The Goal of Buddhist Foundation Diamond Way

The goal of the Buddhist Foundation Diamond Way is to make the millennium-old Buddhist wisdom accessible to the people of the modern world, and to preserve the tradition of the Diamond Way, which is threatened in the East, for future generations.


Buddhism is one of the five major world religions and has been established in many countries of East Asia. There are approximately one billion Buddhists worldwide, and interest in Buddhism has been steadily increasing in the US for about 100 years. An estimated 1.5 million Buddhists live in the US today. Buddhism is oriented toward people and their world of experience and is free of ideologies or dogmas. The starting point is everyone's wish to experience happiness. The goal is the full development of all of the potential inherent in the human being.

The Diamond Way

The Diamond Way belongs to the teachings given by the historical Buddha. Because of its practical approach, closely related to life, the Diamond Way is the most widespread form of Buddhism outside of traditionally Buddhist countries. Initially, it existed in India and then in Tibet until the Chinese occupation. Lama Ole Nydahl, one of the founders of the Buddhist Foundation Diamond Way, was a student of the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje (also known in the West), head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, who fled Tibet to India before the Chinese invasion in 1959. His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje, the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa's successor, is the spiritual authority of the Buddhist Foundation Diamond Way.

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