This 5-day retreat with Christine Longaker is oriented to those interested in developing deeper self-understanding, cultivating compassionate interpersonal skills, and practicing meditations that support inner healing and self-forgiveness. How do we treat our self in difficult situations, when something goes wrong, or after making a mistake? What’s the tone of our inner self-talk? Are we sympathetic, understanding, and kind? The purpose of this retreat is to develop skills and insights that support personal healing and inner transformation.


The 8th Kagyu Monlam Germany is being hosted this year by the Karma Kagyü Gemeinschaft Deutschland e.V. and organised by Kamalashila Institute, the European Seat of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa. It will be headed by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, who is H.H. the 17th Karmapa’s representative in Europe. In addition to the recitation of prayers, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche will teach on The Four Dharmas of Gampopa. On Thursday, 23rd of August at 10 a.m. he will give a Chenrezig Empowerment, which is actually part of the course The Four Dharmas of Gampopa (21st to 23rd of August) but can also be booked separately.


We are exceptionally pleased to welcome H.E. Zurmang Gharwang Rinpoche this summer to Kamalashila Institute for the second time. As the twelfth incarnation of the Gharwang Tulkus, Rinpoche is the highest lineage holder of the Zurmang Kagyu tradition and is active worldwide as a teacher of Tibetan Buddhist meditation and philosophy. The topic of Rinpoche’s course will be The Seven Points of Mind Training, Part 2 & Medicine Buddha Empowerment which will take place at Kamalashila Institute 11 to 12 August 2018.



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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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