Events 2009

Weekend with Landau sangha

January 10 to January 11

Our neighbor sangha from Landau will spend whole weekend with us, helping a bit and also trying to get transmission how the things are done in EC.

Summer course “core team” meeting

January 17 to January 18

During this weekend main 8 organizers so called “core team” of the EC summer course will meet together and discuss how to proceed with the organization of the course even better. New ideas and improvements for the next course were unveiled during the last November 2008 follow-up meeting of the whole team.

After this weekend agenda for the April meeting with all team members should be ready.

Statues filling weekend

January 24 to January 25

This weekend statue fillers from all over the would will meet to organize the filling of our big EC statues. This means a lot of work, as there are five big and many small ones to fill.

We will coordinate the rolling of the Mantras. The idea is that everybody all over the world has the possibility to roll some Mantras for the statues. For that, there will be a contact person (a statue filler) from every country (if possible) who gets a special amount of Mantras, e.g. Mahakala or green Tara Mantra they should roll. This person looks for helpers in his country, can do some rolling events and has the Mantras hopefully finished until April. So everybody can get the possibility to help rolling the Mantras for our statues. We will also collect all kind of ornaments, gold, silver, herbs or relicts from everywhere. This you can give to the contact person of your country as well.

After this weekend all centers will be informed soon how to became a part of this exciting process of filling statues for Europe center.

Karma Berchen Ling meeting

January 31 to February 1

Meeting of the organization team for Karma Berchen Ling – our retreat centre in Greece. One of the few on-going internationally run projects.

Diamond Way media archive meeting

February 7 to February 8

We are gladly hosting the recently created international Diamond Way media archive group, whose aim is to make a worldwide archive of all our media.

European Capital of Culture meeting

February 21 to February 22

Diamond Way Buddhism meets the European Capital of Culture – an International Meeting
Center representatives whose city is or was or will be a European Capital of Culture will meet to plan projects in their countries; to share ideas and experiences and to work together on this exciting project. If you are involved in work with a European Capital of Culture and wish to join the meeting please write to info {at} diamondway-culture(.)org.

1st Statue and Thanka painting course at the EC (update)

February 24 to March 1

[Update Mar 9, 2009 - blog post from this inspiring event can be found at http://tinyurl.com/brn5wg. The original post follows.]

Dear Friends,

We would like to warmly invite you to join us for the first Statue & Thanka painting course at the EC.  The course will take place from February 24 through March 1, with Tashi Gyaltsen and Silke Keller.

Tuesday through Friday, Silke will give an introduction to Thanka painting, and intermediary instructions in statue painting.  Everyone is invited to join, regardless of prior experience (beginners and advanced students are both welcome.)  During the weekend, Tashi Gyalsen, a Tibetan Thanka painter living in India will give additional instructions.

There will be three sessions each day, one at 9AM, one at 2PM, with the time of the final session still to be determined.

Please register by sending an email to join {at} europe-center(.)org

Each participant is required to bring the following:

Material for Statue Painting:
Sketch paper A4, pencil, eraser, and ruler
Paintbrushes sizes 1, 2, 3, and 4
Acrylic paint by Schmincke:  black, light ocher, camino red, light ultramarine, dark ultramarine
Gouache color: white, camino red, indian yellow, blue, black
One Statue (Shakyamuni, Tara, Karmapa or Tsatsas), which you would like to paint yourself

Materials needed for Thanka Painting:

Sketch paper A3 (firm paper), pencils, erasers or eraser pens, ruler, and geometric triangle
Paint brush, pointy: size 3 and 2
Gouache colors: camino red, indian yellow, blue, green, black and white

For additional questions, please email: EC-statues {at} europe-center(.)org
For directions to the Europe Center, visit http://blog.europe-center.org/contact/address-emails-directions/

We are looking forward to sharing a beautiful course with you.  See you soon in wintery Allgäu.

Yours,
EC team

24 hour meditation on the 16th Karmapa

February 27 to February 28

Friends from our DWB centers are warmly welcomed to join a 24 hour meditation on the 16th Karmapa, starting on Friday at 20:00 and ending on Saturday 20:00. This will be followed by a lecture from a traveling teacher at 20:30

International Traveling Teachers meeting

March 19 to March 22

Very important event for all international traveling teachers, where we will get to know each other better and have a chance to discuss different topics, as well as meditate together.

Public lecture: “Buddhism Today” by Lama Ole Nydahl

April 17 to April 17

17th of April Lama Ole Nydahl will give a public lecture entitled “Buddhism Today” in Immenstadt.

Start: 20:00; Location:  Hofgarten Stadthalle, Immenstadt; Language: in German with English translation; Entrance: 10 euro

Organizers of the 8th Karmapa course meeting

April 18 to April 18

This weekend the organizers of the 8th Karmapa course, which will take place from 11 – 15 September 2009 at the Europe Center, will come together to plan the event.

