Christmas at the EC with Amadeo Rosenheim

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Yes, even we Buddhists like to embrace traditional Western culture: decorating a tree in the living room, having lots of good food together and exchanging presents!

However, we even go lots on top this Christmas: Diamond Way teacher Amadeo Rosenheim from Mexico came to give lectures (and to deliver a brilliant performance in the pantomime challenge on christmas eve). Amadeo met Lama Ole Nydahl in 2005 in London. In 2008, he moved to Cancún, Mexico where he has lived since. Lama Ole asked him to teach in 2013 and he now spends as much time as possible at the EC,  following a wish of Lama Ole.

You think we’re done with building at the EC? Think again! :)

The first of four field barns on the Summer course premises built in the style of the Allgäu region was properly inaugurated by our carpenters and many friends who came to celebrate in (semi-)traditional style.

Edwin pulled out his Sunday best carpenter’s outfit to read a traditional poem thanking everyone involved in the construction and including good wishes for the benefit of the new building. And the inauguration would be neither complete nor auspicious without three toasts together as well! Homemade burgers for everyone on top – a wonderful little party celebrating the amazing work of our voluntary EC architects and carpenters.

The field barns will be used to store the Summer course stuff like kitchen equipment and building material for the tents. So on the long run, they will save us quite a bit of money that would otherwise be spent on renting lots of storage space.

The Europe Center is located in the Allgäu region of Bavaria, which historically belongs to the area of Swabia.

The friends from the local centers surrounding and supporting the Europe Center with their man power and surplus spent a weekend together practicing, sharing and listening to teachings by Diamond Way teacher Klaus Neukirchen. Klaus recently moved to the EC from Munich with his wife, following Lama Ole’s wish for several of his teaching long term students to engage in the EC as much as possible.

Full moon is traditionally considered to be an excellent time for meditation, increasing the intensity and multiplying the good impressions. So with those who have completed a Phowa course with Lama Ole Nydahl, we practice this precious meditation on full moon nights.

Lama Ole has taught this transference of consciousness meditation to more than 80,000 people worldwide over many years. In the meditation practice one learns to transfer consciousness at the moment of death into a state of highest bliss.

Through the meditation on “conscious dying” you get the opportunity to work intensively with the process of your own death. Buddhist teachings contain very precise descriptions on the process of dying, death and the stages between death and rebirth. Many teachers and meditation masters have also had a lot of experience with the process of dying.

Those that have learnt the Phowa practice also learn how to actively help others at the moment of death. Lama Ole Nydahl received the transmission of the Phowa teachings from different Tibetan Lamas and is today the most significant teacher of this practice in the Western world. Those that wish to take part in the 5 day course can find the important information and necessary preparation meditation in every Diamond Way Buddhist center.

Bavarian Centers Meeting

November 13th, 2016

This year the Bavarian Diamond Way Buddhist centers took to the Europe Center for their annual meeting. The Sanghas from the centers all over Bavaria have been helping a lot at the EC from the beginning on.

There are 31 Diamond Way Buddhist Centers in Bavaria, Germany’s largest federal state by area and second largest by population. To connect these sanghas and to bring out the most benefit for people interested in Buddhism, it takes quite a bit of organization and coordination. This is why the sangha members come together: to meditate together, to brainstorm, to find ways to share the work on bigger projects like the upcoming statue exhibition in Regensburg and to get to know each other better.

On top, all these sanghas do their best not only to run their own center, but also to support the Europe Center as much as possible. We loved to host their annual meeting this year and look forward to seeing many of them again very soon!

Did you know that we now frequently have whole weekend courses full of meditation practice and lectures with Diamond Way teachers at the Europe Center? You are warmly invited!

This time, Anton Orlov from Israel guided the meditations and gave lectures, joined by local Diamond Way Teachers for some sessions. Anton Orlov has been practicing Diamond Way Buddhism since 2002 and has been teaching on behalf of Lama Ole Nydahl since 2012. He lives in Beer Sheva, Israel.

