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Ganden Chökhor is a Chod and Meditation Centre for the promotion of Tibetan Buddhist culture in the Swiss Alps. Our centre conforms to the recommendations of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and as a place of retreat is open to all traditions of Buddhism and all interested parties. We organize courses and events on various topics for beginners and advanced students.

We are fortunate to welcome top-class lecturers from all over the world who work together with our course participants at the interface between Eastern and Western culture. Besides classical Buddhist topics such as Lam Rim, Philosophy and Vajrayana, there is a special focus on Chod Meditation. Lama Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche, the spiritual director of the center, holds all major transmission lines of this practice.

With various yoga, philosophy and meditation courses, there is also a wide range of secular courses for those interested in every belief tradition.

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Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche

The Rinpoche from Eastern Tibet Lodrö Tulku Lobsang Champa Khedup Namgyal Rinpoche was born in 1942 in Eastern Tibet and was confirmed as Tulku at the age of three. He is the fifth Tulku of a line of masters, who dedicated themselves above all to the study and practice of … Read more

Chöd – cutting off the concepts

Chöd is a living Buddhist heritage. The practice was founded almost a thousand years ago in ancient Tibet on the basis of Buddhist teachings, but it is still valid today. Machig Labdrön Machig Labdrön was born in Tibet in the 11th century of our era. She was an exceptionally gifted … Read more

The House

Waldhotel Pradaschier The Waldhotel Pradaschier can look back on an eventful history of more than 100 years. Built around 1900 as a health resort, it served during the Second World War as a military accommodation and as a children’s home, followed by a holiday camp. In the 1990s, it was … Read more

Introductory courses

Our course program offers various approaches to the different subject areas of Buddhist teaching, as well as courses on various non-Buddhist topics. The following events are suitable for those interested in an introduction to the fundamentals of Buddhist philosophy, meditation and wisdom of life.


Dharma shop at Ganden Chökhor Welcome in our dharma shop! The shop is available for the guests of the centre and can visited during our courses. Books and recordings We sell Tibetan Buddhist writings as well as audio and video recordings of Lama Lodrö Rinpoche published in German by Bhikshu … Read more

Bhikshu Mati Foundation

In order to preserve as a unit the Tibetan-Buddhist cultural heritage collected by Venerable Lama Lodrö Rinpoche in the form of texts, religious objects, Thankas, etc., a foundation was established under the supervision of the federal authorities. The purpose of the foundation is to act as a vessel for these … Read more

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Michael Hamilton

Sacred Space – course is postponed

2. April, 18:00 - 5. April, 14:00

The yearning to create a sacred practice space that cultivates the warm embrace of community is one of the three foundations of practice in the Buddhist traditions and forms the corner stone for the development of further practice. The weekend will be an opportunity to practice yoga and meditation together, connect and support each other ... Read more

Ehrw. Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche

Chod introduction to the wensa chod lineage – is carried out via livestream

17. April, 18:00 - 26. April, 14:00

The Wensa Chöd practice is from the collection of Manjushri, after a very secret practice of Lama Tsongkhapa. She was transferred by Lama Tsongkhapa, with a few masters in between, to the great master Gyelwa Ensapa Losang Döndrup, the 1st Panchen Rinpoche, and was called Wensa Chöd. Chöd is a unique holistic training system within ... Read more

Ven. Chamtrul Rinpoche

The six bardos – course is postponed

1. May, 12:00 - 3. May, 14:00

Bardo is a Tibetan word, the first syllable, bar, means “in between”; the second syllable, do, means “two.” So together, they mean “place in between two.” The 6 Bardos, also called the 6 intermediary states, are the bardo of birth, the bardo of meditation, the bardo of dreams, the bardo of death, the bardo of ... Read more

H.E. Loden Sherab Dagyab Kyabgön Rinpoche

Vajrayana with H.E. Loden Sherab Kyabgön Dagyab Rinpoche

20. May, 18:00 - 24. May, 14:00

2. Part of the Bari Lotsawa Empowerment Cycle more Infos will follow

Nicole Spencer & Michel Manser

Relax & Rejuvenate Yoga Retreat (Hatha Yoga, Yin Yoga)

