Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Christmas at the Europe Center

We had a lovely Christmas evening with around 40 friends at the EC…

We enjoyed the delicious duck and other specialties prepared by the Christmas dinner team and later on exchanged presents, danced and had nice chats with each other.

In the days to follow the gang got to enjoy some well-deserved holiday time: long breakfasts, meditations, trips to the ice-skating rink in Immenstadt and sunny hikes in the mountains!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Europe Center Winter Traditions, part 2

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!

 

 

EC Winter mornings…

Europe Center Winter traditions, part 1

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! :)

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Halloween at the EC

Yes, we admit it: Halloween is not exactly the most Buddhist of all traditions.

However, as a round-up to our EC change day, a Halloween party with monster costumes was just perfect fun! And.. what to say? The pictures surely prove one thing: the familiar faces at the EC really did change…!

EC Change Day

As a continuation of our recent EC change weekend, we will take a day each month to keep all the fresh development going at a big center meeting additional to our regular weekly center meetings.

This EC change day was characterized by more lively discussions and in-depth analysis of the way we do things at the EC – and enjoying the most beautiful autumn weather outside in the breaks.