Nope, construction has definitely not come to an end at the EC – or will it ever? :)
terrace court yard parking
Following an afternoon of inspiring presentations by Diamond Way Buddhist Centers and whole countries around the world, Lama Ole gave more precious Mahamudra teachings.
For centuries masters of the Kagyu lineage have taught the Great Seal in a variety of ways ranging from more systematic and gradual to intensely direct and experiential. Lama Ole delivers these teachings in a fresh and spontaneous manner that is both accessible and in keeping with the style and authenticity of the colorful Kagyu tradition.
‘The Ultimate Supreme Path of Mahamudra’ is another highly regarded text originally given by Lama Shang (or Lama Zhang), a charismatic, larger-than-life, and enlightened spiritual teacher. Lama Shang was also a highly effective military and political leader during a turbulent time in 12th century Tibet. He, like Lama Ole, was known to teach in a simple, straightforward and accessible way.
To understand the Great Seal is to know the inseparability of subject, object and the interaction in between. By meditating on enlightened Buddha forms of energy and light, “we understand we can only see this perfection outside because we have the seed of it inside all the time,” according to Lama Ole.
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.
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.
… as usual made the most of their days, giving lectures and empowerments, meditating, getting to know the Europe Center and meeting their students.
On Monday we said goodbye to Lopon Dorji Rinchen Rinpoche. However, the goodbye was kind of easier than expected because Rinpoche had generously accepted Lama Ole’s invitation to come back to the EC as soon as possible – which is actually already next weekend. Lopon will then give the empowerment of the Buddha of Long Life (Skt. Amitayus, Tib. Tsepame) and the Buddha of Limitless Light (Skt. Amitabha, Tib. Öpame) to us.
Lama Jigme Rinpoche took the time to check out the course’s Dharma shops as well the beautiful new statues and thangkas (tibetan scroll paintings) on offer for the Buddhist center’s altars.
On Sunday, Lama Jigme Rinpoche gave the third of three consecutive empowerments to more than 3000 people present at the Europe Center, this time into the first consciously reborn Lama of Tibet, the 2nd Karmapa Karma Pakshi (1204 – 1283).
At the age of 6 Karmapa was able to read and write even though he had not been taught. Later on, he only needed to read a text once in order to fully understand and remember its content. He was a famous Siddha with extraordinary powers and abilities. He had students across Tibet, Mongolia and China.
The Guru Yoga practice of the 2nd Karmapa, Karma Pakshi, was envisioned by the Great Tertön, Mingyur Dorje (1645-1667). When Mingyur Dorje was meditating on the protector Black Coat (Tib. Mahakala Bernakchen), in a pure vision the mandala of Karma Pakshi vividly appeared. From this vision, Karma Pakshi transmitted to Mingyur Dorje all the instructions and blessings of this mandala’s practice – a type of “Meditation on the Lama” (Skt. Guru Yoga). Since then, the Karma Pakshi practice became very important to the Karma Kagyu lineage.
In his mandala, Karmapa is shown in the center, surrounded by representations of the “Three Roots” – the Lamas (the root of blessing), the Yidams (the root of accomplishment) and the Protectors (the root of activity). As such, Karmapa embodies or unites these Three Roots. To “establish the mandala” of Karmapa means that we invoke – and then identify with – the Karmapa’s enlightened body, speech and mind. This is what happens in all the methods of Guru Yoga on the Karmapa, such as those associated with the 2nd, 8th, and 16th Karmapas. By opening up to the Karmapa as the essence of all Buddhas, we increasingly recognize the true nature of own awareness, and accomplish Buddhahood.