your stay / our offer

Our retreat center offers:
- Lectures and courses to all those who are interested in Diamondway Buddhism
- The possibility for meditation retreats for practitioners of the Karma Kagyü lineage

The center is operated by the Karma Kagyü Foundation (an umbrella organization of the Karma Kagyü/Diamondway Centers of German speaking Switzerland) and supported by many volunteers from neighboring countries as well as the rest of Switzerland. 

Our goal is to foster access to Buddhist teachings and the practice of the Buddhist Diamondway (Sanskrit: Vajrayana) to laymen.
You may contact us by e-mail at or In case you do not receive our confirmation within one week, please call us at +41 (0)55 611 21 31.

Our lectures and courses are open to anyone interested in Buddhism. Our Saturday lectures are particularly well suited for newcomers (except the Dharma weekends that start on Friday). Lectures and explanations on basic and fundamental Buddhist topics start at 20.15 h and are followed by a group meditation (in German).

*** Single or couple retreats (open, half-open or closed) are exclusively for lay practitioners of the Karma Kagyü Lineage. Who have been practicing meditation for some time already and who regularly visit one of our Kagyu Buddhist centers.

Forms of retreats:
• Single or couple retreats (open, half open or closed retreats) ***
• Group or Center retreats
• Once a month, we have a retreat weekend where we meditate together (each practicioner doing his or her individual practice, though)

• Meditation course
• Weekend course with one of our Western Dharma teachers
• Swiss summer course with Lama Ole Nydahl
• Study course

Elephant club (3-12 year old kids):
Regular child care at courses or retreat weekends
Details see under “Events”

Further possibilities for practitioners of the Karma Kagyu Lineage
• Mandala days for centers / regions
• Host weekends
• Working group meetings / strategy meetings

Upcoming Events

  • 8th Karmapa Retreat with Steve James (in english)

    Thu-Sun, February 22-25: Explanations, questions and answers, meditations. Prior condition: ngöndro finished - begin thursday evening 20.15 h, end Sunday afternoon - entire retreat Fr. 70.– (without meals and accomodation) - lectures in english. Sat, Feb 24th, 20.15h: Steve James: lecture "Guru Yoga" – practice on the Lama - Fr. 12.– (lecture for everybody, also those who do not practice 8th Karmapa meditation yet. - host: Zürich center


Buddhistisches Retreat- und Seminarzentrum Amden der Karma Kagyü Linie Bellevue  |  CH-8873 Amden  |  Tel. +41-55-611 21 31  |  Fax +41-55-611 24 36 |   |  zur Anmeldung & Reservation         

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