104 King St. Suite 302
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 209-9780


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Diamond Way Buddhist Center Madison belongs to an international non-profit network of over 600 lay Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, founded by Lama Ole Nydahl and under the spiritual guidance of H.H. the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.

Diamond Way Buddhism offers practical and effective methods to realize mind’s inherent richness for the benefit of all. With an accessible and modern style, it works with people’s confidence and desire, using every situation in life to develop fearlessness and joy. We always present a basic introduction for newcomers, and the meditations are guided in English.

Regular Program

***Our Wednesday sessions will start at 8:30 pm from June 28th through August 2nd due to Concerts on the Square. Please allow yourself more time to find parking!


Sundays & Wednesdays - 8:00 pm to 8:45 pm

Our free public meditation program consists of a short, informative talk on an essential Buddhist subject followed by a guided meditation. Newcomers are invited to drop in on any Sunday or Wednesday. No previous experience with Buddhism or meditation is required to attend and questions are always encouraged.

Feel free to RSVP via Meetup (not required).


Third Wednesday of every month - 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Once a month we take a deeper dive with an experienced member of the center who gives a longer, more detailed talk on a staple subject like karma or meditation. It's also free and another excellent night for newcomers!


Tuesdays during the fall and spring semesters in Union South - 7:30 pm to 8:15 pm

Our campus night also consists of a short introductory talk and guided meditation and is also open to the general public. Find our listing and room location via the Today In the Union TV screens ("DWB: Buddhist Meditation and Talk") upon arrival.

Campus location:
Union South
1308 W. Dayton St.
Madison, WI 53715 (Google map)

H.H. 16th Karmapa
Rangjung Rigpe Dorje

H.H. 17th Karmapa
Trinlay Thaye Dorje

Lama Ole Nydahl &
Hannah Nydahl