about

the centre

Kadampa Meditation Centre, Copenhagen

The Kadampa Meditation Centre, Copenhagen in St. Anne's Passage

Welcome to Kadampa Meditation Centre, Copenhagen (formerly known as the Clear Light Centre). The Centre was founded in 2005 by the renowned Buddhist meditation master and author Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche. It is one of about 1200 Centres and groups worldwide in 40 countries, that make up the New Kadampa Tradition – International Kadampa Buddhist Union.

At Kadampa Meditation Centre, Copenhagen our aim is to provide an open, friendly and calm space in the city of Copenhagen where anyone can find greater inner peace, happiness and well-being. We offer meditation classes and events that are suitable for everyone. We hope you will find something interesting and useful for you here – whether you are a total beginner or have some experience of meditation, and whatever your beliefs you have.

The teachings and meditation techniques we teach can be traced back over 2,500 years in an unbroken lineage to Buddha Shakyamuni. However, they are presented in a way so they can be practiced in contemporary Danish life. We call this Modern Buddhism and believe anyone will find it useful to learn.

However, the only way to find out whether this is something for you is to come to a class or event and experience meditation for yourself! You are very welcome to drop in to one of our weekly classes or book for a Saturday workshop. We hope to see you soon!

resident teacher

Kadam Mark

The resident teacher Kadam Mark

The Resident Teacher at KMC Copenhagen is Kadam Mark Decker – a long-term student of Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso. Kadam Mark has been studying, practising and teaching Kadampa Buddhism for 25 years in the UK, Croatia and now Denmark.

Kadam Mark has engaged in many meditation retreats. He has also been deeply involved in the translation of many of Geshe-la’s books to Croatian.

Kadam Mark is known by his students for his approachability, deeply insightful and inspiring teachings, and his love for meditation and exploring the meaning of the teachings through discussion. We feel extremely fortunate to be able to benefit from Kadam Mark’s wealth of practical meditative experience here in Copenhagen.

other teachers

at Kadampa Meditation Centre

Teacher Sophie Andersen

Sophie Andersen

Sophie is a new teacher at KMC Copenhagen where she teaches meditation classes in Danish and English. She first met Kadampa Buddhism at KMC Hong Kong in 2012, and has been studying and practicing meditation & mindfulness with the tradition ever since. Sophie returned to Denmark in 2016 with her family, where she works as a supply teacher and has been regularly volunteering at KMC Copenhagen. She is known for her kind nature, relevant and humorous teaching style with many examples from daily life.

Teacher Sophie Andersen

Stig Backen

Stig is the co-teacher at our free weekly classes on Wednesdays in Danish. Stig has been a student of KMC Copenhagen for over two years and has developed a strong meditation practice following the Kadampa teachings offered at the centre. Now retired, Stig draws from a lifetime of experience and provides a unique perspective on the meaning of Modern Buddhism here in Denmark.

Teacher Sam Barnes

Sam Barnes

Sam is one of the regular teachers at Kadampa Meditation Centre, Copenhagen where he teaches classes and workshops. He is originally from England, moved to Copenhagen in 2015, and is also one of the volunteer managers of the centre. Sam has studied, practised and taught meditation and Kadampa Buddhism for several years. He is known for his good heart and clear and down to earth teaching style, that draws from his personal experience of applying the teachings and meditations to his life and work.

Teacher Lidet

Lidet

Lidet has been a student and volunteer of the centre for several years who currently teaches the monthly kids class in Danish. She first learned about meditation whilst living in Miami and has since developed her practice and experience after moving to Denmark, particularly emphasising the Buddhist practices of love and patience in relation to raising her two children. Lidet is also a project manager for a large company and so has plenty of experience of how to integrate practical Buddhist teachings with a busy daily life.

Teacher Tim

Tim Larcombe

Tim is an experienced meditation teacher who has been teaching, studying and practicing at Kadampa Meditation Centre, Copenhagen since it was founded in 2005. He is originally from Brighton, England but has been living and working in Copenhagen for over 15 years, together with his Danish wife and son. He is also one of the Centre Managers, responsible for the day-to-day running of the Kadampa Meditation Centre, Copenhagen. Tim has a clear and down-to-earth teaching style that comes from training and practicing in the context of a busy, everyday life.