This autumn retreat we will use Padmasambhava’s words from chapter 9 of Simply Being and Nuden Dorje’s instructions from chapter 8 of Simply Being to find ourselves in primordial purity. This will be supported by doing Semdzin meditations. To enter purity through purification we will do Dorje Sempa practice according to Simply Being chapter 4 and the Narak Kangshag purification of hell practice. There will be the usual movement practices daily and we will do Padmasambhava puja practice each evening.


The retreat is an immersion into the Five Dakini families, and the transformation of the Five Emotions into the Five Wisdoms. This unique retreat was developed to bring emotional work into alignment with spiritual transformation. It involves exploring the emotions using a variety of means including regression, partner work, art work, sound practice, and movement. Experiencing how these energies contain the potential to become embodied wisdom. Read more


The Path of the Warrior – Seven Day Retreat, March 1 to 8, 2019

Warriorship is inherent. No matter what our belief system, circumstances and state of mind, we have our basic health and goodness; it is possible to bring out that goodness and health through proper training. Warriorship has two principal components: fearlessness and gentleness. On the meditation seat, we have the opportunity to face our fear and evolve our gentleness, together. In this way, warriorship becomes a path and a way of life. In this 7-day program, Mr. Karelis will lead daily meditation sessions and describe the discovered-treasure teachings of the Dorje Dradul, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche on warriorship in daily talks. More information and possibility to register coming soon.


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    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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