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  • Our Teachers

    Many teachers, both male and female, of the Karma Kagyu lineage come to Kamalashila Institute to give teachings or to practise rituals. Teachers from other Tibetan traditions or teachers from the West also come to us to guide retreats and give seminars. The spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu lineage is H.H. the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje. Here you will find the biographies only of those teachers who offer their courses in English as well. A list of all of our teachers is available on our German Website. Next
  • Meditation

    Practising meditation is essentially a way of getting to know ourselves better through familiarizing ourselves with our own minds. From the Buddhist point of view, the human mind is already awake and liberated. Its nature is compassionate and fully present. No matter what kinds of meditation we practise, all of them are aimed at increasing our mindfulness and presence, facilitating inner peace, and enabling us to deal with our emotions in a healthy way. Next
  • Standard Business Terms

    The following Standard Business Terms govern all events (courses, seminars, retreats) of Kamalashila Institute commencing 1 January 2009. They govern the relationship between Kamalashila Institute as the organizer and the attendee from the time of valid registration. 1. Terms of Payment: The course fees stated in the published programme are due for payment at the time of registration and must be transferred (by bank transfer) by the attendee to the organizer. For courses taking place over more than one weekend, the attendee may be allowed to pay in instalments. 2. Rebates: The organizer may, in an individual case, reduce the … Next
  • FAQ

    How do I reach Kamalashila Institute with public transportation? The way to reach us by public transportation can be found here: Link zu Anfahrt Can I stay at Kamalashila Institute without attending a course? Yes. You are more than welcome to stay here to do a retreat, relax, or work as a volunteer. Please make sure to reserve a room on time. What facilities does Kamalashila Institute have? In addition to the ongoing courses and seminars, we have a library, which mainly contains Buddhist literature, a Dharmashop, which sells Tibetan practice texts, books, and various objects used in Buddhist rituals, … Next
  • Organisational Matters

    Below you will find the main information on registering for a course, meals, accommodation possibilities, and how to get here. Next
  • The Institute

    Kamalashila Institute was founded in 1981. It is one of the first Tibetan Buddhist centres in Europe and is the European seat of the Karmapa. The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage. The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is one of the highest ranking lamas of Tibetan Buddhism. The spiritual director of Kamalashila Institute is Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, who himself grew up under the care of the 16th Karmapa. Although he lives in the USA and runs his own centre in Seattle, Rinpoche still visits us on a regular basis. Next
  • Our City Groups

    In order to provide sangha members and all interested persons with the opportunity of studying and practising Buddhism as close to home as possible, several meditation groups have been established in a number of cities. Each of these has its own individual programme, ranging from weekly meditation sessions to study groups and weekend seminars. Further information about the groups is available from the local organizers (see below) and from Kamalashila Institute at +49 2655 9390-40. In addition to Kamalashila’s city groups, which are run by the two resident lamas Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye and Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi, there are … Next
  • Supporting Kamalashila Institute

    Like all Buddhist centres, Kamalashila Institute cannot survive without the various kinds of support it receives from its friends, guests, and sponsoring members. There are many different ways you can support our work at Kamalashila and the Karmapa’s vision for Europe. Completed fundraising campains! Next

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