Horst-Günter Rauprich started practicing Buddhism in the eighties resulting in a new quality of life for him. After his retirement in 1989, he became member of the board of directors of the Karma Kagyu Trust Germany. Since then he has been working for the Karma Kagyu Lineage and His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.
He met His Holiness Karmapa in 1992, two weeks after His Enthronement in Tsurphu/Tibet. This first encounter was followed by biennial visits combined with pilgrimages in Central and West Tibet. At the request of the abbot of Tsurphu, he organised world-wide fundraising for the reconstruction of the Tsurphu Shedra in close cooperation with the Tibet Development Fund and all responsible offices and agencies in Central Tibet.
His greatest wish is to welcome His Holiness Karmapa in Germany at the Kamalashila Institute®.
He is an experienced general manager with long experience as a Banker and officer in the German Mountain Division, followed by a career as General Staff Officer in national and international headquarters.
He is married and has three children and four grandchildren.