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The Power of Compassion: Karmapa Begins His Second European Teaching Tour

2015.08.27
Bonn, Germany – 27th August, 2015

Just over a year since His Holiness the 17th Karmapa’s first visit to Europe, students gathered from across the continent to join him in Bonn on his second visit. The venue chosen for this year’s teachings was the Maritim Hotel’s grand theatre-like auditorium which lent itself well to the atmosphere of a second-year reunion. As Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche, Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, Chime Rinpoche, Tanpai Gyaltsen Rinpoche, Lama Yeshe Losal Rinpoche, Lama Gyurme and other dignitaries took their seats in the front row, the ample space filled with the joyful buzz of the 1,300 people eager to hear this first teaching of the tour.

The theme for this, the Karmapa’s second visit to Germany, is “Love, Compassion, Rejoicing and Equanimity: Without Limit.” Inaugurating the teaching series, the Gyalwang Karmapa offered two sessions today devoted to the practice of Chenrezig, as part of the cultivation of the four immeasurable thoughts mentioned in the theme.

He immediately drew his audience into the Read the rest of this article

The 17th Karmapa Arrives at Kamalashila

2015.08.26
26th August, 2015 – Langenfeld, Germany
Mid-afternoon, His Holiness arrived at the Kamalashila Institute in Langenfeld, a small town set in the German countryside of Eifel, south of Cologne. He will spend one night here on his way to Bonn, where he will give Buddhist teachings, empowerments and hold audiences for his European students, in addition to giving two public talks.

A traditional golden procession, headed by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche, the Karmapa’s representative in Europe, received His Holiness and escorted him in his car into the institute. Nuns, monks and laypeople carried auspicious victory banners. Lamas blew Tibetan trumpets and beat their drums, and a monk walked beside the car, holding aloft the great golden parasol which symbolises royalty. Once within the grounds, the 17th Karmapa was welcomed warmly by Dzogchen Pönlop Rinpoche and Horst Rauprich, president of the Karma Kagyu Gemeinschaft, the German organisation which has sponsored and organised this His Holiness’ second visit to Europe.

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The Karmapa Visits the Bodhicharya Center

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June 5, 2014 Berlin, Germany

On this sunny morning, the Karmapa and his entourage drove down Kintzigstrasse in the former East Berlin to pay a visit to the Bodhicarya center, founded by Ringu Tulku Rinpoche. The wood fence lining the street outside the center is decorated with colorful drawings of the eight auspicious symbols, which lead up to the main gate. Its doors are opened wide to reveal a vista of the countryside hidden in this corner of Berlin. Winding paths lined with grasses and flowers wend their way past red brick, single-story buildings to the tall meditation hall at the back of the property. On top are special rooms for the Karmapa including a balcony with a view of the gardens and the surrounding area.

The architect Inka Drohn tells the history of this place:

“The land is protected as an historical site because it testifies to the shift from rural to urban architecture. The surrounding buildings are tall with many stories, but these are very small buildings, collected like a loose settlement with a lot of Read the rest of this article

The 17th Karmapa’s heart advice for a meaningful life


Estrel Convention Centre, Berlin
7.30pm, 5th June, 2014

A crowded hall greeted the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, when he arrived shortly after 7.30pm this evening to deliver his first public address here in Berlin at the Estrel Convention Center. A few minutes earlier, Ringu Tulku, the 17th Karmapa’s Representative in Europe, had taken the stage in order to quieten the excited hubbub in the hall. For the majority of European disciples awaiting his arrival, this was their first opportunity to see him in the flesh. Only twenty-eight years old, Ogyen Trinley Dorje heads the 900 year old Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, and is already viewed as an authoritative spiritual leader for the 21st century.

The Karmapa’s first ever trip to Europe coincides with Sagadawa, the holiest month in the Tibetan calendar, when Buddhists commemorate and honour the life of Shakyamuni Buddha. As Buddha’s birthday fell on 5th June this year in some traditions, Ringu Tulku reminded everyone that the first day of the teaching in Berlin was particularly auspicious. Tibetans believe that the merit of any good deeds that you perform during this month is Read the rest of this article

The Karmapa Meets the Villagers of Langenfeld

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June 1, 2014, Kamalashila Institute, Langenfeld, Germany

Kamalashila Institute came to Langenfeld in 1999 when it purchased the monastery of the White Fathers, a Christian order of monks whose mission in Africa was to train their followers in various crafts. Their building had been empty for many years, and the village was concerned to have the right people purchase it. So before approving the sale to Kamalashila, the village council sent members to the Institute’s previous location to speak with its neighbors, who gave favorable feedback, and so the sale went through.

Kamalashila opened with a grand ceremony, presided over by Thrangu Rinpoche, Tenga Rinpoche, and many lamas; it was made festive by the performance of the Twenty-One Tara Dances and the rich pageantry of the Tibetan Buddhist rituals. On this day, the doors were opened wide to the villagers, who were all invited to come, and this inaugurated a positive relationship with the village that continues to this day.

The citizens of Langenfeld are Rhinelanders, Read the rest of this article