11. June, 18:00 - 14. June, 14:00

Yoga Heart Weekend Yoga Retreat 2020 Come with us for an unforgettable weekend and experience how powerful a short break with yoga in the mountains can be. Letting go with like-minded people and do good is one of the most important things. In a peaceful and restful atmosphere we practice yoga and meditation. A longer ... Read more

Lama Rigzin Drolma/Anne C. Klein

Wisdom Dakini Yeshe Tsogal

14. July, 18:00 - 19. July, 15:00

Herzessenz Dzogchen teachings (DZOGCHEN NYINGTHIG) Treasure texts, unveiled by Adzom Paylo Rinpoche YESHE TSOGYAL A basic practice of the wisdom dakini (Recently revealed) Wisdom is the essence of Dakini. Each line of this practice opens up a facet of the jewel of its presence. This practice is complete and simple, it reflects the power of ... Read more

S.E. Gyaltsab Choekyi Nangpa Rinpoche

Ngondro part four – Mandala offering – according to the Jonang tradition 2nd part Initiation/Commentary Kalachakra with 9 Deities

29. July, 18:00 - 5. August, 14:00

  To our great joy, S.E. Gyaltsab Chökyi Nangpa Rinpoche will continue the ngondro commentary in the first part in July / August 2020 and will give the Kalachakra 9 deity initiation in the second part, as well as a short commentary on the practice. S.E. Gyaltsab Chökyi Nangpa Rinpoche is currently the head of ... Read more

H.E. the 11th Lelung Rinpoche

Dependent arising – understanding emptiness

12. August, 18:00 - 16. August, 14:00

In his praise, "To Praise Dependent Arising," Tsongkhapa expresses his extraordinary appreciation in poetic form that the Buddha was kind enough to teach the doctrine of dependent arising / emptiness that has all of these extraordinary qualities. One of Tsongkhapa's greatest insights was his understanding of the fact that emptiness means dependent arising and dependent ... Read more

Ehrw. Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche

2. Chod Monlam in Ganden Chökhor

28. August, 18:00 - 6. September, 14:00

Chöd - Tschö - separation of negativity Mönlam - a feast of prayers The focus is on the profound Chöd practice with its altruistic and healing prayers and the desire to bring out the best for the benefit of all living beings and to remember the wisdom of charity - the foundation of all good ... Read more

Ven. Jigme Thrinley Rinpoche

Death, dying and beyond – from the Tibetan Buddhist perspective

18. September, 18:00 - 20. September, 14:00

One thing we will all face in our lives is the death of our loved ones; friends and ultimately the realization will dawn that we, too, must pass away from this life. As Buddha said: death is certain, but how or when we will die is uncertain. Join us for this very special retreat, where ... Read more

Ven. Lama Kuensang

Milarepa – Master of the yogis

2. October, 18:00 - 4. October, 14:00

Milarepa (1052-1135) has become known as one of the greatest yogis in Tibet. Jetsün Milarepa reached enlightenment in one life. His life story and the „Hundred Thousand Chants“ are highlights of Tibetan literature and spiritual thinking and are an essential inspiration for practitioners. Venerable Lama Kunsang will teach us about Milarepa practice, which we will ... Read more

Ven. Lodro Tulku RInpoche

Tara Cittamani – Introduction in Practice and Meditation – Birthday Lodrö Rinpoche

23. October, 18:00 - 31. October, 14:00

Extraordinary instructions to practice the green, female Buddha Tara Cittamani with 21 Taras The transmission, as well as the instructions of this rare and extraordinary Tara meditation practice comes from the Gelugpa lineage and is based on the verbal instructions of Tara herself to the great master Gargyi Sangpo Taghpu Dorje Chang. Through her profoundity ... Read more

