On Friday January 23rd 2014 I flew to Berlin to be present at the Ordination of Claus-Wilhelm Klinker. We had lived together at Guhyaloka for several years and despite a few scraps I developed a very deep affection for this eccentric man. I was very pleased that he was to join our Order, especially since he is very seriously ill and may not have long to live; so it was a delight to be able to go to Berlin to witness the event. I was invited to stay with the Chintamani Community who were perfect hosts. Karunada met me at the airport and during the weekend took me to the German Historical Museum where I was enthralled by a computerized map showing the shifting borders of Europe; the rise and fall of nations and empires for over a thousand years, and to a concert of Mozart and Beethoven at the magnificent Konzerthaus. Moksasiddha ahowed me to the Neues Museum where I met the beautiful Nefertiti. One evening I wandered alone through the cold city streets taking in the parts of Berlin that I’d visited in 1979 – a very different time.
I met with Claus-Wilhelm on Saturday afternoon at this flat, at the Buddhist Centre for his ordination on Sunday when he became Achalabandhu, and, with several other friends, at a Vegetarian Vietnamese Restaurant on Monday. It was a great weekend – and I flew back home deeply contented.