Kamalashila Institute is still facing great financial challenges.

With the beginning of Corona, we launched our first online courses. These are very well received and make Dharma accessible also to students who would otherwise not have the opportunity to take part in courses at Kamalashila!

With our current website, we are limited to what we can make available. Therefore, we are planning a new online presence and a modern online campus, in which we can make live and video courses available to as many Dharma students wordlwide as possible.

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Friday, May 14 to Sunday, May 16

The Distinction between Consciousness and Wisdom (Tib.: namshe yeshe jepa) is a central text of the III Karmapa Rangjung Dorje and a profound explanation of mind, consciousness and wisdom. The text describes the Eight Modes of Consciousness and their function, the nature of the Five Wisdoms, and explains why the natural state of our mind is ultimate wisdom. First we deal with our mind as the cause of delusion and being free from delusion, and then with how we can discover the wisdoms within us.

The course includes teachings on this profound text as well as appropriate meditations that allow us to deepen this theme through our own contemplation and experience.

English with German translation.

For further information please see the Mahayana online course page here.

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June 4 to 6, 2021

The central element on the Mahayana path is loving-kindness and compassion – not only for others but also for ourselves. Bodhicitta, the heart that strives for enlightenment, guides us on this path, which is sometimes not easy due to the various circumstances we meet.  How can we keep our hearts open and full of love and care for others, especially when we meet difficult circumstances?

English with German translation.

For further information please see the Mahayana online course page here.

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Kamalashila Live Online-Teachings with our resident Lamas and guest teachers!

Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi, Acharya Lama Sonam Rabgye, Chandra Easton, James Low, Lee Worley, Lama Tsultrim Allione
Acharya Lama Kelzang WangdiAcharya Lama Sonam RabgyeChandra EastonJames LowLee WorleyLama Tsultrim Allione

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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.


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