On 19 June 2016 – the day before he was scheduled to leave Europe – His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje spontaneously decided to come to the Eifel to meet with the core team of Kamalashila Institute and to talk about its future development. Shortly before his arrival, we informed the participants of a seminar on “Dying and End of Life Care”, which was taking place in Kamalashila on that weekend, of who was about to arrive at Kamalashila. Needless to say, they were totally amazed! After his arrival, we first had the most wonderful opportunity of celebrating his “real” 31st birthday with him in a small group. We had lunch together–a very special Tibetan buffet–which our friends from the Himalayak restaurant in Bonn had prepared for us. These were two exceptionally wonderful hours in a very natural and relaxed atmosphere.
We thank His Holiness for this blessed opportunity and hope to see him again very soon in Kamalashila Institute. We also thank all of our friends who so enthusiastically helped us with the preparations at such short notice!