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moreEC in Linz

April 12, 2012

Dear friends,

on Nov. 11th we had an amazing EC night in our center in Linz. We prepared a great buffet and a bar, and we had a raffle with an auction at the end.

To our surprise, we raised more than 4.000 euros in one evening, which went up to 6.000 with the donations from the box in our center lounge.  At the end, we watched an inspiring EC movie and later decided to add another 4.000 euros from our center funds in order to donate the total sum of 10.000 euros as a center! Private donations still to come….

Here are some pics for you.

Much love from Linz!

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Americas Raffle for moreEC

December 24, 2011

Though the EC may be a bit more distant in kilometers for us, we’re working hard in the Americas to bring the EC mindset ever closer.  The Americas moreEC Raffle was the first activity carried out across South, Central, and North America.  Despite plenty of logistic and linguistic challenges of organizing a raffle between 12 countries, we managed to have all the numbers in a hat in time for Lama Ole to draw the winning number on Dec. 11th at Karma Dechen Ling in Uruguay.

Jeff Saunders of Minneapolis, USA, was pleasantly shocked to hear his number 2768 was the winner!  Jeff +1 will get to enjoy the grand prize of the raffle: a tour for two through our Buddhist heritage in Bhutan with Maggie Lehnert.  The rest of us couldn’t be luckier that Jeff won—he’s a professional cameraman and filmmaker and has already promised to document and share his journey with the rest of us.

In addition to the main prize, our friends from Perú spontaneously donated a course in Lima next year. The winner of this prize is 4241 -María José Dufourg from Guatemala.

After accounting for the prize expenses, the raffle managed to raise over $25,000 USD in profit for the Europe Center.  A big thank you to our raffle coordinators and the entire network of Americas keypeople who made this possible.

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On Saturday, December 12, the Vilnius centre had beautiful gala dinner with delicious food, good wine and hot flamenco dances on the table served as the desert. At the highest point of the party the on-line bridge was organized between Vilnius, Milan (as the center had 12 hour 16th Karmapa meditation marathon and moreEC fundraising party) and the Europe Center. Conversation was noisy and one could feel the joy of the meeting even through the computer screen. The Europe Center residents shared the information about the latest news of a campaign, Milan and Vilnius presented their events and many smiling faces. We celebrated the common international project bringing us ever closer to each other.

 

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Bochum moreEC Football Cup

December 19, 2011

About a month ago, many friends came together and had a great time at the moreEC Football Cup in Bochum. The idea behind the football cup was for friends to come together, play in a good team spirit, and just plain have fun while supporting the moreEC Campaign!

And this we did! It was a great success, we had a great dharma lecture the first night, woke up the next morning to play some football together, and then danced the night away…

About eight teams played and the games started in the morning after meditation. It was amazing to see just how many different types of people were on the field and where they all came from.

The award for the furthest distance traveled to reach the Europe Cup in Bochum went to Brno, from the Czech Republic, as well as the trophy!

Still one has to say that everyone played their hearts out, and some extra creative on top- one team did a prostration every time they scored a goal!

Thank you to everyone again for an amazing time in supporting an amazing project!

In addition to the photos below, find more impressions of the event here:

http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.267838489933270.84625.100001213624279&type=1&l=bc205b1a2c

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moreEC at the EC

December 18, 2011

As the moreEC campaign kicked off in the whole world, the Europe Center itself wasn’t sleeping either. One of the first fundraising events was our Pub Quiz arranged according to the tradition of Dutch and English bars to challenge the brains of customers not only with the amount of beer they can drink but also with some intellectual contest. And guess what – the Dutch team beat all the competitors!

We also organized the movie – popcorn night and were lucky to be joined by Lama. The artistic Austrian sangha took over for a weekend night and transformed the villa into Casino Royale where the local creme-de-la-creme gambled for the benefit of moreEC (see blog post from a few weeks ago). The next day the parents could enjoy a long meditation session on moreEC family Sunday where child care was provided for a donation to the project. And last but not the least – an event followed by huge success – moreEC Karaoke Night, where one could pay for someone to sing…or for them to stop singing in some cases:).

And of course individual people have also been giving their best. During the campaign, the EC team members have generously offered their qualities and skills for the benefit of moreEC and all beings. One could enjoy a Thai massage, get a business card designed, get a Tibetan medicine consultation, your plumbing fixed, get your kids to learn English or Polish, or change to winter tires (a question of life and death in Allgau) for a donation to moreEC. The EC kitchen was used many times for making apple jelly and pear compote, cookies or even catering for events! Have your eyes and mouths open at the upcoming events where you can still get some for yourselves and at the same time support moreEC.

