ONLINE LIVE- & VIDEO-COURSES on a wide range of topics available on our Kamalashila Online Campus

All Courses are in Englisch with translation into German.

Missed a live class? Discover our wide range of video self-study courses, many of them donation based! For example Meditation and Conduct in the face of War by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche.

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Fundraising for the continued existence of Kamalashila Institute - every donation helps!

We are still living in very “turbulent times”, with pressing questions on the personal as well as the societal level. Uncertainty and unpredictability have become part of our lives. This affects not only the individual, but also many organisers who can no longer plan as they used to – just like the Kamalashila Institute. Besides the known running costs, an additional budget is needed for new technology that had to be purchased for the online courses as well as for this year’s higher heating costs that await us all this winter.

Every donation, no matter how much, helps us to continue to make the Dharma accessible to many people, which is an important and helpful “guideline” especially in these uncertain times.


5-Day Milarepa-Retreat

As in previous years, you have the opportunity to end the year with the traditional Milarepa Retreat together with the resident lamas and the sangha.

Milarepa, the famous 11th century master and yogi, is one of the founding fathers of the Kagyu tradition and is famous for his extraordinary life story and for his songs of realization (Sanskrit: doha, tibetan: gur) as a spontaneous expression of his enlightened state.

This year’s Milarepa retreat will focus on Milarepa Guruyoga practice and the reiligios song “The Three Nails”, which was sung by Milarepa for the benefit of his students in the Tiger Cave in Yolmo, Nepal.

The song highlights the view, meditation and conduct of Mahāmudrā. For the Karma Kagyü tradition, this is the center piece of all teachings of the Buddha. The song explains these three essential points exceptionally clear. Here, the meaning of “nail” is used metaphorically for the view, meditation and conduct. And it is the guru, who hammers the nail in place.

Guided meditation sessions complete the retreat.


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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.


Buddhist literature, meditation supplies, and much more in the Dharmashop

Books from all traditions, statues, thangkas, meditation cushions, malas, posters, singing bowls, incense, and much more for your dharma practice.

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