Meet Arne Schelling and Doris Wolter
Germany’s KF Reps are a team

In each issue of the Communiqué, we introduce members of our volunteer team—country representatives, project coordinators, advisors, board and committee members, and members of the executive office. This month meet Arne Schelling and Doris Wolter who represent Khyentse Foundation in Berlin, Germany.

Arne Schelling
Arne Schelling studied Western and Chinese medicine in Germany and China and now works as a physician in Berlin. From 1995  to 2001 he worked to develop the Kagyu Centers Theksum Tashi Chöling in Hamburg and Kamalashila-Institute in Langenfeld, Germany. He frequently translates (from English to German) for masters of all the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, in Germany and Switzerland.
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In 2001 Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche appointed Arne as president of Siddhartha’s Intent Europe, and he later became a country representative for Khyentse Foundation in Germany. Since 2002 he has directed the film project “Heart Advice,” which aims to preserve the essence of the teachings of Tibetan masters. He also gives instruction at several Buddhist centers in Germany.
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“There are only a handful of KF representatives for all of Europe, so we are hoping to work more closely together to bring the European community together through Rinpoche’s work. I encourage people from European countries to contact me with any suggestions or requests.”
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Doris Wolter
Doris Wolter studied German literature and comparative religion at Freie Universitat Berlin and fine arts at Hochschule der Künste Berlin. Her first Buddhist teacher was Sogyal Rinpoche, and after graduating in 1983, she worked as national director of Rigpa Germany for 16 years. Her son, Jasper, was born in 1984. Doris served  on the board of the German Buddhist Union from 1993 to 2001. In 1992 she coordinated a European Buddhist Union conference, “Unity in Diversity,” in Berlin, and in 1996 she initiated and organized “Dying, Death and Living,” a conference on spiritual care for the dying under the patronage of H.H. the Dalai Lama and Dame Cicely Saunders. She lives in Rinpoche´s “Dharma Gar” retreat center near Berlin.
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“I am deeply touched to be a tiny little part of this thrilling, manifold enterprise. It is a real honor to contribute to the preservation of precious Buddhist teachings, making them available for generations to come through translation (even into German), and supporting people who want to study and practice them. It really shows Rinpoche´s vast vision and deep care for the future of Buddhism.”
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Since 2004 she has coordinated and overseen the development of teacher training, “Knowing – Understanding – Experiencing: Buddhist Wisdom in the Diversity of Tradition,” for the German Buddhist Union, an organization devoted mainly to Buddhist religious education in German schools. A new GBU program in ethics includes classes on all major religions of the world. The organization invites speakers from all of the main Buddhist traditions in the spirit of inter-Buddhist dialog.
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Doris has edited and written for a number of Buddhist publications, and she founded and served as chief editor of the Buddhist magazine Rigpa Rundbrief from 1988 until 2001. Her first book, Losing the Clouds, Gaining the Sky, a collection of teachings by Buddhist masters, was published in 2007. She has been a student of Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche since 1990 and is a country representative for Khyentse Foundation. She also helps to coordinate Lotus Outreach and Siddhartha’s Intent Europe.