17th Gyalwa Karmapa"Buddhism is a way of life through which we develop the qualities of our mind.
This way of life is very unusual, as it is a means to attain happiness without harming others.


A Place of Reference for Tibetan Buddhism in France

Located in Dordogne, Dhagpo Kagyu Ling is one of the largest and most important Buddhist centers in France and in Europe. Dhagpo’s institute offers an ideal support for the preservation of the Buddha’s teachings. The center’s experienced and modern teachers make the teachings accessible to the greatest number of people possible, bringing a new vision to the challenges of society in the 21st century.

Who Are We?

“Dhagpo Kagyu Ling” means “place of the transmission of the teachings.” It the European seat of the Kagyü school, one of the four lineages of Tibetan Buddhism, represented by by the 17th Karmapa".

In the 1970s, two Tibetan spiritual masters, Lama Jigme Rinpoche and Lama Gendun Rinpoche, founded this center for European students. More than forty years later, we are, today, a vast community continuing to grow. Dhagpo welcomes approximately 25,000 visitors each year and is connected to seventy-one centers across France and the world. It is recognized as one of the largest and most important Buddhist centers in France and in Europe.

What Do We Offer?

Our goal is to preserve the Buddha’s teachings and make them accessible to the greatest number of people possible.

Throughout the year, individuals can come here to discover Buddhist philosophy and meditation. The courses offered likewise aid students in finding answers to the questions of modern society: how to reduce stress, to give more meaning to one’s life, and how to live in harmony with oneself and others.

What Sets Us Apart?

Dhagpo’s wealth lies in Tibetan masters that thoroughly understand the Western mindset, Buddhist teachers trained in France, and constantly evolving courses designed to respond to the needs of students. This ancient, non-dogmatic wisdom takes a new look at the challenges of daily life.

All year long, the center welcomes people looking to enrich their lives, from beginners to those already experienced in meditation, likewise Buddhists and those who are simply curious. The generations meet here: adolescents, retirees, and those from diverse social and professional milieus.

Dhagpo by the Numbers

  • Up-and-running for 38 years;
  • 1st Buddhist congregation recognized by the minister of the interior, in 1988;
  • 67 satellite centers in France connected to Dhagpo;
  • 350 courses each year, 150 of which take place here at Dhagpo;
  • More than 10,000 visitors per year to Dhagpo and 25,000 visitors per year to the centers;
  • A modern temple able to accommodate up to 800 people;
  • A 300 square meter library with an exclusively Buddhist collection.


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