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The History of the Buddhist Community
Karma Tengyal Ling in brief

In 1977 the head of the Karma-Kagyu Tradition, the 16th Karmapa, visited West-Berlin. On the occasion of his visit he founded the institution with the name

Tibetan Monks visiting KTL

KTL, Berlin Oranienstraße, 1983 

"Karma Tengyal Ling" (that means: the place, which leads you to the victory over your own ignorance) in Berlin. In 1984 the association with this name was founded. It had the aim, to find a suitable place for the transmission of the entire Buddhist doctrine, teachings and the methods of the Karma-Kagyu-tradition in particular. At the beginning rooms in Berlin were rented and a provisional shrine-room with different Buddha-statues, texts (Kangyur and Tengyur), ritual devices and musical instruments was established. In the year 1992 an own estate in Stechlin-Menz, OT Ludwigshorst could be bought.


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The 16th Karmapa and the 3rd Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche 1977 in Berlin (Tegel)