The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva by Ngulchu Thogme Sangpo are beautifully and clearly written verses of Mahayana Buddhism. The cultivation of them represents the heart of the Buddhist path of practice according to the four Vajrayana schools of Tibetan buddhadharma. The emphasis of these practices is the placing of the well-being of others ahead of achieving one’s own gains. Bill Karelis has been teaching meditation since 1979. His Seven-Day Retreat takes place 10 – 17 March 2017 at Kamalashila Institute.


Dear sangha, friends, and supporters of Kamalashila Institute, it is our goal to support and prepare the way for the activities of the 17th Karmapa to the best of our abilities. In this year we have two large projects for which your support is needed. Any donation you can make will help support the activities of the 17th Karmapa in Germany and Europe. Every contribution, no matter how small, is very welcome and very much appreciated.


We are very happy to announce that H.E. Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will be in Kamalashila this year at the beginning of June (3 – 4 June 2017) to teach the third part of the profound text The Heart of the Matter by the dzogchen and mahamudra master Tsele Natsok Rangdröl. On the basis of this text, Rinpoche will provide direct insight into the view and the practice of dzogchen. The view and practice of dzogchen provides us – particularly in this modern confused world – with a way of dealing with the many challenges we face in our lives.



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  • German Karma Kagyu Association

    Kamalashila Institute for Buddhist Studies and Meditation is a part of–and simultaneously the main centre of–the Karma Kagyü Gemeinschaft Deutschland e.V. This German association is the official representative of the Karma Kagyu lineage in Germany and of the activities of H.H. the Gyalwang Karmapa in Europe. The association was founded in 1978 as an organizational centre for the numerous visits and programmes of the most eminent teachers of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism.

  • His Holiness the 17th Gyalwang Karmapa

    H.H. the 17th Karmapa is the spiritual head of the 900-year old Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. He is regarded as one of the most important spiritual architects of our modern times. The Karmapa plays a vital role in the preservation and modernization of Tibetan Buddhist spirituality and culture. Described as one of the most significant “spiritual guides of the 21st century”, the Karmapa has inspired millions of people throughout the world as a teacher, an artist, a poet, and as an environmental activist.

  • City Groups of Kamalashila Institute

    Are you looking for a place near you where you can study and practise meditation and Buddhism? A growing number of meditation groups associated with Kamalashila now exist in several German cities. Each of these has its own individual programme, ranging from weekly meditation sessions to study groups and weekend seminars. The city groups are run by our two resident lamas, Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye and Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi.


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