Speaker Bios – Hannah Film Premiere NYC

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Tomek Lehnert was born in Gdansk, Poland. He studied Civil Engineering and English literature and in the early eighties became active in the students’ Solidarity movement in the then communist Poland. In January 1983, during martial law in Poland, Tomek met Lama Ole Nydahl, took Buddhist refuge and became his student. In 1987 Tomek started travelling with Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl and since then has been instrumental in organizing their dharma activity and helping start Diamond Way Buddhist centers around the world. He is the author of “Rogues in Robes” (Blue Dolphin Publishing, 1998), a chronicle of a controversy over the recognition of HH the 17th Karmapa, head of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. At Lama Ole’s request he started teaching in 2003. He continues helping and travelling with Lama Ole.

Marta György Kessler is Hungarian and took refuge in Budapest in 1990. Since 1993 she has lived and worked in different Diamond Way Buddhist centers in Europe, primarily in Munich and now in London. Over the years, she has helped organize the Balkan tour, summer courses in Kassel and the Europe Center, and tours of HH 17th Karmapa in Europe. Professionally Marta is an actress, a movement therapist and a movement teacher. Since 2002 she has been giving lectures on Buddhism in Diamond Way centers in Europe, Russia, Ukraine and the Americas. Marta travelled with Hannah and Lama Ole for over 15 years all over the world, and developed a very close connection to Hannah. In 2009 she came up with the idea of writing Hannah’s life story, an inspiration that evolved into a documentary film she co-directed with Adam Penny.

Gabriele (Gabi) Wohlfahrtstätter-Volenko was born in Wuppertal, Germany, where she studied music and worked as a music teacher for small children and an educator for music students. In 1979 on a trip to Copenhagen she visited the Buddhist center of the Karma Kagyu lineage there, met with Tenga Rinpoche and Hannah Nydahl and took refuge. One year later she became Lama Ole and Hannah’s student, and since then has been helping them in their work as much as she can in every way. In 1979 together with friends she started the Diamond Way Buddhist Center in Wuppertal, where she has lived and worked for 25 years. Between 1990 and 1995 Lama Ole Nydahl sent her to help build up Diamond Way Buddhist centers in Russia and Ukraine. Today, besides teaching Dharma in Diamond Way centers worldwide Gabi is leading her “Institute for Deep Relaxation” in Wuppertal.

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