16th Karmapa
"You Are Free, You Are Really Free, and Everything Is Possible."
—Lama Ole Nydahl
Lama Ole
New York City attracts countless talented ambitious and idealistic people and is always a busy place. It is the opposite of the quiet, contemplative environment usually associated with meditation. However, the methods of Diamond Way Buddhism work with the raw energy of human potential. They provide unique tools for successful meditation practice in the middle of the hustle of New York City and lead to lasting happiness. The Diamond Way Buddhist center is planning to purchase a property to establish a permanent base in NYC. It will provide a true refuge in our great and busy city, where everyone will be able to deeply work with their mind, become free, fearless, joyful, wisely compassionate, and achieve lasting happiness.
For an idealistic grass-roots organization like our DWBC buying a property in the expensive and competitive New York City is a challenge. We called it the Manhattan Project to stress the cooperation and a major altruistic creative effort required to realize our wish.
Our center is part of the international network, which includes major owned properties in great world cities such as London, Moscow, Hamburg, Budapest and others. NYC is a gateway to America, and the Manhattan project will be instrumental also in establishing and keeping connections between practitioners from all over the world.
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16th Karmapa with Ed Koch

1980: Karmapa meets with the mayor of New York City Ed Koch at the Park Plaza Hotel
HH 16th Gyalwa Karmapa visited the United States twice. He visited many places and gave the Black Crown empowerment to many students.

Ole and Hannah

Hannah and Ole Nydahl with Lisa on the subway train to Queens in NYC
At the request of HH 16th Karmapa, Lama Ole Nydahl was coming to teach in the US every year. Ole gave teachings and started centers throughout the country. The first groups appeared in New York City and San Francisco.

Lama Ole teaching

Lama Ole teaching at the DWB Center in Brooklyn
A small group of Lama Ole students started getting together to meditate in each other’s apartments since early 1990s. In 2001, we rented a dedicated Diamond Way Center in Brooklyn

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The Brooklyn center
The center was famous for its strong tradition of meditation practice

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The group also met once a week in midtown Manhattan for teachings and meditation at the Source of Life center

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Lama Ole and Hannah meeting with students at a sangha member’s apartment in Greenwich Village

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Lama Ole and students after a public lecture at the Mimi Fertz gallery in Soho, 2003

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As the center grew, it moved to Manhattan and became more accessible. In 2004, the center opened in Chinatown, leading to an explosion of activity; many people started coming regularly to meditations and teachings

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Lama Ole and students at the center
Today, the center in NYC is the largest Diamond Way center in North America. It is anchor of the DWB centers in the Northeastern region of the US. Diverse as the city itself, it has members from more than 20 countries

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Lama Ole’s lecture is advertised on the Times Square. If you can meditate here, you can meditate anywhere!

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Diamond Way Buddhism, New York, 2017