Monday, August 10, 2015

Day 12 – Welcome to The Pirates’ Bay!

While the parents are meditating or attending the lectures, their kids at all ages are definitely having a great time at the Summer Course as well!

In four big tents, there is lots of space for all kinds of activity in any weather, run by a highly motivated, multilingual team of caretakers, supported by parents doing voluntary shifts. The little “tigers and lions” are well taken care of by professional babysitters in the baby tent, there is a cozy “snoozle room” to tell stories for the 4-6 year olds. Next to the “Dragon Island” tent of the 7-9 year old there is a “creativity tent” with the opportunity to do handicrafts, painting and be creative. And then there is the “Black Pearl” with an “activity tent” which is located next to the 10-12y. Here we have space for sports, dancing and just being wild!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Day 12 – White Tara Empowerment given by Gyalwa Karmapa

Today, a new chapter in the history of the Europe Center was opened. H.H. Trinley Thaye Dorje gave the first initiation from the Chik She Kun Drol Empowerment Cycle (“Knowing one liberates all”) and will continue giving empowerments from this series in Europe over the following years.

To reach a high level of realization and a deep understanding of the Buddhist teachings, one needs a long and healthy life. Since the next rebirth could be one in another realm keeping one from meeting the Dharma, it is important to take the chance one has with this life, meeting with the teachings in a human body .

The White Liberatrice or White Tara (Skt. Sita-Tara; Tib. Dolkar), also sometimes counted with the protectors or Bodhisattvas, gives a long life and protects from illness. She is regarded as the female manifestation of the compassion of all Buddhas, easy to recognize by her five additional wisdom eyes: one in her head, two in the palms of her hands and two in the soles of her feet, seeing wherever she is needed to help beings. Sitting in meditation posture, her right hand is stretched forward in the mudra of generosity while her left hand holds a lotus .

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Day 11 – Lectures by Lama Jigme Rinpoche and Lama Tsültrim Namgyal

The plan was to have an afternoon lecture by Karmapa on Bodhicitta, but – as is the nature of plans – the plan was changed and instead the jam packed tent was treated to a talk by Söpon-La Tsültrim Namgyal.

Söpon-la was a close attendant already to the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje and nowadays to H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. He recounted stories about the Karmapa lineage and interjected facts about the controversy and history of how it all came to be. Always smiling, he regaled the crowd with stories about the 16th Karmapa in a way that only he can.

For the evening talk, we received teachings from Lama Jigmé Rinpoché, representative of Gyalwa Karmapa in Europe and nephew of the 16th Karmapa. Full of humor, wit and incredibly genuine, he spoke without any particular format. Calm and collected, pausing naturally as he speaks, never in any sense of rush or hurry, his presence is as familiar as if he was speaking to each one of the thousands personally and directly to our hearts.

Day 11 – Meditation, meditation, meditation

Be it in the huge gompa tent, in our beautiful new barn gompa open 24/7 for personal practice or at the stupa – the thousands of guests from all over the world are definitely using the EC for what it was built for: exchanging, getting teachings and meditating, meditating, meditating at and time, night and day!

Day 11 – Course impressions

More pictures that can do the talking themselves…  there is simply so much life in every corner of the course!

Friday, August 7, 2015

Day 10 – 8-hour Meditation on Loving Eyes guided by Karmapa

H.H. the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje gave a shining and inspiring example of true yogiship on the occasion of the 8-hour meditation on the Bodhisattva of Compassion (Skt. Avalokiteshvara, Tib. Chenrezig).

After explaining in detail about the practice on Loving Eyes and giving the lung (Tibetan for oral transmission by reading) for the new meditation text revised by Lama Ole, Gyalwa Karmapa did not leave his throne even for a minute. Uninteruptedly, he guided his students through eight hours of intense meditation practice for the benefit of all beings. All of the Karmapas are considered to be emanations of Loving Eyes.

In the late afternoon, another long-awaited guest finally arrived: Lama Jigme Rinpoche, nephew of Lama Ole’s teacher, the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, is the representative of H.H. the 17th Karmapa in Europe and has been of great support building up the Diamond Way Centers around the world. Welome home, Jigmela!
in Europe