Teaching Skills Course

  March 6 – 8

Venerable Geshe-la says in his teaching instructions, “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 relieve others of 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.


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 studying and practicing 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, washing up, cleaning up etc.

Start and end of the retreat:
The retreat begins on Friday evening at 6pm with dinner. You are welcome to arrive as early as 16:30 to settle in and look around. The retreat ends on Sunday noon after lunch at about 2 pm.




Premium single room: 55€ per person per night
Single room: 47€ pPpN
Double room: 65€ per room (please indicate the person with whom you share the room)
Shared room (4 single beds): 32€ pPpN
Dormitory (bunk beds): 20€ 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: 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 waived for (Saturday / Sunday).

Without overnight stay: 60€ (plus meals).

The course starts on Friday evening at 6pm with dinner. You are welcome to arrive at 16:30 to get settled and have a look around. The course ends on Sunday noon after lunch at about 14:00.