Organizers: Tibetan Center in Cooperation with the Center of Buddhist Studies, University of Hamburg
The Tibetan Centre, established in 1977 by German Buddhists, imparts Buddhist teachings according to the Tibetan tradition. It provides opportunities for study and meditation. Since its foundation it has been under the patronage of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
The Tibetan Centre is known in Germany for its unique course, Systematic Study of Buddhism, inaugurated in 1988. This seven year course provides students with a deep understanding of Buddhist philosophy. Pursuit of this course of studies is compatible with work and family obligations. It is also available as a correspondence course supported by web-based distance learning.
Since 1996 the Tibetan Centre has operated a meditation house in the countryside, where meditation courses are offered under qualified guidance for beginners or advanced meditators .
The comprehensive program of events of the Tibetan Centre offers interested persons, including non-Buddhists as well as Buddhists at different levels of practice access to contemporary Buddhism as practiced in the context of the Tibetan tradition. Tibetan and Western teachers provide qualified guidance.
For the organization of the Dalai Lama visit in 2007 in Hamburg, the Tibetan Centre has established its own subsidiary, the Tibetisches Zentrum Event gGmbH. This is a non-profit, limited liability company for the organization of major events. It will manage the organization of the congress on behalf of the Tibetan Centre and the University of Hamburg .
The Centre for Buddhist studies (Zentrum für Buddhismuskunde - ZfB) of the University of Hamburg is an institution of the Asian-African-Institute (AAI) comprising the disciplines of Indian Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Chinese Studies, Thai Studies, Tibetan Studies and Vietnamese Studies.
ZfB was established in autumn of 2007 and promotes research on Buddhism. It strengthens Buddhist Studies at the University and makes scientific understanding of Buddhism available to the public. It is a unique institution in German-speaking countries.
The ZfB strengthens the curriculum of Buddhist studies at the University by offering additional courses. It focuses on Buddhism-oriented B.A. and M.A. degrees of the Asian-African-Institute and other institutions, it organizes special workshops, symposiums and the international Summer School at the University. The ZfB offers scholarships for students to complete their Master degrees and doctoral theses and plans to introduce MA courses in Buddhist Studies.
The ZfB further offers scholars from Germany and abroad the possibility to be associated with the university as a research fellowship in an intellectually stimulating research Buddhist studies environment. Fellows prusue their own research projects at the ZfB and may teach as well. At present, scholars from many different countries do research at the Center and hold these fellowships and participate in other activities at the university.