Frequently Asked Questions

How do I reach Kamalashila Institute with public transportation?
The way to reach us by public transportation can be found here: Link zu Anfahrt

Can I stay at Kamalashila Institute without attending a course?
Yes. You are more than welcome to stay here to do a retreat, relax, or work as a volunteer. Please make sure to reserve a room on time.

What facilities does Kamalashila Institute have?
In addition to the ongoing courses and seminars, we have a library, which mainly contains Buddhist literature, a Dharmashop, which sells Tibetan practice texts, books, and various objects used in Buddhist rituals, and a coffee shop called the Café Stupa, which serves coffee and cakes.

Do I have to bring my own bedding and towels when I stay overnight?
Bedding and towels are included in the price of the single and double rooms. In the share accommodation rooms, you have to bring your own bedding (including blankets) or sleeping bag and towels.

Can I bring my dog or cat with me?
Unfortunately pets cannot be brought to Kamalashila Institute. We thank you for your understanding on this point.

Does Kamalashila Institute offer meals?
Wholesome, vegetarian meals are offered to our guests during courses and seminars. The price for the breakfast buffet includes coffee and tea. Tea and hot water are available free of charge at all times, including during lunch and dinner. The Stupa Café is also open in the afternoons on weekends. Homemade cakes and hot drinks are offered for sale at very reasonable prices (not included in the 25 euros/day for meals).

If I have allergies or food intolerances, can I request special meals?
Please let us know at the time you book your room what you cannot eat. We’ll talk to our cooks and will try to accommodate you.

Does Kamalashila Institute offer child care?
Although children are very welcome at Kamalashila Institute, we are unable to offer child care. You are responsible for taking care of your children yourself. Experience has shown that the best solution is when both parents attend the seminar and take turns taking care of the children.

Can I bring my child to a puja?
Yes, children are very welcome. But since pujas usually last at least an hour, it’s a good idea to bring something along to occupy the child with.

Does Kamalashila Institute have a programme in printed form?
If you would like to have the programme sent to you, just send us an e-mail to

I give courses myself and would like to offer such courses at Kamalashila Institute. Whom should I contact?
Please contact our office if you are interested in our facilities or if you would like to offer a course yourself.

What are the conditions for groups that would like to meet in Kamalashila Institute without a course leader?
Groups without a course leader are welcome to spend a weekend or several days during the week at Kamalashila Institute. Please contact us for our current prices and conditions.

I am a course leader and would like to offer my self-organized course at Kamalashila Institute. Is this possible and what are the conditions?
Yes, it is possible. Please contact us for our current prices and conditions.

I’m interested in Kamalashila Institute and would like to just come by and have a look. Is that possible?
Kamalashila Institute is open daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. You are welcome any time during these hours to come and have a look around. If you would like a guided tour, please contact our office and make an appointment.

Do you offer group tours?
Yes, we do. If you would like a guided tour, please contact our office and make an appointment.

I would like to come to Kamalashila Institute to work for a few weeks. Is that possible?
Yes, it is possible. Descriptions of the different ways of doing this are found here.

How can I support Kamalashila Institute?
You can support us by actively working in Kamalashila or of course through a financial contribution. Both are always welcome! More information on this is available here.


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