Karmapa International Buddhist Institute
The Karmapa International Buddhist Institute originates from the wish of His Holiness the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. He specified several projects to be completed in order to establish the Karma Kagyu lineage outside of the Himalayan region. Among these projects is an institute of higher learning and study of Buddha’s timeless wisdom, including Buddhist philosophy, theory of perception and the Tibetan language. It should be accessible to Buddhists from around the world who are not familiar with Tibetan. The Indian government donated a plot of land to H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa for this purpose. After the death of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa in 1981, H.H. Shamar Rinpoche carried out the vision and founded K.I.B.I., which opened in the autumn of 1990. Since then Shamar Rinpoche has been the chairman of the school. 2009 K.I.B.I. got accepted as a Foundation funding project in order to support the remodeling and equipping of the institute's library and student facilities.