17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje

The 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje is the head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage of Diamond Way Buddhism.

He was born in Tibet in 1983 and was able to escape from suppressed Tibet to freedom in India during spring 1994. He teaches frequently in our centers.



Lama Ole & Hannah Nydahl

Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah were the first western students of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. He asked them to teach Buddhism in the West. Lama Ole teaches his students about way and goal of Diamond Way Buddhism. With tenthousands of students around the world he is probably the most known Buddhist teacher and to date has established more than 600 Buddhist centers worldwide. Lama Ole has also asked more than 100 of his students to travel and teach Buddhism.


Schedule for 8th Karmapa course published!!

Dear All.

We are pleased to announce the schedule for the 8 Karmapa course in Karma Guen running from the 7th to 15th of September. Please refer to the detailed schedule for more details. To register for the course please proceed to the registration system.

We look forward to seeing you!

Looking forward to seeing you soon in Southern Spain.


The Karma Guen Team

Details about the ITAS Open Course 2015: Basic Tibetan Language

7-9 September 2015

ITAS, our institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, is offering a three-day intensive Tibetan language course.We are happy to offer a possibility to taste the Tibetan language.

During these three packed days, our lecturers and senior students will help you achieving your first step in studying Tibetan - reading the Tibetan script. This time, we set ourselves a bold goal – after just 3 days, everybody will be able to read a text in Tibetan and write down correct transcription in his or her own language!

The course is open to everybody interested and does not require individual preparations. It will be modelled upon the ITAS course daily schedule with inspiring classes and late night (voluntary) study-fun.

For students who attended the previous course and want to come, we prepare a special advanced programme.

Price:15€ per day (excluding meals and accommodation fees)

Course requirements: At least passive knowledge of English

Contacts: contact@itas-uni.eu


Karma Guen

In the Andalusian Mountains overlooking the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Zafarraya “Lions Gate” to the north, you will find the Diamond Way Buddhist Retreat Center Karma Guen. The astonishing mountains and landscape sets the perfect surroundings for the village originally named Aldea Alta.

For several centuries the village was home for more than a dozen families and a respected place hosting the school of the area. Being abandoned in the 1970´s Aldea Alta was bought by Dorrit and Pedro Gomez and turned into Karma Guen.

Buddhist Center Karma Guen

The Buddhist Center Karma Guen is one of 600 Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage. They were established by Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl according to the wishes of H.H. 16th Karmapa. The centers are under the patronage of H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje.

Our centers are friendly places where people get easy access to Buddha’s timeless wisdom, meditate together, share experiences and actively participate in the center activities. They are non-monastic and western in style, yet rooted in the lineage of oral transmission going back to the historical Buddha 2500 years ago.

We invite you to take a look at our regular program and come for one of our public meditation evenings without obligation if you are interested.

Events Worldwide


Mahamudra course with Lama Ole Nydahlmore information

March 13, 2015 to March 15, 2015


Las Vegas

“Holding the Highest View,” a seven-day course with Lama Ole Nydahl www.lasvegascourse.org

April 2, 2015 to April 6, 2015

Las Vegas/USA

South America

Meditation course in Uruguay

July 27, 2015 to August 9, 2015