Karmapa

  • A surprise visit of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa in Kamalashila Institute, his European seat!

    On 19 June 2016 – the day before he was scheduled to leave Europe – His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje spontaneously decided to come to the Eifel to meet with the core team of Kamalashila Institute and to talk about its future development. Shortly before his arrival, we informed the participants of a seminar on “Dying and End of Life Care”, which was taking place in Kamalashila on that weekend, of who was about to arrive at Kamalashila. Needless to say, they were totally amazed! After his arrival, we first had the most wonderful opportunity of celebrating … Next
  • 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
  • The Karmapa / 2016

    His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje visited Switzerland and France in 2016. He gave a variety of teachings and empowerments on three weekends in Geneva, Zurich, and Paris. He spoke on environmental issues, happiness and peace, and Buddhism in day-to-day life. All of the teachings, photographs, and reports of his third visit to Europe are available at www.kagyuoffice.org and on Karmapa – YouTube. 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
  • Buddhism

    Are you interested in “personally encountering the Buddha” and following the spiritual path described by him? If you are, then there are a few things you should know before you begin your journey. Buddhism is primarily a path on which you study, get to know, and train your own mind. It is a spiritual and not a religious path. The goal is self-knowledge rather than salvation, and freedom rather than a heavenly kingdom. Buddha’s path is based on rational thinking and analysis and on contemplation and meditation, the goal being to transform mere knowledge “about things” into knowledge that transcends … Next
  • Light Offerings & Pujas

    It is common in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries to perform various ceremonies and rituals at people’s request. This has now become a tradition in Kamalashila as well. We offer the following: Next
  • German Karma Kagyu Association

    Kamalashila Institute for Buddhist Studies and Meditation is a part of and is simultaneously the main centre of the Karma Kagyü Gemeinschaft Deutschland e.V., a German association that functions as the official representative of the Karma Kagyu lineage and of the activities of H.H. the Karmapa in Germany. In the 1970s, prestigious teachers of the Karma Kagyu tradition, such as Kalu Rinpoche and the 16th Karmapa, began travelling to Europe and North America. In the wake of these visits, several Kagyu centres were also established in Germany, which necessitated the founding of an association for the organization and administration of … Next
  • Our Sangha

    The Pali or Sanskrit word “sangha” means something like “community” or “gathering”. In very general terms, the sangha means the community of all Buddhist practitioners who follow the Buddha’s path and the Buddha’s teachings (dharma). But often students of a particular master or institution will also refer to themselves as a sangha, which is then a more narrow meaning. In spiritual terms, the sangha is one of the so-called “three jewels” consisting of the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha. Buddhist practitioners take refuge in these, which means they place themselves under the protection of them. One often hears of … Next
  • Spiritual Director

    Karma Sungrab Ngedön Tenpe Gyeltshen was born in Indian in Rumtek/Sikkim in 1965 and was soon recognized as the 7th reincarnation of Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche. He is therefore one of the most important teachers of the Nyingma and Kagyu traditions of Tibetan Buddhism. Rinpoche grew up under the care of the 16th Karmapa. He received comprehensive training in the contemplative, intellectual, and artistic disciplines of Indian and Tibetan Buddhism. He graduated from the Karma Shri Nalanda University in Rumtek/Sikkim and afterwards studied English literature and comparative religion at Columbia University in New York. He is a lineage holder of both … Next
  • The Karma Kagyu Lineage

    Over the centuries, Tibetan Buddhism has been developed and passed on directly from the teacher to the student through the so-called transmission lineages. One of the four main schools of Tibetan Buddhism is the Kagyu tradition, which in turn is subdivided into several main and secondary lineages. Kamalashila Institute belongs to the Karma Kagyu school, which is headed by the Karmapa. Tradition holds that the transmission of the Kagyu lineage began with the Original Buddha, Dorje Chang. Dorje Chang is a so-called transcendent buddha who is seen as an embodiment of absolute truth. From him the typology of the five … Next
  • Our Vision

    The world we live in is getting smaller and people’s actions have tremendous impact. In the era in which we live people cannot get away with clinging to their beliefs. I don’t have any personal attachment or clinging to being a Buddhist. We need to step outside the boundaries of Buddhism and really go out and share the benefits of our Buddhist practice with the rest of the world. Next

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