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H.H. the 16th Karmapa


Lama Ole Nydahl

The Diamond Way Buddhist centers in the Heartland (USA) are part of an international network of over 600 meditation centers world wide, all in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. Our centers were founded and are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl according to the wishes of the 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. They are currently under the spiritual guidance of the 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.

In our centers all can learn from Buddha's timeless wisdom, meditate, and share experience and development. We offer broad access to the Buddha's highest methods for developing freedom and joy in every situation. These methods have been practiced in Tibet and India for centuries in an unbroken transmission lineage. Our style is fresh and free from confusing cultural baggage, stiffness or sentimentality. All of the people involved in the Diamond Way centers are lay practitioners, who participate in society and incorporate the teachings and meditation into daily life

Lama Ole Nydahl is one of the few Westerners fully qualified as a Lama and meditation
teacher in the Karma Kagyu Buddhist tradition. In 1969, Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah became the first Western students of H.H. the 16th Gyalwa Karmapa. After completing three years of Buddhist philosophy studies and intensive meditation training - including the transmission for a unique Diamond Way Buddhist practice called Conscious Dying (tib. Phowa) - Ole Nydahl began teaching Buddhism in Europe at the request of the 16th Karmapa. Lama Ole has since transmitted the blessing of the lineage in a different city nearly every day, traveling and teaching worldwide. His depth of knowledge and dynamic teachings inspire thousands of people at his lectures and meditation retreats. Read more about Lama Ole Nydahl at: