All that we know as subject and object arises in dependence on other manifestations which are also dependent, and so on in all directions forever. This is the play of the inseparability of emptiness and the creative effulgence of awareness. We will look at the deconstructive freshness of the Heart Sutra and relate it to the view of Dzogchen. It will be practical as we seek to see how we solidify illusion and give ourselves and others a hard time. James Low’s deep insight into the dzogchen teachings, his winning presence, and his sound understanding of human psychology – seasoned with a strong sense of humor – make him an exceptional teacher.

To our great joy I.E. Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will continue her teachings on the nine yanas (vehicles) next year – a topic that is both vast and profound. The nine yanas represent nothing less than the entire spectrum of the gradual path to buddhahood according to the Tibetan Nyingma tradition. Khandro Rinpoche’s explanations provide practitioners with an overview of the gradual progression of the nine yanas. Her explanations also help practitioners to see their own meditative practices in a larger context and serve as precious meditation instructions. The program is appropriate for newcomers and experienced practitioners alike. Read more


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.



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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.

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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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