Three months ago we’ve posted a challenge on our just-launched website’s blog. Around 50 of you joined the challenge and fulfilled the steps necessary to make it to the drawing.
Now we have a winner: Ulf Meyer - Ulf, you have won one of the outstanding moreEC yellow bags. Congratulations!
PS: upon a popular request, a new yellow bags edition is being prepared for Hamburg NYC 2011 :)
You’ve heard about it. You’ve seen the trailer. You might have even see the raw movie preview at the International Summer Course. Today, we’re happy to bring you the real thing – the finished final moreEC movie cut!
The movie was created by filmmakers and animators from seven different countries who interviewed more then 40 people involved in the EC project and shot dozens of hours of material. It is a documentary supporting the moreEC fundraising campaign by mapping opinions, wishes and ideas behind the Europe Center project.
(click the left bottom corner of the player to enlarge)
EC’s YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/europecenter
Finally in Poland we have also started to talk widely about the moreEC project. On the 8th of October we had parties simultaneously in different centers. We used the newest technology, connecting with each other via computers including live video which you could see from over 20 centers at the same time! It was so great to party in local centers while seeing friends on the other side of the country. We had a lot of fun talking and performing in front of the cameras—we managed to talk about filling out the donation forms, the moreEC website and the new project itself. We also watched together a 12 minute speech from Lama Ole from the moreEC kick-off evening of the EC Summer Course.
To show the internationality of the project we also connected with Caty and Roman at the Europe Center, friends in Oslo (Norway), Sheffield (UK), Hamburg (Germany), Dallas, Minneapolis and the Heartland Retreat Center (US). At the end as the cherry on a top, we managed to connect with Lama Ole who just finished his lecture in Riga (Lithuania). The Lama sent his thankfulness to all of the people involved in the moreEC project and encouraged us to continue our work to reach our great goal.
Some of the centers prepared dress-up parties with the main theme of “Hazards Night,” others had great dinners and joyful parties. Together we decided to give all of the collected money from the evening to the moreEC project—donating a few thousands Euros across Poland already and counting ;)
Enjoy the photos from the evening at Stupa House in Warsaw :)
In the Americas where travel to the EC can be a challenge, the EC mindset of international coopration has inspired us to increasingly coordinate our dharma work together across Latin- and Anglo-America. In this way, not only are we gaining greater momentum for moreEC in the Americas, but also bringing our sanghas together through our collective work.
About 75 percent of our centers have had some kind of moreEC presentation and launching of the campaign. Enjoy the collection of photos below from throughout the Americas. Many are from kickoff evenings where sanghas shared a common Americas moreEC presentation. Check out the Diamond Way Americas Project website and the Americas Project Facebook Group for more photos and info on all our common activity.
At this year’s Summer Course, the top floor of the barn was tidy and safe enough to be open for many meetings — including a few sessions of the International Center Meetings. Why was the drafty, dim-light space that smells of old hay so exciting for us? — because this rustic space will become our future meditation hall. The animation below, made by our EC resident architect Tamas, walks us through what a pleasant space it will be for practice. Notice the view of the Allgäu mountains; this strip of windows around the baseboards on both sides will bring in amble natural light at all times of day.
The other graphic below gives an overview of what else the construction and renovations entail. The new construction will hug the present grounds in an L, creating two additional grassy courtyards. The ground floor of the barn underneath the gompa will become a kitchen and dining hall. With the gompa, kitchen, and dining hall all in one building, the old barn will become the heart of the EC activity in the center of our grounds. Finally, the new residential & seminar building will offer a permanent space for living, exhibitions, seminars, meetings, and other such events, and thus help to preserve the monument-protected villa by shifting most activities to the new building.
After various design attempts, this masterful approach will give all the space we need with minimal impact on the surrounding environment. The team behind this design includes Ronald Gnaiger and Helmut Dietrich of Dietrich | Untertrifaller Architechts in Bregenz, Austria, along with Ronald Knaak of the Hamburg Sangha. The right-hand edge of the graphic shows where these new buildings blend gradually into the hillside; and with a grass-covered roof the construction will be scarcely visible from the hill above. One feature not represented here is the skylights which stretch the length of the residential building, bringing plenty of sunlight into the rooms.