Archive for 2011

Begin of retreat year

On the 7th of March 2011 a one year retreat started in Dedröl Ling . During the two weeks prior to this, we practiced middle-length Mahakala and performed a Sang Puja in order to celebrate the Tibetan New Year (Losar). We, as a community, enjoyed spending this time all together. A group of 10 people are already back in the Drubkang for one year. As we have mentioned before (see About 2011), not only will the Drubkang do retreat, but everybody living here.

We hope, that our practice will be of benefit and we wish you all good health and excellent conditions for dharma practice in the following year. 

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About 2011

The whole center participated in a three month retreat guided by Lama Henrik from August to November 2010. Afterwards, the group dedicated some weeks for buddhist studies, before starting a new cycle of a one year retreat in March 2011.

Inspired from the good experience  from the last retreat as well as the fact that no bigger building projects are planned for this year, all people living in Marfond will start a new cycle of retreat. Among them, 10 people will practice in the Drubkang, four sessions per day, whilst the rest of the practioners in the center will reserve one session in the afternoon for center work, if necessary. If you like to support our retreat financially, we would be very grateful: The Drubkang still needs about 200€ per month to cover expenses such as gaz, electricity etc. If you are able to help us, even with a small amount, please consult our support page.

Karmapa House

We feel very fortunate that the Karmapa/Lama House project has come to fruition and that the main construction was completed at the end of 2010. After about two years of construction, we were happy to present the house to the Karmapa for the first time. During his visit in 2009 he accepted and blessed the house. It has three rooms (one living room, a private room for Karmapa and a third for his parents, Mipham Rinpoche and Ma-Yum), as well as a kitchen, bathroom and a balcony. In August 2012 the finished house was offered to the Karmapa. We feel that through this project we had the possibility to strengthen our link with the Karmapa and the lineage and we hope that it will be of great benefit in the future. On this occasion we would like to express our deepest gratitude to all our many friends and helpers who supported this project, either through their financial generosity or by their work, without them it would have been impossible.

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