everybody also had the chance to ask Lama Ole for his advice concerning the countries’ individual challenges and for possible future tasks.

The International EC Family meeting and its atmosphere showed once again what the 640 Diamond Way Buddhist Centers around the globe and their activity are built on: friendship, idealism and trust!

It’s done! The construction workers, carpenters and voluntary helpers outdid themselves over the last weeks in order to finish the new EC building in time for the start of the International Summer course… they managed, and the new building is really shining.

The beautifully laid-out wooden floors made of oak for inside and of mountain pine for the balconies create a warm atmosphere all around. Daylight comes flooding in through the light wells and the huge windows everywhere. Thanks to the anthracite stone tiling, also the bathrooms with their shower cubicles have a natural feeling to them. Colorful furniture donated by friends and centers, the fair-faced concrete and steel staircase railings combined with fine fabrics for the covers of the beds give the building a unique, modern style. Oh, and yes, then there’s that view across the Allgäu mountains and the lake, of course…

On August 2, H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje will bless and inaugurate our new living space – and put the crown on the years of work of a large team of architects, countless construction workers and dozens of volunteering friends from around the world bringing their expertise, sheer manpower and the millions donated to moreEC, orchestrated by Caty Hartung and inspired by our Lama.

High time to celebrate what we have achieved together!

As soon as the construction workers had finished their work, the work only began!

An armada of voluntary cleaners, strong friends carrying donated and EC-made furniture and decoration experts entered the rooms of the new building to prepare them for the Lamas and parts of the Summer Course team to live in during the course. Within days, they transformed the “raw” rooms already equipped with built-in cupboards into lots of cozy, individually furnished living space for the guests during the course.

Also, the terraces to enjoy meals, tea or just a chat with friends on were finished in time for the course – one at the gate and the big one underneath the two big chestnut trees in front of the barn.

We can’t help but share more of all that energy, joy and friendship here at the EC during the last days of the build-up. Enjoy!