Archive for 2012

Karmapa Visit

We had the honour of welcoming Gyalwa Karmapa in Marfond once again. On the 21st of August he was presented with the keys to his recently finished house. This was a joyous event, afterwhich lamas and residents had the great privelage of an interview with the Karmapa within the residence itself (Images). The Karmapa then proceeded to bless another recently completed retreat house.
This whole visit was a great blessing for the center and all who attended. (more…)

Retreat with Lama Walli

From the 14th to the 21st of April a retreat course was held in Marfond. Guided meditation sessions were interspersed with dharma teachings, classes in Yangchen as well as other physical exercises. Throughout the course Lama Walli continued to give explanations and the reading transmission of the Ngedön Gyamtso (Mahamudra – The Ocean of True Meaning) by the 9th Karmapa Wangchug Dorje.

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Third retreat house

Having received building permission for another retreat house, work began in May 2012. Through the help of many friends the house was made winter-proof after only four months of work, enabling Beate and Uwe to spend their first retreat in the new house in winter 2012.

The construction continued in spring 2013 until the end of July. During this time we finished the green roof, started the construction of the balcony and the insulation of the outside walls.

Work was once again resumed on the house this March continuing with the insulation and cladding of the outside walls. The house should be fully functional and close to completion this year.

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about 2012

In the first half of 2012 we worked on the construction of a third retreat house.
From the 28th of July until the 14th of August and from the 20th of August until the 29th of October Lama Henrik guides a three-month retreat in Marfond.
Gyalwa Karmapa visited Marfond in August and we had the honour of offering him his finished house.

Study course

At the end of our practice year we had the chance to receive teachings from Khenpo Chöchok. From the 27th February to 7th March we studied with him two treaties from the third Karmapa, called “Namshe Yeshe” (The Distinction between consciousness and wisdom) and “Nyingpo Tenpa” (Pointing out the Tathagata Heart). It has been the wish of H.H. 17th Karmapa that we become well acquainted with these two important texts.

It was a very inspiring experience for the whole community to work with Khenpo Chöchok in such a concentrated and open atmosphere, which allowed us to clarify our questions with him. At the end we expressed the wish to invite him again for further study courses in the future.

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Retreat Year 2011

2011 was a year mainly dedicated to practice. From Losar to Losar (March 2011-February 2012), we had a year of practice in Marfond. On the one hand, we had a group of people in the drupkang who had completed a 3yr retreat in 2010 and who continued with another year. All the other practitioners living in Marfond reduced activities to what was really necessary for the running of the centre, to ensure that they could practice most of the day.

During the three months of August-October, the drubkhang and the centre were together in strict retreat under the guidance of Lama Henrik. For the rest of the time we were under Lama Walli’s guidance. Especially during the Winter months (December-January) she specifically took care of her long-term students, so that we could deepen our practice and grow further together as a group.

We concluded the year by the coming together of both groups for the Mahakala days preceding Losar, and a 10-day study course with Khenpo Choechok.

Three–month retreat 2011 with Lama Henrik

Have no fear of difficulties but consider them as a blessing of the Three Jewels. If you have problems, know them to arise in your mind because of your own karma and therefore do not blame others for them.
(Lama Henrik)

With this in mind, retreatants from the drubkhang and from the center (residents and visitors) had the opportunity to practice under the guidance of Lama Henrik from the 15th of August until the 15th of November 2011. In a closed retreat we all followed the same rhythm of four sessions per day. Everybody did their individual practice in their own room, and we practiced daily Mahakala and two monthly tsok pujas together.

Once a week, Lama Henrik answered our questions and gave instructions on meditation and on the mind; based on Mahamudra–The Ocean of True Meaning by Karmapa Wangchug Dorje. During the last month of retreat, Lama Henrik also gave us the Tibetan reading transmission (lung) of Mahamudra–The Ocean of True Meaning.

How fortunate we have been to find such favourable and supportive practice conditions.

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Visit of Beru Khyentse Rinpoche

On the 5th of September 2011 Beru Khyentse Rinpoche visited us in the late afternoon. In a relaxed atmosphere Rinpoche took his time to answer our questions. His presence was a great blessing.

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