Focussing on the Foundational Practices (Tib. Ngöndro), we meditated in four sessions per day. At the beginnings of the sessions, Anton gave inspiring talks on all objects of refuge in Diamond Way Buddhism:

- Buddha (the enlightend state of our mind)
- Dharma (Buddha’s teachings bringing us towards this state)
- Sangha (the realized Bodhisattvas and friends on the way)
- Teacher (Skt. Guru, Tib. Lama; uniting blessing, methods and protection).

Please check our events page for more weekend courses with Diamond Way teachers!

Open House – One More Time!

October 12th, 2016

Because of the popularity of our past open house days, we decided to try with two days every year, one in spring and one in autumn. The rather rainy autumn weather did not keep several hundred people from taking the shuttle from the down at the lake up to the Europe Center. There is no bad weather, just bad clothing, as they say. :)

Our guests had time to join tours of the old monument-protected buildings of “Gut Hochreute” as well as of the new building. Afterwards, pretty much everyone attended the introductory explanations and the guided meditation in the big gompa, taking the chance also to admire the upper floor of the rebuilt old barn which is now of course our beautiful, shining meditation hall.

Many visitors bought books in the Dharma shop to deepen their Buddhist knowledge or meditation supply like a meditation booklet along with a mala (Tib., prayer beads), or some incense for inspiration at home.

After all this, everyone got their well-deserved coffee with homemade cake or Leberkäs-Semmel and enjoyed some relaxed time in our pub.

For us it was a great pleasure once again to host so many interested people and to answer so many bright and open questions about Buddhism!

There must be quite some good karma involved when Lama Ole comes out from behind the curtain to surprise you on your birthday party – Tomek Lehnert most certainly has got that karma!

Lama Ole’s longterm student, travel companion and Diamond Way teacher turned 60 just a day after the Summer Course, and of course the Summer Course team joined forces with the EC team to throw him an appropriate birthday bash after Tomek guided the evening meditation.

Thousands of students had already signed his huge birthday card, filled a whole book with good wishes for Tomek and given generous donations during the course – we dare to say that Tomek was close to tears when he got his present and the card, along with a huge birthday cake, speeches by friends, acrobatic performances, a video presentation by Lama Ole’s wife Alexandra, and an invitation to be the DJ at his own party for the rest of the night.

As if that wasn’t enough already, Lama Ole made a surprise appearance to congratulate Tomek and joined the dancing afterwards.

Many happy returns, dearest Tomek – and thank you for being such an inspiration to thousands of people on their way to liberation and enlightenment!

As is EC tradition, we open the doors of the Villa every Sunday in June for our beautiful statue exhibition.

Visiting the statue exhibition, one can learn not only about the meaning of Buddhist statues and their profound symbolism. The heart of the annual statue exhibition is made of the collection of statues residing at the Europe Center. Many of them are used in the center’s daily life for Buddhist meditation practices. On top, there are always some „hidden treasures“ displayed, chosen especially for the occasion.

It might come as a surprise for people not familiar with Buddhism that Buddhist statues actually do not depict any gods—Buddha is not a god but rather reference to a perfect state of mind. The different forms, with precisely prescribed proportions, attributes and expressions, are thus symbolizing and reflecting various enlightened qualities of one’s own mind.

Recently we started to have a lecture by a Diamond Way Teacher every Saturday, and sometimes even for several lectures on one weekend.

Lama Ole Nydahl has asked more than 100 of his experienced students to travel and share their experience and knowledge of Diamond Way Buddhism around the world–the Diamond Way teachers.

We had the pleasure of welcoming teachers from Germany, Russia, Hungary, Israel, Slovenia, Italy and other countries over the past months, and many more of course still to come. Amongst others, the lecture topics were “Meditation, Action and View”, “The Sangha”, “The Student-Teacher-Relationship in Diamond Way Buddhism” and “The History of the Karma Kagyu Lineage”.

Please join us on Saturday evenings for the lectures and please check our Facebook page or event calendar for updates frequently!