Mahamudra & Joyful Effort for the Benefit of All

EC Blog Archive for the ‘Internationality’ Category

After the departure of Lopon Dorji Rinchen Rinpoche and Jigme Rinpoche, Lama Ole continued his teachings on the Great Seal (Skt. Mahamudra, Tib. Chag Chen). The pith instructions on Mahamudra, also referred to as the Ganges-Mahamudra, by the Indian Mahasiddha Tilopa is an unending dwell of inspiration for practitioners of Diamond Way Buddhism and its view.

Tilopa [988 - 1069] condensed the essence of the different teachings in four streams of teachings that were later collected into one set by his main student Naropa under the name of the
„Six Teachings of Naropa“. Tilopa lived in desert places und had a number of disciples. Among them Naropa became the next forefather of the Kagyu Lineage. On the completion of the twelve hardships, Tilopa taught these instructions on the banks of the river Ganges to the Kashmiri pandit, the wise and learned Naropa. Naropa taught The Twenty-Eight Vajra Verses to the great interpreter, the king of translators, Marpa Chökyi Lodrö. Marpa finalized his translation at Pulahari in the north of India.

And who is making it possible for all of us to get these precious teachings? All the voluntary helpers making the course work around the clock. The ladies from the Joy Center (formally knows as the Job Center ;) are running around in the course recruiting helpers for the hundreds of mini jobs per day. Many of the course participants also come by their stand in the dining tent by themselves to grab a job in the kitchen, in the cleaning team or somewhere else.

Goodbye, Jigme Rinpoche!

August 9th, 2016

After almost a week packed with Dharma lectures, empowerments and blessings, we had to let Lama Jigmela go – he is off to his home center Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in France’s Dordogne for now.

The day anyway had a full program of course – Lama Ole Nydahl gave precious Mahamudra teachings based on the Great Seal wishes by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and answered questions.

In the evening, several Dharma projects and Diamond Way Buddhist centers from around the globe, like New Zealand, Spain, Poland or Israel, shared what’s going on at home with inspiring and often enough highly entertaining presentations.

Diamond Way teachers’ lectures, useful and inspiring things to spend one’s money on in the Dharma shops, team spirit and more…

Course Impressions

August 5th, 2016

There are exciting, fascinating and inspiring moments everywhere and all the time at the Summer Course – here’s a miscellaneous selection of some of them captured by our brilliant photographers – we hope you enjoy!

Diamond Way Family Meeting

August 1st, 2016

As is tradition right before the Summer Course, around 60 friends from Great Britain, the Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Switzerland, Israel, Colombia, Ukraine, USA, Australia, Austria, Russia, New Zealand, Spain, Venezuela and Serbia came together for two full days of intense exchange.

The Diamond Way Family meeting has been taking place for several years already, with many frequent participants as well as some fresh faces joining in. In a wonderful, really family-like atmosphere, the main point of discussion was one which has been dealt with in pretty much every center around the world over the past year: the right balance of democracy and meritocracy in the organization of our Diamond Way Buddhist Centers. Listening to the experiences made in other parts of the world, finding similarities or new ideas… all this made it a very fruitful get together which is to be continued next year!

Travel report with Tomek

March 28th, 2016

In the run-up to the big weekend with Lama Ole Nydahl, his close longterm student Tomek Lehnert gave a report on their recent tour to Nepal.

Maniwa Lama Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche performed a fire puja and gave the Long Life Empowerment to Lama Ole Nydahl at the Maratika cave in north-eastern Nepal. In this place, Guru Rinpoche (skt. Padmasambhava) and his female consort Mandarawa received the Long Life empowerment from Buddha Tsepame and realized the meditation practice.

Big Centers Meeting

March 1st, 2016

For our third exchange of big Diamond Way Buddhist Centers at the EC, friends came from e.g. Moscow, Prague, Heidelberg, Braunschweig, Zurich and Hamburg.

Due to the weekend with Lama Ole just one week later and judging from the number of attendants, it was a rather small weekend. However, the exchange of experiences of how to run a big Buddhist center, the stories like the one of the successful purchase of the new huge center in Moscow were intense and interesting none the less with lots to learn from each other. With the questions of decision making in democratic and/or meritocratic ways all around in the centers for the last months, it became even more interesting to hear how these topics are dealt with depending on the conditions of the respective center. To round everything off in the best way, we spent most of Sunday meditating together.

We would very much like to thank the friends who came to share their experience with us!

As every year, we got together to sign over 700 New Year’s cards to send to the Diamond Way Buddhist Centers around the globe and to neighbors and friends.

However, something was slightly different this year! Instead of drinking hot glogg and eating cookies close to the ovens inside, we took the card signing action outside in spring-like temperatures, wearing sun screen and sun glasses on our new terrace underneath the chestnut trees.

Have a nice holiday season, whereever you are!


Like every year, we are getting into the holiday spirit with our own traditions at the Europe Center!

Embracing Western culture, the kids went on a hike to “Siberia”, our own forest at the very top of the vast EC grounds, to find the perfect christmas tree for the new building and decorated it lovingly. In the meantime, the adults got together in the gompa for 12 hours of guru yoga meditation on the 16th Karmapa, which is also one of our winter traditions.

After all this sitting, all our strong men joined forces to get the huuuuge new carpet from Nepal up to the gompa – come soon and have a look at how beautiful it is! :)

Following a week of meditation sessions and lectures by Diamond Way teachers, Lama Ole arrived in time for this year’s Mahamadura Transmission Weekend.

With a packed meditation hall, the weekend started differently than we had expected. After news of the terror attacks in Paris broke, Lama Ole guided an hour of meditation on the Buddha of Limitless Light (Tib. Phowa), making good wishes for the victims, joined by many Buddhist centers around the globe via live streaming.

In the wake of these intense impressions of impermanence of everything composite in this world, the deep explanations of the Great Seal wishes by the 3rd Karmapa Rangjung Dorje, the Ganges Mahamudra by the great Mahasiddha Tilopa and the teachings of Lama Shang by Lama Ole could neither have been more fitting nor of greater inspiration!