Renchen Ulm Center
Shamar Rinpoche had the wish to open a Bodhi Path Center close to Strasbourg and this wish is fulfilled in a wonderful way with the object in Renchen-Ulm.
The house became the first European Bodhi Path Center and was inaugurated by Lama Jigme Rinpoche on the 5th March 2006. It is now the European Seat of Shamar Rinpoche and is thus guided by him directly.
What is Bodhi Path?
Bodhi Path is an international organization of Buddhist centers founded by and under the direction of Shamar Rinpoche (also known as Shamarpa). The Bodhi Path centers offer an open and non-sectarian access to Buddhism.
Under the guidance of Shamar Rinpoche, our teachers provide instruction in Buddhist meditation and philosophy and provide guidance for our Buddhist practice.
Who is the Shamarpa?
Shamar Rinpoche is the 14th Shamarpa, or Red Hat Lama of Tibet. He was born in 1952 and spent many years in India studying with Buddhist scholars. In 1980, he began to travel and teach in various Buddhist centers throughout Asia and the West. He organized the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers in 1996.
Rinpoche is the author of several books.
Open to all
Each individual determines his or her own level of commitment. While participation in some practices and ceremonies requires deeper commitments, each center offers a range of activities and opportunities to learn and practice that require no commitment.
Guided meditation is taking place daily from Monday to Thursday at 8pm and is open to all.
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Our beloved teacher and founder of the Bodhi Path Organization, Künzig Shamar Rinpoche, the 14th Shamarpa, entered parinirvana here at his European seat on June 11 in 2014. This year the setting for the three days of prayer ceremonies (Drubcho), which are provided in honor of Shamar Rinpoche, is different - due to the situation around covid19. We are very sorry that therefore the pujas cannot take place here in the center this year. But fortunately Lama Yeshe Sangmo and…Find out more »
A Nyungne-retreat is a buddhist practice that helps to purify negative imprints in the mind (Karma) and build up merit and wisdom at the same time. One Nyungne means 2 1/2 days of practice, for which one takes certain vows, which include silence and fasting as well as the attitude of Bodhicitta and the recitation of the puja of the 1000-armed Chenrezi, the Buddha of compassion. This course includes 2 Nyungnes – but it is as well possible to only…Find out more »
According to Shamar Rinpoche's guideline for the Bodhi Path Centers, the core of the curriculum is mind-training, which is presented in a very profound yet accessible way in Rinpoche’s books Path to Awakening and Boundless Wisdom. For the core of the lojong practice, the 7 points of mind-training specifically, Rinpoche stressed on studying the A Concise Lojong Manual, by the 5th Shamar Rinpoche, Konchok Yenlak (1526-1583). It is a deceptively small book but contains all the pith points of the subject in an applicable manner. With the…Find out more »
Lama Jampa Thaye will continue his excellent explanations about the text 'The Rays of the stainless Vajra Moon’, composed by Jamgon Kongtrul Lodrö Thaye. This profound work is a guide to meditation on the view of Zhentong through which one realizes that the essential nature of mind is the Buddha nature itself. The course will include guidance on the text, periods of meditation and space for questions and answers. Lama Jampa Thaye is a scholar and meditation master, educated in…Find out more »
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