Archive for 2010

Coming out of the 3-year retreat

A group of ten practitioners concluded their 3-year retreat on Thursday 27th of May, the auspicious day of Buddha’s enlightenment. Before they left the retreat boundaries (the Drubkang) a sang puja was performed and the protection circle was dissolved. After that they all went to the Stupa where a mandala offering was held. Together with all the family members and friends who had come on this occasion, as well as the other residents of the place, we then all recited the Mahamudra wishing prayer by the 3rd Karmapa in English in our temple.  Next the retreatants wanted to see the newly built house for Karmapa, where they also recited another prayer, before they could finally unite with their families and friends. In a relaxed and joyous atmosphere everybody enjoyed the huge buffet which was arranged in the center as well as in the Drubkang.
In the afternoon the temple, where we all did the Milarepa Tsok Puja, was filled up to the last place. After the Mahakala Puja in the evening little groups of people were spread throughout the place talking and sharing time together.
The next day we were very happy to welcome Jigme Rinpoche in our center. After he had a look at the latest development of the place, he took time to answer the questions of the retreatants in the main temple. Later he gave the reading transmission (lung) for the White Tara practice to everybody, which we had already requested from him.

The 10 retreatants will now go  for a few weeks to visit their family homes, before they will continue with another 3 month retreat on shine (mental calm) and lhagtong (deeper insight) in autumn, followed by a period of Buddhist studies. In February 2011 they plan to continue with another year of retreat, where they wish to further deepen the practices which they have learnt so far.

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New Heating system

After the generous contribution of many dharma friends who had followed our call for donations last winter, we could now install our new heating system. The new system has replaced our old one. The new system will not only heat the main residential building, including the small temple and Lama Henrik´s residence, but also go on to enable central heating in the main temple and hermitage, providing better practice conditions for both guests and residents. Both the temple and hermitage were being heated by less efficient electric heaters which consumed a considerable amount of electricity. In this way our new wood gasification system (including the use of enviromentally friendly solar panels) will substantially save on electricity as well as significantly lowering the amount of pollution produced by our present system, despite the increase in our heating capacity. Our new water tank would store up to 2000 litres of hot water at a time (for the kitchen and bathroom facilities).

On this occasion we really want to thank all you who made it possible for us to realise this project.

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Retreat houses

Since 2008 we started building a couple of wooden houses, so that people who have already lived and practised in Dedrol Ling for some years can continue with retreat and activity in the centre. In 2009 a first house was built, and in 2010 we completed work on a second chalet. Between 2012 and 2014 a third retreat chalet has also been built (please have a look at the pictures below).

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Losar – Tibetan New Year

Before Losar, the tibetan New Year, we practiced the Middle-length Mahakala Puja for several days both in the center and in the Drubkhang. This is done in order to remove all the different obstacles which could be left from the last year. On the day before Losar, a Sang Ritual was made to make offerings to the Buddhas, the Protectors and all other beings with the intention to create a peaceful and harmonious environment. On the 14th February, the actual Losar-day, we started again with a Middle-length Mahakala Puja early in the morning. We spent these days in a very inspiring atmosphere with our close Dharma friends from around, making tormas, preparing the Tsok-offerings and making the pujas. On the fourth day of the new year we hung new prayer-flags in the center and in the Drubkhang where a second Sang-Puja was performed on this day.

We wish you happiness and prosperity for the Tiger-Metal year and that all your wishes may be fulfilled

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