Arne Schelling

Arne was born in Germany, where he practices Western and Chinese medicine. In 1989 he began to study and practice intensively under the guidance of various Buddhist masters of all Tibetan traditions, especially guided by Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Jigme Khyentse Rinpoche. Since 1995 Arne is familiarizing himself with the Tibetan language and manages various Tibetan Buddhist centers in Germany. He is also very involved in Buddhist film projects since 1999 and is responsible for the digital archives of many masters. Arne began to translate Buddhist teachers from Tibetan and Zen traditions in 1999, and is now doing simultaneous live translations of around 20 Rinpoches per year in Germany, Switzerland and Austria. He also worked as a translator and editor for many books, including “What Makes You (Not) a Buddhist”, “Not for Happiness”, “Ngöndro Commentary”, “Madhyamakavatara Commentary”, “Wild Awakening”, “Weisheit” (the most extensive commentary on Bodhicharyavatara’s wisdom chapter), His Holinesses “Wegweiser für die Welt von heute”, for Sadhana practices and for different Buddhist magazines. Arne has worked at Manjughosha Edition and has been part of the Dharmasagara translation group, translating sutras for 84000, for which he is one of the European ambassadors.

Since 2006 he guides Buddhist meditation classes and gives lectures on studies of classical Buddhist texts in various Tibetan buddhist centers in various European countries – at the moment Arne is also offering the bi-weekly online seminar on the Bodhicharyavatara. Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche appointed him as an instructor in 2008 and consigned him to take care of the first European Dharma Gar in 2008. Since 2011 he is in charge of the a buddhist study and practice center in Berlin, which is under the guidance of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Since its inception in 2017, he is a participant of the Milinda teacher training program, in which he is also one of the Committee members. Arne is also a Teacher in Training in the Nitartha Institute, and is working as the Editorial Research Coordinator in the Khyentse Vision project.

His aspiration is to allow people to connect with Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche and Rinpoche’s teachings.

Arne lives in Berlin, speaks English and German, and is still dreaming of being a piano player in dodgy night bars.

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