The Karmapa and the Villagers Entertain Each Other






Kamalashila Institute, Lagenfeld, Eifel, Germany, June 1, 2014

Sunday evening, Kamalashila hosted a reception for important people from the village so that they could be with the Karmapa in a more informal atmosphere. Tall tables with navy cloths around which people congregated and harp music in the background gave an elegant tone to the evening as did the nouvelle cuisine style of the Tibetan food that was served by young Tibetans who have a restaurant in Bonn. The Karmapa spoke of feeling a close connection to the town, of his desire to protect the environment in Tibet and the Himalayan region, and his plans to promote the education of monks and nuns so that they could become leaders in their communities.  The Karmapa also recalled a recent visit to the Benedictine monastery of Maria Laach in nearby Eifel. He participated in an hour of prayers with the monks and felt especially at home as the monastery was founded in the same century as the lifetime of the first Karmapa who lived 900 years ago. He also must have felt in familiar territory because the monks practice meditation and are artists, as well as creating beautiful metal work and famous bells.


When the party drew to a close, the guests moved to the lawn outside the dining room where a local band and an a capella men’s choir performed. With a population of around 600, Langenfeld has over twenty musical groups. The Karmapa, who has composed many songs himself, swayed gently to the music and seemed to really enjoy himself. Couples danced on the terrace to the band’s captivating music. The evening was a fitting end to a special and wonderful visit —festive, elegant, and warm with friendship.


2014.6.1 法王噶瑪巴與朗根費爾德村民相見歡 The Karmapa Meets the Villagers of Lagenfeld http://www.karmapa-germany.de/the-karmapa-and-the-villagers-entertain-each-other/

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Hwayue Foundation: Notification on the Cancellation of the Diamond Sutra Teaching - teaching by HH the 17th Karmapa

Sikkim CM Chamling Seeks PM Modi’s Permission For Exiled Tibetan Leader’s Visit - News18.com

An Announcement From The Gyalwang Karmapa About The Recent Tragic Events Concerning Two Tibetan Children

The Benefits of Veneration at Rumtek Monastery

His Holiness 17th Karmapa’s First Visit to UK & Palpung Wales on the Road - Palpung Changchub Dargyeling

Advice on Spiritual Pracitce

On Confidence in the Dharma: An Interview with H.H. the 16th Karmapa (Densal)

Celebrate! Gyalwang Karmapa's July 2017 Visit to KTD - KTD

How to Find Freedom Through Meditation (Podcast Episode #014)

His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa visits U of T - Ho Centre for Buddhist Studies at University of Toronto