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


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

Our public meditation nights provide the opportunity, at no cost, to learn about Buddhism and meditation in a relaxed (and usually jovial) 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. The approach used in our centers, as specified by the lamas in this lineage, places the emphasis on meditation and life experience while transforming emotions like attachment and desire into wisdom.

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