Day 14 – The Great, Great, Grand Finale

EC Blog Archive for the ‘Karmapa’ Category

There are far more people than I could possibly try to see, focus on, or even fit into my peripheral view – they extend so far in every direction, spilling out the doors even as they squeeze ever closer, trying to make it into the frame for our group pic – the crowd immense beyond counting, swaying jovially together in the afternoon sun – as every single of them turns towards me with a bright and joyous smile – their cheers are still echoing in my mind.

What an incredible group of people, one can actually feel their joy in the air as we try to organize everyone, to fit them all in, squeezing more and more, as this is quite possibly the largest group of Buddhists ever assembled in the western world. Seated in the middle is Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and Lama Ole Nydahl, surrounded by thousands and thousands of our dearest Dharma family, eyes glimmering and faces glowing like nothing I have seen before.

The words to describe how this feels escape me – I am just so happy to be here in this place, to capture this special moment in history – seeing this place literally explode with people who have all come to share in the Dharma and to hear the teachings of our great and ever compassionate teacher Karmapa, and to bask in this environment that Lama Ole has created in a lifetime of dedication and hard work. One would think that there would be no way to top what has already happened, each day bringing more and more excitement and splendor to our little secluded corner of Germany here – and yet it continues to astonish me with ever mounting energy.

Today was the last day of our great event here – the grand finale – however this doesn’t even begin to describe how big, enormous, monumental, colossus and huge this really is, how much it means to all of us. For the Dharma to continue to grow in the West, this is a record breaking and pace setting moment in history that deserves to be remembered for years to come – and will be.

For the Europe Center – hosting and successfully putting on such an incredible event, make that a stupendous event, bigger and better than anything I could have imagined, is such a major moment for them as well – the years of their hard work and experience paying off in droves. To celebrate the completion of all the new buildings, the newly inaugurated Gompa by Karmapa himself, this place is on fire with activity and promise for the future. There is cause to celebrate, on every level this is a huge success, and those who have made it possible have some serious credit to take.

— by Tokpa Korlo

Today, in the presence of Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and Lama Ole we have once again come together to wish for the swift rebirth of Shamar Rinpoche.

Seeing his photo hanging on the wall reminds that he is no longer with us and that for the moment we have to brave this world without him. But this is nothing new – well over a year has now passed, and yet today – the feeling remains. Perhaps it is all in my head, a self fulfilling prophecy, but it doesn’t matter – because things continue on, and the day we had today despite my own personal feelings was again, another record breaker.

Today was the first time that the Samantabhadra prayers were ever performed in full, in Tibetan, on this side of the world, sung joyously in a grand chorus of over 8000 voices. The melody echoed across the lake and up the mountains on the other side, the tent full of souls eager and ready to spend their day once again under the burning sun together. 

– by Tokpa Korlo