The EC Sangha’s Monthly Big Center Meeting

EC Blog Archive for January, 2016

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.

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!

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!

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.

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!