Sunday, May 8, 2016

Remembering Hannah Nydahl

For years it had been the strong wish of many to have a weekend of remembering and celebrating the life of Hannah Nydahl, and finally that wish came true. Close friends and students came to the EC to share their lively memories of an unforgettable woman – and Lama Ole guided a meditation on White Liberatrice via live streaming for his students around the world.

Hannah Nydahl was a student of H.H. the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, the great Lopön Tsechu Rinpoche, and many other teachers. Together with her husband Lama Ole Nydahl, she helped to bring the authentic teachings of the Karma Kagyu to the West. She was traveling companion, translator, and friend to many high lamas including Shamar Rinpoche, Jamgön Kongtrul Rinpoche, Lama Jigme Rinpoche, and others. Hannah passed away on 1st April, 2007, after a six-month fight with cancer.

The barn was beautifully decorated with pictures of Hannah for the weekend (and actually, they are so beautiful that we just left them hanging after the weekend). After the deeply touching meditation with Lama Ole and wonderfully inspiring lectures about her life and her work, we celebrated what would have been Hannah’s 70th birthday with a festive dinner together.

One of the highlights of the weekend was most certainly the screening of the touching, award-winning film “Hannah – Buddhism’s Untold Story” in the cinema in Immenstadt on Sunday. You can get news about the Hannah film and watch the trailer here:

Love is all around on the Hannah Weekend

To most of her many students and friends, Hannah Nydahl was not only an extraordinarily dedicated Buddhist practitioner and pioneer of Buddhism in the West, but also the epitome of kindness, compassion, wisdom and unconditional love for everybody.

She was often compared to the female Buddha aspect White Liberatrice (Skt. Sita Tara, Tib. Drolma Karmo or Drolkar). The weekend’s atmosphere somehow seemed to reflect this – dedicated meditation and love really were all around and clearly showed how her legacy is carried on in all our hearts.