The 17th Karmapa

Face and voice of 21st century Tibetan Buddhism visits Europe

It is with great joy that Buddhists and non-Buddhists alike await the arrival in Europe of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje.The young and charismatic leader of the Tibetan Buddhist Karma Kagyu school will visit Germany between 28th May and 9th June, 2014, on his first ever journey to Europe. The most important stops on this tour will be the European seat of the Karmapas in Langenfeld/Eifel, and the German capital, Berlin. The guiding theme of his fortnight-long programme is “The future begins now!”

During his German tour his programme will include both traditional Buddhist teachings and secular events concerning current social issues such as Buddhism and the environment, the significance of compassion in a globalised world, and an encounter with artists exploring the theme of freedom of thought. This youthful and charismatic Lama wants to address the young people of his own generation, in order to engender hope and faith in their future, at a time when the problems facing the world may often seem insurmountable and solutions rare.

The Karmapa is far from seeing himself as a religious missionary; rather he sees himself as a voice representing a source of ancient wisdom from the East in an intercultural dialogue with the modern world.

The 17th Karmapa is regarded by many as the future hope of the Tibetan people. He is venerated as the third most significant representative of Tibetan Buddhism, after the Dalai Lama and the Panchen Lama. Granted refugee status and hospitality by the Government of India, the 28-year old Karmapa lives in the immediate vicinity of the 14th Dalai Lama’s exile seat in Dharamsala, North India, and shares a very close relationship with the Tibetan spiritual leader . Fully supporting the Dalai Lama’s ‘middle way’ policy of keeping dialogue open with China, the Karmapa himself maintains an apolitical stance, taking no part in active politics. His focus, rather, is on how Buddhist principles such as wisdom, compassion and interconnectedness can be brought to bear on everyday life in the 21st century. He is critical of the culture of consumerism which dominates much of the world today, urging personal responsibility and active engagement for sustainability, and protection of the environment in light of climate change. He is an advocate of social justice and gender equality and a commentator on other pressing issues in society at large. Having heard of its reputation as an environmentally conscious country, he is especially eager to visit Germany. He is also looking forward to an exchange of views and experiences on major issues confronting society with members of other faiths, particularly Christian leaders. He hopes to exchange views and share experiences that could be beneficial for the daily lives of Tibetans, in exile as well as in Tibet itself.

Throughout the world, the Karmapa has attracted respect and support because he is known to be someone who walks the talk“, not only advocating change but taking active steps towards the realisation of his vision. He has spoken out frankly about the destruction of the environment and the effects of climate change in his homeland, urging the international community to work together to protect Tibet’s fragile environment, since at least a third of the world’s population depends on water from the Himalayan region. This active commitment earned him the title of Green Buddha’ when he visited the headquarters of the WWF in Washington in 2011.

As leader of one of the most important lineages in Tibetan Buddhism, the17th Karmapa embodies 900 years of tradition, yet his focus is increasingly set on the global challenges of the 21st century.


Contact: Email presse@karmapa-europe.de

International Quotes:
Times-Magazin: The World’s Next Top Lama, Karmapa Ugyen Trinley Dorje: the hip-hop lama ready to lead the
Tibetan struggle,
Times Asia: A rising Star,
GEO: Der neue Dalai Lama - Ein Erleuchteter in Ausbildung,
GEO: Der einzige Plan B der Tibeter
Le Monde: Le karmapa, le protégé du dalaï-lama,
WWF: The green Buddha
Cinema-Doku: Living Buddha

Ka r m a p a Fo u n d a t i o n Eu r o pE, 2 3 r uE d’ Ed i m b o u r g, 1 0 5 0 b r u s sEl s



HH the 17th Karmapa Ugen Trinley Dorjee's first visit of this year at LTWA

2014.04.18, Fri. H.H. 17th Karmapa Ugen Trinley Dorjee's first visit of this year at LTWA , 
escorted by Geshe Lhakdor la and G.S Ngawang Yeshi la.


Newsletter No4 - Ticket News | Kamalashila News!

Dear friends, sponsors and interested parties

Here are the news, that everybody has been waiting for!
The ticket sales start the upcoming Tuesday!
Thank you for your patience!


