Weekend courses

Our weekend courses gives you the opportunity to deal more intensively with practical and essential topics from the Buddhist tradition. Each course is taught by long-time meditators and qualified teachers and opens new perspectives and positive boost for your everyday life.

Enjoy this weekend in the beautiful surroundings of Tharpaland KMC and return to your everyday life inspired and refreshed!

Christmas course: Kindling a light in our hearts. Meditations on the healing power of love and wisdom

with Gen-la Kunsang

24. – 27. Dezember

If possible, the course will take place on site – but in any case (also) online.

It is our wisdom and our good heart that gives us and others peace. Where they are, it becomes light. At this special Christmas course you will learn to (re)light the light of wisdom and love in you and to carry it within you using proven meditations from the Buddhist tradition. And to be prepared for the new year. The emphasis is on the practice of taking and giving.

“A good heart is the actual method to solve our inner problems – problems of ignorance, oppression, sadness and anger – and the actual method to help others in practical ways”. (Ven. Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche)

Gen-la Kelsang Kunsang is the national spiritual director of Italy, Austria and Switzerland.

She has been a close student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche for more than 25 years. During this time she travelled the world to teach meditation and explaining Buddha’s teachings. She has won the admiration and affection of many students through her loving kindness and her exceptionally pure example of a modern Kadampa practitioner. Her teachings are powerful and clear. She is also the Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Centre Edinburgh.

An alternative Christmas course for all those who want to spend this time of the year a little differently.
24.12. | 16:00 Introduction| 18:00 Supper | 20:00 Session
25.12. | 11:00 Session | 13:00 Christmas lunch | 16:00 Session | 20:00 Session
26.12. | 11:00 Session | 13:00 Lunch| 15:00 Biscuit & Coffee | 16:00 Session | 20:00 Session
27.12. | 11:00 Session | 13:00 Lunch

All inclusive prices from 165 – 318€

course fee:
Course fee Christmas Eve: 10€, 25. and 26.12.20: 25€ per day, 27.12.20: 15€.
Online participation: see course fee

Overnight stay:
Single room: 59€ pPpN
Double room: 45€ pPpN (please indicate the person with whom you share the room)
Shared room (4 single beds): 31€ pPpN
Dormitory (bunk beds): 17€ pPpN (please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillows and fitted sheets are provided).

Plus breakfast 3€, lunch 6€, dinner 4€.

For participants with a Tharpaland KMC and KMC Berlin centre card, the maximum course fee of 50€ is not applicable.

Teaching skills

25. – 27. Juni

Venerable Geshe-la says in his Instructions for Teaching, “The source of our daily problems are delusions such as attachment. We should think, ‘I am only one person, but other living beings are countless. My personal suffering is the problem of one person, which is trivial compared to the suffering and problems of countless other beings. Therefore, I must permanently liberate others from their suffering by giving them the highest medicine of Dharma, Buddha’s teachings. Through this kind of thought we should encourage ourselves to become a supreme spiritual teacher like Buddha Vajradhara.'” The course is public, anyone can join. It consists of teaching, meditation and discussion. With Gen Ananda

Gen Kelsang Ananda is the Resident Teacher of the Tharpaland Kadampa Meditation Center (KMC) near Berlin. He is a modern Buddhist monk and highly experienced teacher of the New Kadampa Tradition. He has been engaged in the study and practice of Kadampa Buddhism for 23 years under the guidance of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. He is also Resident Teacher at Kadampa Meditation Center Berlin and National Spiritual Director of the New Kadampa Tradition for Germany.

Gen Ananda has many years of experience teaching Buddha’s teachings of Sutra and Tantra. He is known for his good heart, deep practical understanding and accessibility.

Session times (1-1.5h):

20:00 – Introduction

09:00 – 1st session
11:30 – 2nd session
16:00 – 3rd session
19:30 – 4th session

9:00 – 1st session
11:30 – 2nd session

Friday: from Schwante station to Tharpaland at 17:30.
Sunday: from Tharpaland to Schwante station at 13:50.

German (English translation available on request)

Tharpaland KMC is a Buddhist meditation center. Therefore all courses are organized and supervised by volunteers. For this reason it is common that each participant is invited to help with certain tasks such as cutting vegetables, doing the dishes, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 6 pm with dinner. Feel free to arrive as early as 16:30 to get settled and have a look around. The retreat ends on Sunday noon after lunch at about 2 pm.


Premium single room: 52€ per person per night
Single room: 44€ pPpN
Double room: 60€ per room (please indicate the person with whom you share the room)
Shared room (4 single beds): 25€ pPpN
Dormitory (bunk beds): 17€ pPpN (please bring your own sleeping bag and towel (pillows and fitted sheets are provided).

Plus the course fee of 25€ per day for a guided course.

Plus meals: Breakfast 3€, lunch 6€, dinner 4€ breakfast included.

For participants with a Tharpaland KMC and KMC Berlin center card, the course fee of 25€ per day is not applicable for (Saturday / Sunday).

Without accommodation: 60€ (plus meals).

Online Live Stream: 70€

The course starts on Friday evening at 6pm with dinner. You are welcome to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and have a look around. The course ends on Sunday at noon after lunch around 2 pm.