Instituto Caminho do Meio (ICM) was founded in 2008, consolidating the actions of social transformation of the Buddhist master Lama Padma Samten and his students, practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism linked to the Center for Bodhisattva Buddhist Studies (CEBB).
ICM activities take place in several cities in Brazil, together with CEBB villages – communities that emerge around CEBB Buddhist centers. Currently, they are mainly based in five of these villages: Viamão (RS), Timbaúba (PE), Alto Paraíso (GO), Canelinha (SC) and Quatro Barras (PR).
Instituto Caminho do Meio was legally constituted in 2008, but its activities began much earlier, due to the vision and action of Lama Padma Samten
We carry out various activities of public interest, in addition to promoting studies, research, development of alternative technologies, and the production and dissemination of technical and scientific knowledge in our areas of activity:
The first edition of the Bodhisattva Magazine, a periodical devoted to the dissemination of Buddhist and world transformation texts.
Alfredo Aveline is ordained Lama by S.E. Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche and takes the name Padma Samten.
At the turn of the year, CEBB joins other organizations to promote the first 72 Horas for Peace, an event for dialogue and promotion of a culture of peace that, since then, has been held annually.
In Viamão, the first stage of the headquarters of the Assistance, Social and Educational Center Caminho do Meio (NASCEM), in the community of Jardim do Castelo.
In Recife, Lama Padma Samten and his students approach the Educational Nucleus of the Minor Brothers of Francis of Assisi (NEIMFA), in the Coque community.
In its ninth edition, the 72 Hours of Peace is extended, renamed 108 Hours of Peace.