We are exceptionally pleased to welcome H.E. Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche this summer to Kamalashila Institute for the first time. As the twelfth incarnation of the Gharwang Tulkus, Rinpoche is the highest lineage holder of the Zurmang Kagyu tradition and is active worldwide as a teacher of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and philosophy. The topic of H.E. Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche’s course will be the Seven-Point Mind Training and the Four Kadampa Deities Empowerment. The Empowerment can also be booked seperatly.


Dear Sangha, we did it! The Karma Kagyu Gemeinschaft Deutschland e.V. requested your support for two projects to not only preserve that which already exists but also to reclaim the financial freedom needed to fund the future activities of the Karmapa. We are extremely happy to announce that your generous donations and the support of a few major sponsors have made it possible for us to raise the complete amount of money for both projects. Our sincere thanks goes out to all of you who donated! The fundraising campaign!


The 7th Kagyu Monlam Germany is being hosted this year by the Karma Kagyü Gemeinschaft Deutschland e.V. and organised by Kamalashila Institute, the European Seat of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. We are very happy to announce that it will be headed by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, the representative of His Holiness in Europe. Following the festival, Rinpoche will teach course 7.6 on Atisha‘s “Lamp for the Path to Enlightenment” , which will begin with a Green Tara Empowerment. The Green Tara Empowerment can be booked separately.



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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.

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    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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