The Bavarian sangha with the help of the Austrian and Swiss sanghas are the main organizers, however we would of course like and need the assistance of the worldwide sangha. So if you would like to join us please come to the planning meeting at the EC on Saturday 18 April at 11:00 or let us know via the email address below that you (or your country) are interested in being part of the organizing group.

If you have questions about how you can be involved, please email to 8karmapa-course {at} europe-center(.)org.

Big Summer Course meeting

May 2 to May 3

A meeting of all those participating in the organization of the 2nd EC international summer course. During this weekend, all team members will come together within their teams. There is also interaction between the various teams, to ensure the successful organization of the summer course. Should you wish to be part of the organization or simply help, please write to helpers {at} international-summercourse(.)org.

Timeless Values - Statue Exhibition at the Europe Center

May 3 to May 3

Open every Sunday from 03 May – 26 July, 15:00 to 17:00

Tibetan Buddhist statuary is the embodiment of a profound symbolism that goes far beyond purely artistic expression. The statues displayed are used as support and inspiration for Buddhist meditation practice – with the goal of developing for the benefit of all.

The exhibition will start on the 3rd of May 2009 from 15:00 until 18:00 and will continue each Sunday between 15:00 – 17:00, until the 26th of July.
Entrance fee 5€.

Dates and prices for  groups and school classes are available by appointment.

phone: +49 157 757 690 14
email: exhibition {at} europe-center(.)org" href="mailto:%65%78%68%69%62%69%74%69%6F%6E%40%65%75%72%6F%70%65%2D%63%65%6E%74%65%72%2E%6F%72%67">exhibition {at} europe-center(.)org

Come enjoy our art nouveau building, illuminated by the timeless values of Buddhist artwork.

2nd transmission weekend - Finding H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa (update)

May 9 to May 10

[Update May 6, 2009 - You can download detailed program of the weekend here.]

After the successful start of a new series of courses at the EC, the so-called transmission weekends, many friends have asked for them to continue. These weekends are crucial for one of the main roles of the Europe Center – a place where transmission happens.

The second weekend comes with a slightly different topic: “Finding H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa”. During this weekend Pedro Gomez, Matt Huddleston, Mathias Weitbrecht, Michael den Hoet and Caty Hartung will share their knowledge and experiences from the time of the Karmapa controversy, when two candidates for the 17th Karmapa appeared in the Karma Kagyü lineage as well as the story how the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa was found.

2nd Transmission weekend program.pdf >>

Friday 8 May
20.00 Lecture by Matt Huddleston — Karma Kagyu Lineage

Saturday 9 May
8.30 – 9.30  Breakfast
10.00-11.00 Ngöndro session: common Diamond Mind session
11.00-13.00 Pedro Gomez — Recognition of the 17. Gyalwa Karmapa- 1st session
13.00-15.00 Lunch
15.00-18.00 Pedro Gomez — Recognition of the 17. Gyalwa Karmapa – 2nd sesssion
18.00-20.00 Dinner | Dinner with keyeople (or country representatives)
20.00 – ?      Q&A session — Pedro, Matt, Mäc, Michael, Caty + friends who know:)


Sunday 10 May
8.30 – 9.30  Breakfast
10.00-11.30 Michael den Hoet — presentation of the historical moments in our lineage from 80′s till today
11.30-13.00 Q&A session with Caty Hartung
13.00-14.00 Lunch

You can register here for the upcoming 2nd Transmission weekend.

Europe Center statue filling weeks

May 11 to May 24

It was an exciting first year for the Europe Center, and already there are lots of new plans for this year. Friends from many different countries are coming together to continue meeting and working on various projects including restoration, planning, construction, and vision development.

One of the biggest projects was assigned to us by H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa himself, during his visit to the EC last summer. Seeing the many beautiful, small and large Buddha statues at the EC, he expressed the wish that all of them be filled before the 2009 International Summer Course. He told us: “Filling these precious statues will be like filling a stupa.”

In order for the statues to unfold their full blessing power, it is important that they be filled using the correct traditional methods, before being blessed by our Lamas. This of course means lots of work – and it is a great project for all of us to share. With the Europe Center being the heart of all Diamond Way Centers around the globe, it will be very meaningful for all centers to actively help filling them, and take part in this event. The idea is, that the filling of the statues will be accomplished by involving and drawing on the power and activity of every country.

