17th Karmapa attends 2023 Summer Course at the Europe Center

Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Karmapa, Nedo Kuchung Rinpoche, and Lama Ole Nydahl inaugurated the Enlightenment Stupa at the Europe Center.

Several thousand Buddhists from over 50 countries participated in the Diamond Way Buddhism Summer Course over a two-week period

This summer, Immenstadt im Allgäu was once again the meeting point for Diamond Way Buddhists from around the world. A special highlight of the two-week long course was the visit of Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Karmapa, the spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Over 50 years ago, his predecessor, the 16th Karmapa, had asked Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah, who passed away in 2007, to bring Diamond Way Buddhism to the West. Karmapa thanked Lama Ole for this, his life’s work, and praised his tireless activity for the Karma Kagyu lineage.

Sessions with Lama Ole Nydahl (left), Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Karmapa (center) and Nedo Kuchung Rinpoche (right) during the 2023 Diamond Way Buddhism Summer Course

Another highlight of the summer course was the inauguration of the Enlightenment Stupa with Karmapa. The construction of the stupa had begun in April and was led by Nedo Kuchung Rinpoche according to traditional guidelines. Rinpoche is a master of the Karma Kagyu lineage and teaches regularly at our centers around the world. 

Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Karmapa, Lama Ole Nydahl and Nedo Kuchung Rinpoche inaugurated the Enlightenment Stupa at the Europe Center during the Summer Course 2023

In addition to lectures, initiations, and sessions with Karmapa, Nedo Rinpoche and Lama Ole, our Traveling Teachers explained the basics of Buddhism and meditation practice in Diamond Way Buddhism. Traveling Teachers are experienced students who have been asked by Lama Ole to teach the basics of Diamond Way Buddhism.

Some of our friends who made the Summer Course possible through their volunteer work

The entire event was organized and carried out on a voluntary basis. Several hundred friends took part in our many teams and made sure that the course could take place.

Also check out the photo report on Karmapa’s website about his participation in the 2023 Summer Course: www.karmapa.org

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