Amchi Ranbee

Medicine Buddhas Meditation

6. November, 18:00

Traditional Tibetan Medicine Lecture Weekend Traditional Tibetan Medicine (TTM) assumes that the three body fluids wind, bile and mucus flow in the canals, which provide the body with blood, vitamins, hormones and minerals, among other things. The body is made up of the elements fire, earth, water, wind and space. If one of these elements ... Read more

Katharina Bogner

Yoga, Meditation – Silence

20. November, 18:00 - 24. November, 14:00

Mountain retreat Katharina Bogner appreciates Ganden as a retreat at the beginning of winter. The atmosphere at this place is unique and very suitable to leave everyday life behind for a few days and immerse yourself in the simplicity of the mountains. So the days will take the rhythm of meditation, asana (positions) & breath. ... Read more

Ven. Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche

Geisel retreat, Yoga of the Nam Chö Tradition or heavenly Dharma

9. December, 18:00 - 13. December, 14:00

The Gegsel exercises from Tibetan Buddhism combine dynamic movements with the visualization of certain germ syllables and the use of controlled breathing. These powerful exercises address subtle areas where there are often blockages. They help us to let go of stress and built-up emotions in the upper body and shoulder area.

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Ven. Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche – INTRODUCTION TO THE WENSA CHOD LINEAGE 17.4. – 26.4.2020

By ruthflaviu | 19. March 2020

Ven. Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche INTRODUCTION TO THE WENSA CHOD LINEAGE – is carried out via livestream Friday 17. April 2020, 18:00 Uhr – Sunday 26. April 2020, 14:00 Uhr; 9 daysCourse language: English , Translation to: Deutsch Due to the Corona Virus, the course cannot be held in Ganden Chökhor. But there is the possibility … Read more

Livestream for everyone in the here and now

By Dimitri Gassmann | 13. March 2020

Livestream for everyone in the here and now In times of the “Corona Virus Crisis” Due to the current situation, the courses planned for April in Ganden Chökhor will be postponed. The house is closed for visitors. At the moment there is a livestream with Avalokiteshvara and Tonglen teachings by the Ven. Lama Lodrö Rinpoche. … Read more


By ruthflaviu | 5. March 2020

TARA PRAYER and MANTRA His Holiness the Dalai Lama recommends all Buddhists to practice Tara – wherever they have the opportunity. 20. Tara, inhabitant of the mountains (Drolma Ritröma; Skt. Tārā Śabarī) to protect against epidemics. Venerable Lama Lodrö Rinpoche recommends meditating on the practice of the bright, orange 20th Tara and reciting mantras in … Read more


By ruthflaviu | 4. March 2020

Ven. Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche TONGLEN – the practice of Buddha Avalokiteshvara with 1000 arms Friday 13. March 2020, 18:00 Uhr – Sunday 22. March 2020, 14:00 Uhr; 9 daysCourse language: English , Translation to: Deutsch On Friday and Saturday the Venerable Lodrö Rinpoche gives the grand empowerment of the 1000 armed Buddha Avalokiteshvara, the Buddha … Read more

Ven. Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche YESHE TSOGYAL PRAYER – Terma by Pema Lingpa 22. – 24.11.2019

By ruthflaviu | 18. October 2019

Ven. Dolpo Tulku Rinpoche Yeshe Tsogyal Aspiration Prayer – Terma by Pema Lingpa Friday 22. November 2019, 6 pm – Sunday 24. November 2019, 2 pm; 2 daysCourse language: English , Translation to: Deutsch Explanation and practice of the wonderful Aspiration Prayer from the Yogini and female Master Yeshe Tsogyal – the Consort of Guru … Read more

Ven. Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche RED VAJRAYOGINI, MANDALA RETREAT with CHÖD PRACTICE 2. – 9.11.2019

By ruthflaviu | 5. October 2019

Ven. Lodrö Tulku Rinpoche Red Vajrayogini, Mandala Retreat with Chöd practice Saturday 2. November 2019, 6 pm – Saturday 9. November 2019, 2 pm, 7 daysCourse language: Deutsch , Translation to: English Prerequisite for the course is a completed retreat of Vajrayogini. (please consult with Course registration

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