From our Russian friends…
Shortly after the EC Summer Course, we hosted Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche and Lama Ole at our lovely Kaluga Retreat Center near Moscow. It began with a Ngondro course with Russian travelling teachers, and continued with teachings from Rinpoche and Lama Ole along with initiations from Rinpoche.
The first moreEC stand in Russia was organized for this course. All the information from the stand at the Europe Center was translated into Russian and printed in just 10 days—many thanks to everyone who made this possible! On the last day of the course we even had moreEC t-shirts in Russian on the stand, inspiring even more friends to contribute to the campaign.
We managed to bring a lot of inspiration and useful information about the project directly from the EC to Russia to share with friends. Lama Ole and Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche are now giving a course in Siberia, where other friends are organizing a stand and spreading moreEC to Siberia and Far Eastern Russia.
Posted by Yana
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.