Archive for February 2011

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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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.
Since in 2017 one house burnt down, it has been reconstructed in 2018.

Please have a look at the pictures below:

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Stupa

One of the first projects in Dedrol Ling was the building of a Stupa following the wish of Gendün Rinpoche.

He said it would be the support of the center, as a Stupa is a representation of the enlightened mind.

The place for it was blessed by Shamar Rinpoche in 1997. Afterwards, the first group of residents, together with the Droublas Stephane and Marlene constructed and filled it in the traditional manner. It was first consecrated by Lama Jigme Rinpoche in 1998 and one year later Beru Khyentse Rinpoche made an extensive consecration.

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Drubkang

A Drubkang is a retreat building where people can practice meditation intensively in a strict and closed manner.

From 1999 to 2010, three cycles of 3-year-retreat took place in Dedrol Ling. These groups were guided by Lamas Henrik and Walli who were assisted by Druplas Stephane and Marlene for the ritual aspects.

The necessary empowerments were given by Shamar Rinpoche, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche and Lama Jigme Rinpoche. Karmapa Thaye Dorje has been visiting the people in the Drubkang regularily during this time.
The first traditional 3-year-retreat started in 1999. Before this group of practitioners could start, they had to transform the old stables into a Drubkang with all the required facilities.

In 2002 a second and larger group extended the Drubkang by constructing a second building with additional rooms and a bathroom. The second retreat cycle lasted from 2003 to 2006.

Both groups did the traditional 3-year-retreat program.

Meanwhile, a new cycle with a modified program was done by a third group of practitioners between 2007 and 2010. In this foundation retreat, which also lasted three years and three months, they intensively practiced the preliminary practices (Ngöndro), Bodhicitta (Lojong), Guru Yogas as well as Shiné and Lhaktong.

In 2011 a one-year-retreat took place with focus on Ngöndro and Shiné and Lhaktong.

From 2012 to 2015 the Drubkhang has been used for different retreat periods which varied between 6-8 months per year.

In the summer of 2015, a retreat cycle of 15 months started with a group of eight people practicing Dorje Pamo.

In 2017 a new retreat cycle started under the guidance of Lama Walli and Drupla Michi, as well as that of Gendün Rinchen Rinpoche, who visits regularly.

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Meditation hall

Thanks to the generous support of many people, we have been able to build a bigger meditation hall. Here group practices are held and teachings are given regularly. It was built and painted in 2006 by the people who are living in the centre. It was consecrated and blessed by Gyalwa Karmapa and a traditional consecration (Rab.ne) was performed by Beru Khyentse Rinpoche.

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