– Poesy by H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa sent to the people of Karma Guen, 1975


In the Southern World is a sacred place of Dharma where the New Sun is shinning.

The blessing of Dharma that was on the roof of the world they now realise.

May this same truth return to the land surrounded by snowcapped-mountains.

– Poesy by H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa sent to the people of Karma Guen, 1975


Program for SEP COURSE 2018 8th Karmapa

Upcoming events

New Year’s Course with Julie Fallon

December 29, 2018 - January 1, 2019

Reading Classical Tibetan 3 + Translation Workshop

January 18, 2019 - January 28, 2019

Nyungne Retreat – March 2019

March 7, 2019 - March 10, 2019

All events

Almost 900 years ago, the first consciously reborn Yogi of Tibet renowned as the “Knower of the Three Times” the great Karmapa Dusum Khyenpa was born. He established his main seat of activity in a remote place in the Kham region near Chamdo in Tibet, and gave it the name Karma Guen. Its beauty and power became famous for centuries and are still known today.

It was the vision and blessing of the great 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje through Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl, together with the devotion and generosity of Dorrit and Pedro Gomez, that gave birth to Karma Guen in Spain. Today this place stands well rooted in the western world holding the boundless activity of the Karma Kagyu lineage with the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje.
As one of over 700 Diamond Way Buddhist centers Karma Guen has become a place where friends from all over the world come together. At the big international summer courses thousands of people meet, and throughout the year the place offers smaller courses and individual meditation retreats.

As a unique function within the Diamond Way, Karma Guen also host several cultural and academic activities. The well known Study Courses and ITAS translator programme where started by Hannah Nydahl in 2003. These activities have then been joined by the Tibetan thanka painting school, the neuroscience project and Translating the 16 Karmapas.

Karma Guen has thus become a place where Diamond Way students from around the world not only come to meditate, but also a place where the Tibetan Buddhist tradition and modern academia and science meet.