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  • Buddhism

    Are you interested in “personally encountering the Buddha” and following the spiritual path described by him? If you are, then there are a few things you should know before you begin your journey. Buddhism is primarily a path on which you study, get to know, and train your own mind. It is a spiritual and not a religious path. The goal is self-knowledge rather than salvation, and freedom rather than a heavenly kingdom. Buddha’s path is based on rational thinking and analysis and on contemplation and meditation, the goal being to transform mere knowledge “about things” into knowledge that transcends … Next
  • Standard Business Terms

    The following Standard Business Terms govern all events (courses, seminars, retreats) of Kamalashila Institute commencing 1 January 2009. They govern the relationship between Kamalashila Institute as the organizer and the attendee from the time of valid registration. 1. Terms of Payment: The course fees stated in the published programme are due for payment at the time of registration and must be transferred (by bank transfer) by the attendee to the organizer. For courses taking place over more than one weekend, the attendee may be allowed to pay in instalments. 2. Rebates: The organizer may, in an individual case, reduce the … Next
  • FAQ

    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, … Next
  • Light Offerings & Pujas

    It is common in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries to perform various ceremonies and rituals at people’s request. This has now become a tradition in Kamalashila as well. We offer the following: Next
  • Our Office

    Do you have questions about our programme or about Kamalashila Institute? Would you like to make a suggestion? Then feel free to contact us! Next
  • How to Get Here

    Kamalashila Institute is located in the northern part of the German state Rheinland-Pfalz, in the so-called Vordereifel, at an altitude of around 550 metres. You can get here in the following ways: Next
  • Donate now!

    Many people already support Kamalashila Institute with their regular donations. Every donation is welcome, no matter how small. From the Buddhist perspective, it is not only the recipient who is blessed by the donation but the donator as well. One speaks in Buddhism of acquiring merit through positive actions. Donating allows you to consciously take part in designing the world you live in and to strengthen those areas that are especially important to your own life. If Kamalashila Institute with all it has to offer is important to you, then your donation is a good investment. You can use our … Next
  • Our Sangha

    The Pali or Sanskrit word “sangha” means something like “community” or “gathering”. In very general terms, the sangha means the community of all Buddhist practitioners who follow the Buddha’s path and the Buddha’s teachings (dharma). But often students of a particular master or institution will also refer to themselves as a sangha, which is then a more narrow meaning. In spiritual terms, the sangha is one of the so-called “three jewels” consisting of the Buddha, the dharma, and the sangha. Buddhist practitioners take refuge in these, which means they place themselves under the protection of them. One often hears of … Next
  • The Peace Stupa

    Stupas are prevalent building structures with a long tradition in the Buddhist world. They were originally grave mounds in pre-Buddhist times containing the remains of Indian rulers and from which a rod protruded that supposedly collected energy. The dome shape also symbolized the balance between all energies in the universe. The word stupa is derived from the Sanskrit word “stup”, which means something like “accumulating” or “collecting”. Buddha is said to have recommended the building of stupas, which is why there are so many of them in Tibet and in the rest of the Buddhist world. Since early Buddhist times, … Next
  • The Institute

    Kamalashila Institute was founded in 1981. It is one of the first Tibetan Buddhist centres in Europe and is the European seat of the Karmapa. The Karmapa is the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage. The 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, is one of the highest ranking lamas of Tibetan Buddhism. The spiritual director of Kamalashila Institute is Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, who himself grew up under the care of the 16th Karmapa. Although he lives in the USA and runs his own centre in Seattle, Rinpoche still visits us on a regular basis. Next
  • Services

    These pages contain general information round about your stay in Kamalashila Institute and about some of its other activities. Any further questions? Call us at +49 2655 9390-40. Or write us an e-mail to office@kamalashila.de Next
  • Our Vision

    The world we live in is getting smaller and people’s actions have tremendous impact. In the era in which we live people cannot get away with clinging to their beliefs. I don’t have any personal attachment or clinging to being a Buddhist. We need to step outside the boundaries of Buddhism and really go out and share the benefits of our Buddhist practice with the rest of the world. Next

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Books from all traditions, statues, thangkas, meditation cushions, malas, posters, singing bowls, incense, and much more for your dharma practice.

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