History of the center

Various groups of practitioners related to the enlightened activity of Lama Gendun Rinpoche existed in Thessaloniki from the beginning of the Eighties. An unofficial center functioned for few months during 2001, to which H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa gave the name of 'Karma Gyaltsen Ling', that means 'The Victory Banner of the Dharma'.

During his first visit in Greece in August 2005, the 17th Karmapa gave his blessing for the re-foundation of this center. The Italian Lama Tsering Wangchuk was appointed responsible for it. He lives permanently in Thessaloniki and has since then become the Lama of Karma Gyaltsen Ling. A close disciple of Gendun Rinpoche, Lama Tsering received, after two traditional three-year retreats, the title of Lama together with the transmission of the most important teachings and practices of the Karma Kagyu Lineage.

A short time after the finding of the new place, in March 2006, the center was recognized by the Ministry of Education and Religion as the first non-Christian temple in Thessaloniki. Since then its functioning has been supported by a growing number of teachers and practitioners, especially by teachers that were disciples of Gendun Rinpoche, like the Lamas of the monastery of Le Bost, led by Jigme Rinpoche, the representative of 17th Karmapa in Europe, but also by several known teachers from other Buddhist traditions.

Very important in this direction was the blessing that our center received by the venerable Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche, with the encouragement and guidance of whom we are continuing our activity.

More recently, the center moved from its first location to a new, more suitable house, in the same neighborhood of the previous one.