Posts Tagged ‘Kalachakra’

UK Sangha in Karma Berchen Ling

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Karma Berchen Ling, Greece

Karma Berchen Ling, Greece

We want to produce Buddhism, not consume it“. This is how Lama Ole Nydahl started a very inspiring talk given in San Francisco in 1995. We all have and enjoy this wonderful possibility to produce Buddhism in every day life in our groups and centres all over the UK. This year however, such a precious opportunity for the UK sangha also appeared in a distant corner of Southern Europe. For the whole month we had the honour to be responsible for running one of our Diamond Way Buddhist retreat centres. In March 2011 the UK sangha became the host of Karma Berchen Ling centre in Greece.


Construction of the Kalachakra Stupa in Greece (video)

Sunday, August 8th, 2010

Previously we blogged about the Kalachakra Stupa being built in Greece. The construction is almost complete now, ready for the stupa’s inauguration on 21-23 August 2010, which will be attended by people from all over the world including many of us from the UK. Here is a video which captures some of the early stages in its construction.

Lama Ole Nydahl invited to London to attend Kalachakra Initiation by H.H. Sakya Trizin

Monday, June 21st, 2010
Kalachakra Initiation London June 2010

Kalachakra Initiation London June 2010

From 14-15 June 2010 Lama Ole Nydahl and several members of the Diamond Way Buddhism sangha attended the initiation of Kalachakra given in London by H.H. Sakya Trizin, the supreme head of the Sakya Lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. This event was organised by Lama Jampa Thaye and the Dechen Community, and Lama Ole Nydahl was invited as a special guest. A full report of H.H. Sakya Trizin’s visit to London, including pictures, can be found on the Dechen blog.


Lama Ole Nydahl: Kalachakra Stupa in Karma Berchen Ling

Tuesday, May 11th, 2010

The following text is from a series of questions and answers with Lama Ole Nydahl on 8 May 2010 in Tonali, Mexico, concerning the construction of the Kalachakra stupa in Karma Berchen Ling, Greece.

Q: What was the reason you decided to build a Kalachakra stupa, especially at Karma Berchen Ling?

A: During Antiquity, due to the Greek conies and their philosophers, the Mediterranean ocean led the western world in free thinking, human rights and democracy.

Kalachakra stupas have been used for the last thousand years in Buddhist Asia to defend such timeless values against any retrograde forces of suppression which history may bring up and they work everywhere.

Our beloved Lama Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche inaugurated one such 13-meter high stupa near Malaga in 1994, looking south. We are searching for fitting land in (more…)

Recalling the Kalachakra Initiation in Spain, May 2009

Sunday, May 9th, 2010

In this extensive post we recall the Kalachakra Initiation given by Beru Khyentse Rinpoche at the Karma Guen Diamond Way Buddhist Retreat Center in Spain one year ago, as well as the meaning and significance of the Kalachakra Tantra.

Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Beru Khyentse Rinpoche, Lama Ole Nydahl

In May and June 2009 several friends from the Diamond Way Buddhism UK sangha travelled to Spain to participate in a series of important Buddhist events. The Kalachakra initiation took place on May 27-28, and was attended by 1,400 international friends. This was followed by the initiation of Loving Eyes (Tib. Chenrezig) by the Fourth Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche (who is Beru Khyentse Rinpoche’s son). After this Lama Ole Nydahl gave a Phowa course attened by 1,000 friends. This was followed by the programme of H.H. Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje from June 2-8. Gyalwa Karmapa gave the initiation of Almighty Ocean (Tib. Gyalwa Gyamtso) and teachings on Shantideva’s Aspiration Prayer from the Bodhicharyavatara “Engaging in Bodhisattva Conduct”. These were attended by several important guests including Gyalwa Karmapa’s parents Mipham Rinpoche and Mayumla, Lama Jigme Rinpoche from Dhagpo Kagyu Ling in France, Nendo Rinpoche, Lama Ole Nydahl, Lama Jampa Thaye, the Gómez family who founded Karma Guen, and around 1,600 international friends. Gyalwa Karmapa also visited the Benalmadena Stupa and gave the initiation of White Tara. Many photographs from all the events can be seen at the White Umbrella website, herehere and here.