Our online program consists of live courses* with our resident lamas and guest teachers on a wide range of topics. We are constantly updating this offer – sign up for our English newsletter so you don’t miss any courses that include English!

Unable to attend live? No problem! If you are unable to attend a session, you will receive the link to the videos to make up for missed parts.

We do not turn anyone down anyone due to financial difficulties. If you would like to take part in a course, but the specified course fee is too high for you, simply write a short email to online@kamalashila.de.

* Zoom is used for these offers. You don’t need a Zoom account, but you have to register for the relevant session to receive the link. Dialing in by phone is also possible. (An explanation of Zoom can be found here).

Basic Goodness - Our Buddhanture (12.8-ONL)

Wednesdays, December 2, 9 and 16 /  7:00 to 8:30 CET  **Registration Deadline: November 30**
with Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi

This course is about our Buddhanture, the qualities inherent in all of us – or our Basic Goodness, a term used by Chögyam Thrungpa Rinpoche for Buddhanature. Lama Kelzang has the wonderful gift of implementing the traditional and profound teachings for our modern life and making them easily accessible.
The course consists of teachings, guided meditations and there will be time for questions.

English with German translation.

 Course fee:

  • 55,- Euro (Standard)
  • 44,- Euro (reduced fee for members of the Karma Kagyü Association)
  • 100,- Euro (Sponsor price – to support the Institute)

Register now!

Practice of Paramitas in Daily Life: Meditation and Wisdom (12.2-ONL)

Friday, December 18 to Sunday, December 20 **Registration Deadline: December 16**
with Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye

The six paramitas – generosity, ethical discipline, patience, joyful diligence, meditative concentration and wisdom – are transcendent virtues which, in their perfect form, ultimately lead us beyond our worldly existence. On the way to Buddhahood they are our constant companions in daily life.

This weekend will be about the paramitas of meditation and wisdom, not only from the theoretical point of view, but also with a focus on shamatha and vipashyana meditation.

English with German translation.

Friday, December 18th
7 p.m. to 9 p.m. CET

Saturday, December 19th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 20th
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 Course fee:

  • 90,- Euro (Standard)
  • 72- Euro (reduced fee for members of the Karma Kagyü Association)
  • 180,- Euro (Sponsor price – to support the Institute)

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Finding Stillness and Happiness within: Introduction to Meditation (1.2-ONL)

Wednesdays, January 6, 13, 20 and 27 /  7:00 to 8:30 CET  **Registration Deadline: January 4**
with Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye

A fresh start into the new year! Start 2021 meditating with Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye.

We will cover the meditation posture according to your own physical abilities and different basic meditation techniques that are easy to implement even into our busy lives. We will practice together and there is time for questions.

You will receive handouts which will make it easy for you to continue meditating on your own. In addition, you can set up a personal interviews with Lama Sönam and discuss your personal meditation questions.

This course is intended for beginners but also a wonderful review for those who are already meditating!

English with German translation.

 Course fee:

  • 72,- Euro (Standard)
  • 58,- Euro (reduced fee for members of the Karma Kagyü Association)
  • 180,- Euro (Sponsor price – to support the Institute)

Register now!

Emptiness and the Great Mother (1.3-ONL)

Sundays, January 10, 17, 24 and 31  /  7:00 to 9:00 pm CET  **Registration Deadline: January 7**
with Lopön Chandra Easton

Come join us for a journey to the source, the womb, of the Great Mother in her many forms as found in both the Mahāyāna and Vajrayāna phases of Buddhism. Numerous real life women, not only female deities, have played a powerful role in the spiritual lives of Buddhist communities around the world from the time of the Buddha until now. In this course, Lopön Chandra will introduce you to some inspiring women and goddesses and guide you through an integrative experience of their wisdom teachings. All are welcome!

Why is this series called “Emptiness and the Great Mother”?

Emptiness or śūnyatā in Sanskrit, comes from the word “śūnya” which means “empty,” combined with the suffix “tā” signifying “ness.” Together they form “emptiness.” Yet, śūnyatā can also be translated as “openness,” or “open dimension of being.” The great Indian Buddhist, Asaṅga, states that śūnyatā is an “aesthetic continuum with all possibilities.” It is found extensively in the early Mahāyāna Buddhist literature called The Perfection of Wisdom Sūtras which date from the first and second centuries C.E.