We want to thank all our friends who support us in so many different ways! karmapa chenno :-)

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On the 19th of November the region of Middle Germany enjoyed the party “for nothing just to by generous” in Braunschweig.
The idea was to create nice atmosphere with as little organization and financial effort as possible. We had barbecue, mulled wine and drinks, our DJs played music that people could order in a “jukebox”: 1 song – 1 Euro, 1 song without cue – 5 Euros. If you didn’t like the song someone bought, you could also kick it off for 5 Euros. In this way we created a very great party atmosphere, with a lot of joy and dancing. So the people gave 8350 Euros in cash and pledged donations. The Jukebox earned 111 Euros and the bar 250. All together party brought in 8711 Euros!!!

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Greetings from New Zealand

December 14, 2011

Hi moreEC friends,

Fantastic vision – very inspiring.

Here in Christchurch we had a fundraiser dinner and info evening with friends for and about the EC.
Here we are: well fed, happy and informed with some $$$ for this great place that we will come to visit soon.

Best wishes,
the Christchurch sangha

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USA Texas Auction

December 11, 2011

On November 26th, friends at the Mahamudra Course with Lama Ole in Texas, USA raised some $33,000 for the moreEC project.  The auction fundraiser lasted two hours – ending at 4:00am – and included 150-200 participants that bid for donated auction items, performed “dares” for donations (arm wrestling! embarrassing dances! re-enacting bad 80s movies!), and sent pledges via text messages/SMS’s that were projected in real time on stage (“Text to Pledge”).  With moments to go, in the spirit of togetherness, 30 friends volunteered $100 each to meet the group’s goal to break $33,000.  A celebration ensued.  So we hear.

We offer you below the only picture of the auction that is internet-worthy…it is of Lama Ole speaking about the Loving Eyes thanka hand-stitched over many many hours by one of our sangha members!  Most people’s cameras were confiscated in the interest of having all our friends keep their jobs:).

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The annual Dutch autumn retreat from the 18th till 20th november began with a lecture about meditation by Michel van Dinteren. Between hours of delighting and enlightening meditation, the Dutch went back in time and lived the 60 and 70′s, playing some nostalgic rounds of Bingo.

After refreshing the Bingo procedure, people almost jumped on the bingo counter, hoping  to buy the bingo card that could lead them to a moment of fame: being the winner of one of the amazing prices like a more EC Banana, an umbrella, a light torch, toilet paper and many more. Guided by sounds and jingles from the seventies the bingo masters turned on the most serious Electric Bingo Machine which popped up the bingo balls with hopefully everybodies lucky numbers. The first one filling a horizontal or vertical line of numbers on their freshly bought bingo card was a winner! Of course, the numbers had to be carefully checked….. The desire to win, and the longing for those moments of fame turned on the tension in the audience. They were kept quiet and in harmony with typically old style Dutch party snacks that were common in the days before fusion world cooking entered the Dutch kitchens. One of our dakinis mixed and served the most fruity and fresh cocktails behind a midget bar all night long.

During an inspiring Skype meeting with the Bochum Sangha, who just played the more EC Soccer Games, we all got the opportunity to shout hello to each other and share the more ec spirit before our noble internet connection got lost. It seemed that even the technological opportunities went retro. Some people just got lost in the 60′s and 70′s retro style that night, they are still wearing their sticky fake mustaches and dance endlessly on the disco beats of the 70′s…. so beware when you come to Holland again!

 

 

 

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A wonderful, joyous, spectacular night took place –ladies on stilts, photo-actions, pianists, opera singers, dancers, chansonières, puppet-play and good old rock music –plus good dancing music – it was perfect!

Everyone was awed by the performers and some of them even had to perform twice!

All that’s needed to have a splendid party was granted: a bunch of nice, new and old friends (even from Austria, Hungary, Ukraine, Russia, Czech Republic, The Netherlands , Switzerland, Serbia, Italy, Romania and from all the German Southwest centers), an excellent program, delicious food and drinks and enough space and opportunity to talk, dance and even donate more money to moreEC!

All in all we raised about 6.000 €, thanks to everyone!

There will be a movie of the night – work in progress.

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