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Friends – here is the second of a three-part series of highlights from the interview we held with Lama Ole and Caty about moreEC last summer.  The full interview can be found in the “moreEC Reports” – http://more.ec/events/report/.

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Q. We saw how the purchase of the Europe Center was a new stage for the international sangha, having all come together on one project.  How do you imagine that the blessing will manifest after we realize this stage of EC development together?

Ole: Many people will have benefit. Our goal is not to make institutions. It is for people to have benefit, to meet the Buddha’s teachings, especially with the Diamond Way, and to really benefit like that. Many more people will be benefited. It is the only goal.

Caty: Many more people will believe in their power. It was so strong to see people get an idea of what they can achieve if they work together. This time it will happen on an even larger scale. It is very unique with Ole. He doesn’t call it a one-time thing, but he says, “You can do that again.” What we did was not an exception. The Diamond Way sangha can do that again and again and again. To feel that worldwide unity and strength is a very good exercise. In the end of course it is all illusion; in the end it is what we dream that we manifest. It’s really great that this experience follows so quickly after the first one, and that it’s possible thanks to Ole’s words. Without Ole’s words nobody would believe that we could do it again. But now we say, “Ok, let’s do it.” This is a really great way our teachers work with our possibilities.

Ole: I am glad to have people like Caty practically helping me.

Caty: I learnt it from you. We came to some places which were in such rough shape that there was hardly a wall standing. Ole came and said, “What a wonderful place. It is so beautiful here. Amazing what you can do here.” I wondered what he was talking about. Now, 15 years later, I come to this amazing place with all walls standing and everything functioning well. It is beautiful; people come and go, working and meditating. He just sees the potential in us, and everywhere. I wish you all will feel it one day. We were very few people who saw that with our own eyes.

Ole: People will just understand that houses don’t get happy, cars don’t get happy; the only thing that gets happy is their mind. They start looking for happiness where it is – in the mind, and not in all kinds of places where it is not. If people just do that, it is one step in their maturity. It is what makes our work possible; more and more people do it, more and more find their inner power, more and more realize that not only can they benefit themselves – one person, but can benefit all – many people. This quality is really a joy for me. As people’s lama and close friend, when I see people jump over that barrier, I am impressed. This is how I feel.  Amazed that someone has learnt something that was wise.

Q. How would you advise your centers which are in full building mode, to keep a balance in supporting the Europe Center and their local project? Should there be emphasis on one or the other?

Ole: Generally we say 50-50 if they can. One foot here and one foot there. But of course it is up to people everywhere and depends upon the closeness of one’s connection. Continuing the work already in progress should continue.

We could look to Vienna for an example. They decided to work more slowly in order to be able to give to both places. They will make the outer form first, without going much into the details. That level will be taken care of gradually once this stage has been achieved.

We would not interrupt any projects that are in motion in order to get enough to complete the EC. On the other hand if people manage to make the EC a priority, there will be a lot of good energy behind all of our projects afterwards.

Caty: It’s important to do everything from freewill and surplus. There is no tax that has to be given to the organization. This is very important not to misunderstand. Everyone’s surplus is individual, and it is very important that nobody feels strange about giving. Of course it is useful to have a point of reference. That is why Ole says 50-50. But it is not that you have to; it is not a tax. We want to keep everything joyful.  We want to complete the vision of the EC because we believe it is the next step for the Diamond Way, but it should come out of surplus like everything we do.

 

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Friends – here is the first of a three-part series of highlights from the interview we held with Lama Ole and Caty about moreEC this summer.  The full interview can be found in the “moreEC Reports” – http://more.ec/events/report/.

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Q. Lately a statement has been made that the Europe Center in the West has a function similar to Tsurphu in Tibet. Could you explain that connection?

Ole: Karmapa made three main centers: Kampho Khandra in Southeast Tibet, Karma Guen in Northeast Tibet and Tsurphu, 70 km from Lhasa. He made them all in inaccessible valleys that were extremely difficult to reach. The people who wanted to see Karmapa either had to go one of those places, or see him when he came out. Most important was that he travelled for about half of every year. He visited all the different places that had been built up at that time. That was a serious strength; through these travels he did the work. Tsurphu, Kampho Khandra and Karma Guen were really solid places where people practiced and lived in communities.

It is a bit different here today. We have the central place where people can come with much greater ease. We always make it easy to make a contact. That’s true at the EC as well as in all our centers around the world.

Caty: Tsurphu outlasted the life of any one Karmapa. The real estate guaranteed that the lineage would survive. This is how it relates to the Europe Center. This place will guarantee that the Diamond Way will endure beyond our generation. This is very important because the real estate manifests the vision. Tsurphu was the first place of Karmapa, and now the Europe Center takes that role.

Q. Why is it so important to focus on this big construction and renovation now?

Ole: Because it is now that we need it. Our friends are living under conditions they should not be living under.

Caty: And we need it in order to be able to make the program the whole year through. I think we would only postpone our development if we would not start now. Why wait 10 years? There is no sense in waiting. It is totally natural to take the next step now. We have the full power so why not use it?

Q. What will the completion of moreEC bring to the worldwide sangha’s development? How do you see it after 3 years when we will have managed to build it all?

