From his own personal retreat practice, Ösel Dorje (Costanzo Allione) has gained a strong appreciation for the importance of developing a deep understanding of the philosophical side of Buddhist study, while bringing it to life through meditation experience.

Green Tara Practice: Enter the Mandala of Green Tara, the female buddha of compassion, who swiftly provides protection from fear and suffering. Green Tara is accessible even to those who have not received the initiation of Tara, she is simply present to all those who call upon her.

The Dakini Ngöndro: In this retreat we will enter the Dakini world of Yeshe Tsogyal, the spiritual mother of Tibetan Buddhism. This practice directly transmits the Dzogchen state and is a fresh revelation that is infused with “the warm breath of the Dakinis”.


Dzogchen Easter Retreat Don’t Push the River: Don’t dam the flow, direct it or put it to work – the desire for mastery over events is the meditators prison. Self-arising, self-liberating – the empty vanishing object frees the empty vanishing subject. This mutual freeing reveals awareness, clarity and responsivity – the heart of both dzogchen and mahamudra. The focus will be on practice.

We are very pleased to announce an evening lecture in Cologne (Wednesday, April 8th, 2020 at 7.30 pm) to be given by James Low on the topic No Sweat Compassion in addition to the weekend programme.

James Low’s deep insight into the Dzogchen and Mahamudra teachings, his winning presence, and his profound understanding of human psychology make him an exceptional teacher.


We are very happy to announce that  H.E. Mindrolling Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche will continue her teachings on the Nine Yanas (vehicles), The Gradual Path of the Nyingmapas – 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. They comprise each and every aspect of the Buddha’s teachings.

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.



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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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