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  • The Origin of Buddhism in India

    More than 2500 years ago the historic Buddha taught the four noble truths: The truth of suffering The truth of the origin of suffering The truth of the end of suffering The truth of the path to be free of suffering Since that time all Buddhist schools and traditions recognise four basic ideas or ”four seals“ which assure that Buddha’s original message remains genuine. All compounded things are impermanent All negatively motivated deeds involve suffering All perceptions and implementations achieve peace All phenomena are without an independent self In India the teachings about the path to perception and implementation developed … Next
  • Spreading of Buddhism to Tibet

    Every Buddhist teaching was transferred from India to Tibet in two stages: first by the Indian Padmasambhava (ca. 8th century) on whom the old tradition of the Nyingmapa is based, and then, around 300 years later, by Tibetans who had studied with Indian masters. Four main schools developed in Tibet, beside the Nyingmapa the Kadampa (later called Gelupka), Sakyapa and Kagyupa. Each of these teaching traditions is distinguished by its own synthesis of philosophical theories and their practical application in meditation. The whole canon (Kangyur and Tengyur) was very accurately translated into Tibetan. Typical for Tibetan Buddhism is the blending … Next
  • The Teaching of Buddha

    Founded by Buddha Shakyamuni about 2500 years ago Buddhism has become one of the big religions of the world. The goal of Buddhism is to unfold innate wisdom and innate compassion in all beings. To study, consider and contemplate Buddha’s teachings is the path, on which it happens  that due to concentration and relief love and compassion with all living beings get liberated, and which encounters other religions with respect and openness. Next
  • Prophecy of Guru Rinpoche as to the Incarnation of the Karmapas

    The following text is a facsimile copy from The Himalayan Voice of 1997: This is the prophecy of Guru Padmasambhava on the Karmapas found in the treasure of Chokgyur Dechen Lingpa (The Dharmaddipa, the Terchen, the most excellent among the realised master scholars). As told by him, Amitabha Buddha, the embodiment of boundless light who is also called the fourth Dhyani Buddha, Avalokitesvara who resided on the Potala mountain and Padmasambhava were all but one in different forms. Each of these identities were not separate things but are included in the cycle of the Dharma. Therefore, prophet Chokgyur Lingpa is … Next
  • Short History of the Karma Kagyu Community Germany e.V.

    In the 19th century a first interest was developing in Europe. Especially scholarly people began with the study of Buddhist culture and scriptures in British and French colonies in Asia. One of the first Germans studying Buddhism was the eminent philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer (1788-1860). His philosophic oeuvre is partly based on Buddhist philosophy and ethics. His work influenced other scholars and celebrities in German culture, e.g., the philosopher Friedrich Nitzsche (1844-1900) and the composer Richard Wagner (1813-1873) who are still accepted worldwide. In 1903 the first German, the violinist Florus Gueth, got ordained thus becoming a Buddhist monk. Under his … Next

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