Ole: I see much more of the same in a more lasting way. Buddha gave 84,000 different teachings in 108 books. Going through the teachings, accumulating the wisdom, doing the practice and meditation takes time, and it takes space. It requires buildings with no holes in the roof and a place where you can live comfortably and take shower in the morning. If this place is really going to do the service that we aim to do around the world, then we have to get that money and build.

Caty: After we have built it and start with year round courses, this place will also make money and we will again be able to send money from Germany to the rest of the world as we did before. We have had a big habit of doing that for twenty years. We sent money everywhere. I think we will have a big win-win situation by focusing the energy here now, and then continuing with the world. Nobody will lose anything.

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And the winner is…

October 25, 2011

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 :)

 

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moreEC movie is out

October 22, 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

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As we work with our Diamond Way sanghas to bring in support for moreEC, it’s useful to keep a fresh view for how broad our work for this project truly is.  “All the great monuments of history were built collectively,” Lama Ole reminded us at the campaign kickoff.  “We are here with a living transmission, and we know that we change through the things that we work with.  And here we have an opportunity to really be big.”

A brief overview of EC fundraising gives us a sense for what is possible together.  For the initial purchase of the land at €4.4 million in 2007, donations came in from over 4,000 people from some 40 countries with no single donation exceeding €70,000. Currently, the “I Grow EC!” membership program has over 1,300 members who fund operating costs and day-to-day repairs and development. Though large contributions are always welcome, our strength clearly lies in affordable contributions from many, so that what we build is not a museum or a private mansion, but a true home for all who come.

In this same collective style, the first million Euros we raised on the kickoff night came in over just one hour from around 600 people.  As we disperse from the Summer Course, this moreEC wave spreads strongly through the stops on Lama Ole’s travels.  Our retreat center in Mangutovo, Slovakia involved many in a moreEC auction, and the moreEC stand at the Kaluga retreat center outside Moscow signed up at least 40 more friends to donate over the next two and a half years.

Involving the whole Diamond Way sangha is a central focus of moreEC.  Beyond the Lama’s travels, the EC “keypeople” have already brought the campaign to their home countries.  North and South America, for example, have launched a moreEC Raffle which will be coordinated throughout the entire continent, engaging as much of our sangha as possible.

In a recent interview about the EC, Lama Ole reminded us—“If you do something together with many then all the good motivation, all the good wishes, everything that you have will be increased.”  Merely 3 weeks after the kickoff, we can already see the collective power of many idealists from many cultures—in this way, our deep roots at the EC will spread solidity in our work everywhere.

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We are happy to announce that more.ec speaks another language – Russian. Find it under more.ec/ru.

Your moreEC translators team

PS: If you would like to help translating the website into your language, please, contact us at translations@europe-center.org

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Hellooo world, hellooo Immenstadt, hellooo Europe Center…

Are you ready?  OK, one more time – ARE YOU READYYYY?!?!

10,9,8,7,6,5…go!

…and the full hall cheered in accord.

This is how the long-awaited moreEC fundraising was finally launched on Sunday, 7 August. The campaign aims to bring together all our friends and centers around the world and collect financial resources needed for completing the vision born 13 years ago with a wish for a central international place uniting the whole Diamond Way Buddhism worldwide. Today’s Europe Center fulfills this vision already on many levels by hosting high Lamas of the Kagyu lineage and bringing easily thousands of people from 40+ countries together on one course, like this summer but its function is still limited and often improvised.

This will all change when we inaugurate the new facilities in 2013. With a large 570m2 gompa and enough space for guests, residents & families, we can look forward to mediation courses with our teachers during the whole year. And as Lama Ole said on this evening – from that moment on, everything will flow back from here again, empowering all our 600+ centers around the globe.

The whole evening was very relaxed and joyful. Rather than presentations and bullet-points, we had a moderator, a piano player and many guests on the stage – friends who are in involved in the Europe Center project since the very beginning, friends who moved in once we bought it, and of course Lama Ole who gave the most inspiring speech which opened everyone’s hearts.

It is now very clear what task we have ahead of us. So what do you think, do we have the power to do it? The friends present this evening went in unison – YES!

moreEC team

PS: Do you want to also join the adventure? Come on in…!

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The more.ec website has been just launched!

We are very happy about it, as it brings us closer to the moreEC campaign launch mentioned in the previous post. We’ll be glad if you explore the site a bit and check out especially the Construction and Vision sections to get to know the project before the full details come during the Summer Course.

Please, stay tuned as we will be continuously pumping in more content & language versions incl. local contacts, how-to’s for donations etc. But that’s not all, here comes…

The more.ec challenge!

Here’s your chance to win – the first 108 people who will finish the steps below will be included in a drawing for 10 great moreEC t-shirts or bags: (more…)

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Dear friends and supporters,

Even before we had it, the Europe Center idea symbolized the rising international spirit of Diamond Way Buddhism. In 2007, this decade-old wish materialized with Gut Hochreute in the foothills of the German Alps. Building on what was already present, we began with the first International Summer Course and then made the most out of the 4 following years. Thanks to that, thousands have already caught the “international EC virus” and our over 600 centers worldwide are today interconnected like never before. (more…)

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The group of about 40 EC contact persons, so-called, Keypeople are having another conference call today. They’ll get news about the moreEC campaign development (like the launch this website or a design of the moreEC stand for the EC International Summer Course) and talk about what they prepare in their countries.

It’s always a joy to see so much activity everywhere! :)

Your moreEC team

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