• The Heart Essence of Dharma: Become a Catalyst for Good in the World

    Bodhicharya Centre,
    Berlin, Germany–September, 2015

    More than 350 people comprising representatives of Bodhicharya centres across Europe, members and supporters of the Berlin centre, and invited guests crowded into the main shrine room to greet the 17th Karmapa on this his final teaching engagement during his second visit to Europe. A distant sound of Tibetan gyalin announced his arrival at...

  • The Commonality of Human Beings: 17th Karmapa Visits Karma Tengyal Ling

    Menz, Germany–5th September, 2015

    Prior to his first journey to Europe in May 2014, the 17th Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje expressed his aspiration that he could continue the work begun by his predecessor, the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. On Friday, during his second journey to Europe, the Karmapa was finally able to visit a Karma Kagyu Buddhist centre 70 km northwest of Berlin, Karma...

  • Karmapa Thanks Kamalashila Institute

    Kamalashila Institute, Langenfeld–4th September, 2015
    In a short farewell ceremony for staff and volunteers in the shrine room at the Kamalashila Institute, the 17th Karmapa thanked everybody on behalf of himself and his entourage. Christof, the German translator, was ready and waiting, but His Holiness light-heartedly grabbed both microphones in his hands and began speaking directly in English.


  • The Importance of Retreat

    Karma Tekchen Yi Ong Ling Retreat Centre Halscheid – 2nd September, 2015

    On Wednesday afternoon, the 17th Karmapa made his first visit to Halscheid to bless Karma Tekchen Yi Ong Ling retreat centre. Situated just outside the small village of Halscheid in the Windeck region of Germany, the centre is run by the German Karma Kagyu Gemeinschaft under the spiritual guidance of the Karmapa’s senior...

  • The Role of Religion in the 21st Century: The 17th Karmapa Engages in Inter-Faith Dialogue and Prayer for World Peace

    St. Quirinus, Langenfeld–1st September, 2015
    On 30th August in the evening, the 17th Karmapa left Bonn and returned to the Kamalashila Institute in Langenfeld. The following evening he joined the villagers for a special event at the parish church of St. Quirinus. This was his second visit to Langenfeld parish church. He first visited the church in May 2014, and at that time promised the priest,...

  • Final Teaching in Bonn: Finding Satisfaction in Simplicity

    Bonn, Germany – 30 August, 2015

    For his final public talk during his trip to Europe, His Holiness the Karmapa opened by expressing his hope that the audience felt satisfied with the time that they had shared together. His comment came at the end of four consecutive days of Dharma teachings, public talks, audiences and empowerments, and he pointed out that this was a longer period of time than...