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The 17th Karmapa at the Nürburgring

The young and charismatic seventeenth Karmapa, Ogyen Trinley Dorje, one of the most important representatives of Tibetan Buddhism after the Dalai Lama, came to visit the Kamalashila Institute® in Langenfeld/Eifel, his headquarters in Europe, as part of his first and thus historic trip to Europe from 28 May to 2 June. 

During this period, he taught at the nearby Nürburgring. The Bitburger Event-Centre was specially converted into a kind of Tibetan Buddhist temple, including an impressive, multi-tiered stage in blue and red, adorned with a big thanka - a Tibetan scroll painting – depicting the Buddha. 

It could be seen that the Nürburgring provides ideal conditions for such an event. Thanks to a close cooperation between the Nürburgring’s event management team and the Lindner Congress & Motorsport Hotel, sufficient facilities were available for the Karmapa, as well as for large group audiences, VIP and assistant areas and sales booths. The ring°boulevard housed a special catering area for the participants. The 1,500 visitors were quite impressed. The Karmapa too enjoyed the special atmosphere at the Nürburgring and gladly accepted the invitation to visit the drivers’ paddock during the Historic Trophy of classic cars and watch the race for a bit. 

The Nürburgring provided an attractive setting for the Karmapa’s intention of adapting the Buddhist teachings of wisdom to the times and the needs of people in the 21st century. 



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