Ticket sales start on Tuesday

 WHEN?  Tuesday 22nd of April 2014 - 12:00 Uhr CET

 WHERE?  On our website www.karmapa-germany.de/en/tickets  

 HOW?  Via Credit-Card in an Online Ticket Shop

 will be available for 

 Kamalashila AND Berlin

New Event Location Kamalashila Institute®

The new event location is the - Bitburger Event-Center at the Nürburgring - only in 15 minutes driving distance from Kamalashila Institute®

Good News for travel, arrival and accommodation!

The change regarding our event location brings along good news for travel and arrival:
  • There are enough parking spaces! You can drive to our event location directly with your own car! 
  • Shuttle-Service for rail travelers to the nearest train station Mayen-Ost remains unchanged!
  • Shuttle-Service from Travel Agency Bell remains unchanged!
  • There are no more effects or repercussions regarding your accommodation!

Travel information will follow under Organisational.

New program sequence Kamalashila Institute

There is a new program sequence for H.H. Karmapa's talks at the Kamalashila Institute® / Nürburgring - due to the new event location. All teachings and empowerments remain part of the program!

The final program is available under www.karmapa-germany.de/en/program


Newsletter No3 - Berlin News! Spread the word!

Dear friends, sponsors and interested parties

News from Berlin!

Event location in Berlin

The event location in Berlin is the Estrel Hotel!

People who come for H.H. Karmapa’s teachings to Berlin will get a special prize for accommodation in this hotel . To make use of this offer please request the code via this email hotel-karmapa-berlin@bodhicharya.de.

Adress of event venue:

Estrel Berlin Hotel
Sonnenallee 225
12057 Berlin / Germany

Travel information you can find here: www.estrel.com/de/lage-anfahrt.html

Informations-Office Bodhicharya / Berlin

For information and answers concerning the events in Berlin, you can contact us:

By Email

By phone

Our office hours are set soon. For urgent questions, please feel free to call us:

Landline:  030 21239755
Mobile: 017690927009        
Mobile: 017690988482      

Translation in Berlin

There will be translation into the following languages
  • English
  • Chinese (by Ven. Khenpo Tengye)
  • Vietnamese (by Ven. Ehrw. Thich Hanh Tan)
If other languages will be offered for translation, we will update the info on our website.

Monks and Nuns in Berlin

Accommodation for ordained

If you are a monk or nun in search for free accommodation, please write to: ordained-karmapa-berlin-2014@bodhicharya.de

Provide accommodation for ordained

If you want to provide an accommodation for ordained monks and nuns from 4th till 9th of April, please write to: ordained-karmapa-berlin-2014@bodhicharya.de

We will contact you as soon as possible. Thank you!


 Just a little more patience  The Final preparations are happening right now! Thank you for your patience!

 Info follow soon via this newsletter!  


Newsletter No2 - Online Donation now possible!

Dear friends, sponsors and interested parties

This is the second edition of our official newsletter for Karmapa 2014 in Europe. We have some news:

Content of this newsletter:

Online Donations are now possible on our website

Donate online now - for the visit of H.H. Karmapa in Europe 2014

>> Online Donations via PayPal
Comfortably from your computer or smart phone.


The costs for this upcoming event cannot be covered by ticket sales alone. Organizing such a big event is a big challenge. The organizers are not working profit-oriented, but rather to cover the costs. Therefore we are dependent on donations.

Your donations help...

  • to keep the tickets at a moderate price level
  • to cover the costs for travel, transport, accommodation and board of H.H. Karmapa and his attendants.
  • to cover the costs for security, ticketing, technology and administration of the event.
In this way you help H.H. Karmapa and support his activities, teachings and talks in Europe. Please donate today for this historic first visit of H.H. Karmapa in Europe.

Any amount is gratefully received.


Torma: The Ancient Art of Tibetan Butter Sculpture

Executive Producer and Director: 
The 17TH Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje


"TORMA" written in calligraphy by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa



Photo by HH the 17th Karmapa

In order to adequately care for the complex needs we humans have, ultimately what is needed is to be able to see into their inner dispositions and aptitudes. For this, nothing short of omniscience is required.

However, His Holiness cautioned that we ought not to think that omniscience implies achieving a lofty birds-eye view of the world, or the ability to determine the exact number of insects on the planet at any given moment. Rather, omniscience is directly related to benefiting others.

As such, the Gyalwang Karmapa suggested that we can aspire to attain a sort of omniscience within this life—an omniscience in which we come to know all the necessary topics, or know all that is directly needed to serve the purposes at hand.

(Photo by HH the 17th Karmapa)