The various preparations, including cleaning the statues, will take place from May 8 – 15, 2009 at the EC. The actual filling of the statues, which will be a shared effort, and happen under the guidance of our authorized statue fillers, will take place during the week of May 18 – 24. Everyone, regardless of prior experience, is warmly invited to come and help during these weeks, please register by emailing: join {at} europe-center(.)org

If you are not able to make the trip, your Sangha can also help support this project remotely: The filling of each statue requires many mantra rolls and gifts to the Buddhas. If your Sangha would like to help with the preparation of mantra rolls, please send an email to: ec-statues {at} europe-center(.)org.

For the gifts to the Buddhas everyone can help by collecting jewelry, semi-precious stones, gold, and silver, and deliver them to the Europe center at the beginning of May, together with all your mantra rolls.

We look forward to sharing this big event with everyone!

"108 ways for effective center meetings" weekend workshop (update)

May 16 to May 17

[Update (Mar 03, 2009) - Due to various reasons we have had to postpone this weekend workshop to 16-17.5.2009. Please register here. The original post follows.]

Bored by endless meetings and discussions? No free time to meditate, see friends, write or even read the minutes of the last meeting, before the next one?

As we grow, as an organization, there is more and more to discuss, plan and decide. Meetings seem to take up more time in our lives than anything else. Surely there is more to life than this? Wouldn’t it be nice to actually look forward to meetings?

We think so! We would therefore like to invite you to a weekend of insights and easy methods on how to make your center & team meetings more effective.

Topics: meeting basics, planning, tips for starting and finishing, how to make meetings fun, the art of clarifying questions & listening, buy-in for meetings.

The program will be led by our friends who have many years of professional experience consulting on these topics.

Registration form and detailed program.

8th Karmapa Retreat organisation meeting

June 13 to June 13

The organisers of the 8th Karmapa retreat will meet on Saturay (13.06.09) at 15:00 at the EC. Anyone who would like to join the team is very welcome join us, if you cannot make the meeting but would like to be involved in the course, please email 8karmapa-course {at} europe-center(.)org. We especially need help from those who  are not yet meditating on the 8th Karmapa, so if you have time, we would love to hear from you too.

2nd Summer matinée - classical music concert

July 26 to July 26

On the last weekend of the statue exhibition we want to present another cultural highlight: our second Summer matinée, with classical music from all over the world amidst our wonderful courtyard and a buffet afterward. We hope to make this an annual tradition!

2nd International Summer Course

August 4 to August 16

We are happy to announce the 2nd International Summer Course at the EC, which will take place from 4-16 August, 2009.

The program will be as follows:

AUGUST 4TH – INITIATION INTO THE BUDDHA OF LIMITLESS LIGHT
H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje will open the EC summer course by giving an initiation into the Buddha of Limitless Light (Tib. Opagme, Skt. Amitabha), a very important step before one takes part in the practice of Conscious Dying (Tib. Phowa). After the blessing, travelling teachers will lead a meditation on the Buddha of Limitless Light.

AUGUST 5TH – AUGUST 9TH – CONSCIOUS DYING COURSE
The practice of Conscious Dying prepares us for the dying process for both ourselves and others, leading all to a state of great bliss. In the process of dying, this meditation will help us to enter the pure land of the Buddha of Limitless Light.
During the five days of meditation, Lama Ole Nydahl will give teachings on death, the intermediate state (bardo), and rebirth. At the same time one becomes capable of actively helping others while they are passing away.

PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE
If you are coming to the Conscious Dying course for the first time, you need to prepare by meditating on the Buddha of Limitless Light while repeating the mantra OM AMI DEWA HRI. Please learn the meditation in your nearest Diamond Way Buddhist Centre and complete 100,000 mantras before the course. You are also required to remain for the entire Conscious Dying course (until Sunday evening). To do the Conscious Dying meditation, Buddhist refuge is necessary. Lama Ole Nydahl will give refuge at the beginning of the course.

AUGUST 9TH – AUGUST 12TH – 72 HOUR MEDITATION ON LOVING EYES – THE BUDDHA OF COMPASSION
For seventy-two hours we will meditate on Loving Eyes, the Buddha of Compassion (Tib. Chenrezig, Skt. Avalokitesvara), for the benefit of all beings. In this way our main motivation as Diamond Way practitioners – to be able to help all sentient beings – is strengthened. Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche will be present for most of the meditation. He is a master of this practice and has guided retreats on Loving Eyes in Kathmandu for over 25 years. The accumulation of mantras during the meditation will be supported by friends worldwide via streaming. To be able to meditate with the teachers of one’s lineage gives the possibility for deep exchange. It is a rare opportunity and is very helpful for one’s development. The meditation will start with an introduction from Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche from 20:00 – 21:00. Rinpoche will also be giving short teachings each evening during the seventy-two hour meditation, from 20:00 – 21:00.