It is these very Sūtras (texts) that ushered in the Mahāyāna (Great Vehicle) movement in Indian Buddhism, and where we find śūnyatā articulated as the womb of totality, the Mother of the Buddhas, called Prajñā Pāramitā (Perfection of Wisdom), and Yum Chenmo (Great Mother) in Tibetan. In the beginning, she was a philosophical principle, then later she became a female Buddha in the Tantric era, she is the first instance in which the feminine principle is attributed the utmost stature in Buddhism. From here it just gets better for real women and female deities. For example, texts and practices began to emerge that were devoted to figures such as Āryā Tārā, Sarāswatī, Vajrayōginī, various Dākiṇīs, Yōginīs and many others, and more positions of respect and influence were given to women teachers and practitioners. It is these traditions that were brought to Tibet beginning in the 7th century.

This four class series will include dharma talks, guided meditation, pranayama, and mantra recitation.

English with German translation.

 Course fee:

  • 120,- Euro (Standard)
  • 96,- Euro (reduced fee for members of the Karma Kagyü Association)
  • 250,- Euro (Sponsor price – to support the Institute)

Register now!

Adventure Mahayana: The Journey to Enlightenment - An Online Course Series in 8 Modules - Starting February 5, 2021!

In this online course series, Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi and Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye will give an extensive introduction to the view and practice of Mahyana Buddhism. The series consists of eight modules which can also be booked independently. Particular for beginners we recommend to book the entire course, as the modules build on one another.

Each of the eight modules covers specific aspects of Mahayana, e.g. buddhanature, emptiness, 5 paths, 10 bhumis, 37 factors of enlightenmentan the three kayas. The online series concludes with a practice retreat that will focus in on meditation and deepen our understanding of what was learned in the prior modules.

Registration opens December 1st!

More info on the series and each module

Approaching Emptiness: Four Schools in Buddhism (3.5-ONL)

Wednesdays, March 3, 10, 24, 31   /  7:00 to 8:30 CET  **Registration Deadline: March 1**
with Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi

On four evenings Acharya Lama Kelzang will teach the different views of the four schools in Buddhism with regard to emptiness. Each evening will cover one of the four schools:

  • Vaibhashika
  • Sautrantika
  • Cittamatra
  • Madhyamaka

The teachings are based on the book Progressive Stages of Meditation on Emptiness by Khenpo Tsültrim Gyamtso Rinpoche and offer a profound insight into the different approaches of the individual schools that are practically related to meditation.

English with German translation.

 Course fee:

  • 72,- Euro (Standard)
  • 58,- Euro (reduced fee for members of the Karma Kagyü Association)
  • 180,- Euro (Sponsor price – to support the Institute)

Register now!

Online audio courses

These courses consist of the audio files of courses previously held at Kamalashila. They are an ideal opportunity for self-study at home.

The files are available online on our teaching platform OwnCloud, after paying the course fee you will get your online access. In addition to audio files, handouts are available in PDF format if used during the course.

Currently the following courses are available:

  • Medzinbuddha with Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye (English with German translation)
  • Tonglen practice with Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye (English with German translation)
  • Ngöndro teachings with Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi (English with German translation)
  • Bardo teachings with Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye (English with German translation)
  • Intensive Study Buddhism – Acharya Lama Kelzang Wangdi & Acharya Lama Sönam Rabgye (separate price, English or Tibetan with German translation)

Costs: 50 € per course (40 € for supporting members).
Special price for intensive studies, see here.

Registration for this via our office at office@kamalashila.de.

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Unfortunately, it is already foreseeable that the Kamalashila Institute will suffer a considerable loss of income due to the closure of the institute because of the coronavirus.

Every donation can help us to bring the institute through this difficult time!

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Our donation account:
Account holder: Karma Kagyu Community Germany – Tibetan Buddhist Religious Community
Bank: Bank for Social Economy AG
IBAN: EN04 3702 0500 0001 6542 01
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