In English

Bodhi Path is an international organization of Buddhist centers founded and directed by the late 14th Shamar Rinpoche, who, along with the Gyalwa Karmapa, was a holder of the Karma Kagyu lineage. The Bodhi Path centers offer an open and non-sectarian access to Buddhism.
Shamar Rinpoche

Under the spiritual authority of the Karmapa and Shamarpa, Bodhi Path teachers provide instruction in meditation and philosophy, and guidance to learn and practice Buddhism.

The Bodhi Path curriculum is based on the teachings of Mind Training (Tibetan: Lojong), a profound system of contemplative practices that helps bring mindfulness, awareness and insight to our experiences, both on and off the meditation cushion.

The foundation of Mind Training is calm-abiding meditation (Tibetan: shiné, Sanskrit: shamatha) which helps to develop mental peace, stability, and focus.

With a calm mind comes the ability to practice insight meditation (Tibetan: lhaktong, Sanskrit: vipasyana), which involves analysis of mind’s true nature.
”Practitioners of meditation will experience two types of benefit. The first benefit is an immediate improvement of daily life.
The practice of meditation allows the mind to become more peaceful, calm and more relaxed. Once the mind is more relaxed, occurrences that would usually annoy us, appear to be less important.
Furthermore, step by step, through meditation the mind learns to become more independent from outer conditions and circumstances. A mind that is not influenced by outer conditions is capable of recognizing its own stability and calmness.
A stable mind – an undisturbed mind – experiences less suffering. These are the two immediate benefits arising from a regular meditation practice.”
- Shamar Rinpoche

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Shamar Rinpoche Mipham Choekyi Lodro (1952-2014) was the 14th Shamarpa or Red Hat Lama of Tibet.

The Karmapa, spiritual head of the Karma Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism, and the Shamarpa are considered to be two different manifestations of the one and same awakened being, also referred to in Tibetan as “Karmapa Sha Mar Nag” meaning The Black Hat and Red Hat Karmapas. Hence the responsibility of leading the second oldest school of Tibetan Buddhism rests equally on the Shamarpa. Since the passing away of the 16th Karmapa in 1981, Shamar Rinpoche was the head and principal lineage holder of the Karma Kagyu order of Buddhism.

He spent many years studying in India with Buddhist scholars. He began to travel and teach in various Buddhist centers throughout Asia and the west in 1980, and in 1996 organized the Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers.

On the morning of June 11th, 2014, the 14th Shamarpa, Mipham Chökyi Lodrö passed away at Bodhi Path Renchen Ulm, in Germany. 
For two days, Rinpoche remained in a state of meditative absorption (tukdam), during which he showed all of the traditional Buddhist signs of awakening. Shamar Rinpoche’s meditative absorption ended on the auspicious full moon day of Saga Dawa, a date that commemorates the birth, enlightenment, and parinirvāna of Gautama Buddha.

Rinpoche is the author of several books. In the most recent, The Path to Awakening, Shamar Rinpoche provides an extensive commentary on Chekawa Yeshe Dorje’s Seven Points of Mind Training.

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Bodhi Path Kuopio Meditation Group

Bodhi Path Kuopio is a small but growing meditation group. Weekly group meditations are held in the centre of Kuopio every Wednesday, at Aurinkosydän -salon (Puijonkatu 12) 18.00-19.00. Suggested donation 2€.

Every month’s first Wednesday is especially for the new persons - Welcome! Contact Kuopio:

Bodhi Path Helsinki Meditation Group

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