AUGUST 13TH- INITIATION INTO LOVING EYES AND PUBLIC LECTURE
After three days of intensive meditation, Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche will seal the program by giving the initiation into Loving Eyes (Tib. Chenrezig, Skt Avaloketisvara), in the morning. In the afternoon, travelling teachers will give explanations on the Foundational Practices (Tib. Ngondro). Lama Ole Nydahl will also give a public lecture in German starting at 20:00.

AUGUST 14TH – AUGUST 16TH – MAHAMUDRA COURSE AND INITIATION BY SHAMAR RINPOCHE
This year Shamar Rinpoche will round off the international event by giving a three-day Mahamudra (Great Seal) course, commenting on the Great Seal text composed by the 3rd Karmapa. Shamar Rinpoche will give a Guru Yoga initiation at the end of the course.

8th Karmapa retreat with Lama Ole Nydahl and Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche

September 11 to September 15

We would like to invite those practitioners who have finished the Preliminary Practices (tib. Ngöndro) and have been given the 8th Karmapa as their Yidam practice, to join us for this very special retreat with Lama Ole Nydahl and Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche.

For more information go to www.europe-center.org/8k.

Preparing the EC for winter

September 21 to October 4

The Allgäu region is known for a lot of snow during the winter months, but one never knows exactly when it will come. Therefore we will soon start  preparing the EC for the upcoming winter. Everybody is welcomed to come by, enjoy and help in and outside the EC.

EC Summer Course follow-up meeting

October 17 to October 18

On the weekend 17-18 of October, the Summer Course team will come  together again and review the last summer course, in order to make the running of next one even smoother!

Czech republic weekend

November 13 to November 15

The first “country weekend” hosted at the EC will be organized by friends from the Czech republic.

Come to meditate, meet Czech friends, learn about the development of Diamond Way Buddhism in the Czech republic and last but not least, enjoy the delicious & nutritious food that will help you make it through the tough winter to come!

For more information about prices and registration, please, follow the link bellow:

Registration form

About country weekends: The  idea of the country weekends is that a country organizes the whole weekend at the EC. They prepare the program, invite teachers, organize shopping, cooking, cleaning, simply put – run the whole event from beginning to end, with the support from the EC crew. The design of the weekend is completely up to the country thus interesting exchange will definitely happen :)

PROGRAM

Friday:
21.00: Roman Virt – The History of the DIamond Way Buddhism in the Czech Republic – a talk with pictures and memories…

Saturday:
11.00 -13.00: Meditation (personal practice – starting and dedicating together)
15.00 – 17.00: Meditation (personal practice – starting and dedicating together)
20.00: Presentation of the Czech centers and projects
21.00: Questions and Answers – Jakub Kadlec, Roman Laus, Veronika Cerna, Jan Matuska

Sunday
11.00.- 13.00: Meditation (personal practice – starting and dedicating together)
15.00 – 16th Karmapa Meditation, end of the weekend, cleaning together

3rd Transmission weekend - How to build and live in a center (Nov 27-29)

November 27 to November 29

For the 3rd Transmission weekend, many friends and traveling teachers from centers from around the world were invited (see the list bellow). They will share the experience and knowledge they have gained in the last 30 years of building and living in the first Diamond Way Buddhist centers.

We hope that this weekend will give us all new ideas, solutions and inspiration how to deal with the many different topics that come up when founding and running our centers. Register now, to reserve your place.

Looking forward to seeing you all here,

Your EC Team

REGISTRATION

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Please register using our online registration form.

PROGRAM

Friday (Nov 27, 2009)

20.00 The meaning of sangha – a lecture by Zsuzsa Koszegi

Saturday (Nov 28, 2009)

Sunday (Nov 29, 2009)

Every center will have an 1.5 hour session to share their experience and stories, possibly using the suggested topics below:

Budapest – Zsuzsa Koszegi, Peter Major

Decision making in big city centers

Copenhagen – Johanne Vestergaard and Julia Strohbach

What does it mean to be Lama Ole and Hannah’s home center

Hamburg – Roland Knaack, Hinrich Vollmer

Integration of the younger generation

Warsaw – Rafal Olech

A small, strong group builds a big center — how to integrate more people and stay friends

Schwarzenberg – Erik Weiss, Karola Schneider

Center splits

Amden – Markus & Gisela Kuhn & Anne Katrin Thomas

Professionalism in our centers

Graz – Wolfgang & Astrid Poier

Lama Ole’s first center; family & children in the center

PRICES

Lecture (session) 6 euros

Breakfast 2 euros

Lunch 4 euros

Dinner 4 euros

Accommodation at the EC 5 euros per night per person

Mantra stone carving weekend

December 19 to December 20

A last minute notice for a weekend for those who know or would like to learn how to carve mantra stones.

To register please email join {at} europe-center(.)org.