The focus of this Dzogchen retreat with James Low  will be on using the dzogchen view to awaken to the inseperability of awareness and the openness of the ground. We will use chapter 9 in Simply Being in which Padmasambhava sets out the truth of our existence to support our meditation. James Low’s deep insight into the dzogchen teachings, his winning presence, and his sound understanding of human psychology – seasoned with a good sense of humour – make him an exceptional teacher.


We are very happy to announce that H.E. Mindrolling Jetsun Khandro Rinpoche will be in Kamalashila this year at the end of April (28 – 29 April 2018). She is one of the few female Rinpoches of our time. She is the oldest daughter of the head of the Nyingma tradition, H.H. Mindrolling Trinchen. She was later recognized by H.H. the 16th Karmapa as the incarnation of the Great Dakini of Tsurphu, Khandro Orgyen Tsomo. Rinpoche teaches in English and is well-known for her exceptionally clear, direct, and profound teachings.


Like a Snow Lion in Its Prime: the Shambhala Discovered-treasure Teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. Goodness belongs to all, inherently. In fact, we are goodness itself, in our bones and in our heart. We possess natural warriorship-bravery and gentleness. However, we are often obscured from our own innate, warrior virtue. According to the Shambhala teachings of Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, the greatest task we could undertake in this life is to bring out our basic goodness and warriorship… Read more



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    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.

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    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.

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