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


Public meditations are always free. Those who wish to support the center can donate here:

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Meetup is an easy way to RSVP to upcoming events:
We are looking forward to our upcoming course with Lama Ole October 11th to 14th in Lake Geneva. It will be a great opportunity to meet and learn from an authentic meditation master of the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism who guides nearly 700 groups and centers around the world. More details including how to register, the cost of the course and its exact location will be announced in the coming weeks.

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


Sundays & Wednesdays - 8:00 pm
Thursdays - noon

Our public meditation sessions provide numerous opportunities, at no cost, to learn about Buddhism and meditation in a relaxed and warm environment. One of our members gives a short talk on a staple Buddhist subject, like meditation or karma, and together we do our main meditation practice, which is guided.

Our nearly 700 centers, which are guided by Lama Ole Nydahl, belong to the Karma Kaygu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, which is currently headed by the 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje. Our approach places heavy emphasis on meditation and choosing challenging life experiences that take us out of our comfort zone.

Public meditation is always free. RSVP via Meetup or Facebook (not required).


Third Wednesday of every month - 8:00 pm

Once a month we take a deeper dive with an experienced member of the center. It's also free and another excellent night for newcomers!


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

Our campus night also consists of a short introductory talk and guided meditation. Find our listing and room location via the Today In the Union screens ("DWB Meditation") 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