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This website represents more than 640 lay Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu Lineage, founded by Lama Ole Nydahl, under the spiritual guidance of H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje. The Diamond Way Buddhist centers are friendly places where people get easy access to Buddha’s timeless wisdom, learn how to meditate and develop and share experience. We offer daily meditations, meditation courses, retreat places, study courses and lectures by more than 100 international lay Buddhist teachers. Learn more...
Over 3,500 Diamond Way Buddhists gathered in Hamburg for the New Year’s Course 2014. The program was opened by Lama Jigme Rinpoche, H.H. Karmapa’s representative in Europe, and brother of the late Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche. Jigme Rinpoche passed on the transmission of Milarepa, a great yogi of ancient Tibet, through an empowerment ceremony, and taught on the Karma Kagyu transmission lineage.
Lama Ole Nydahl continued by teaching Mahamudra, the practice of highest enlightened view. He also meditated with his students and answered their questions. Celebrating New Year’s Eve with his students, Lama Ole also read his annual New Year’s letter and gave the Bodhisattva promise, a vow to develop and work for the benefit of others. more…
The annual Kagyu Monlam in Bodh Gaya at the Mahabodhi temple brings together Buddhist masters, monks and lay followers from the Karma Kagyu lineage worldwide for a week-long program. In 2014, it took place from 15 to 21 December.
The Mahabodhi temple complex is a remarkable UNESCO Heritage site. There are many smaller temples around the 55-meter tall main tower, which marks the place where the historical Buddha achieved enlightenment after meditating there for seven days under the Bodhi tree. It is the main pilgrimage site for Buddhists of all traditions.
The daily Kagyu Monlam program consists of recitations of wishes and aspirations for world peace and for connecting with Buddha’s achievement of enlightenment from early morning till dawn. The prayers are always led by His Holiness the 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje and other more…
Begun this year in earnest, the renovation of the Swayambhu Monastery belonging to HH 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje has already brought great results. Essential works such as the water and wastewater infrastructure have been completed. The roof is now waterproof, which in a country with a monsoon season is a great plus.
The monastery is very important and has a venerable history. It was, for example, the place where Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl first met the 16th Karmapa. But now it is not in a great physical state. Shamar Rinpoche very much wanted the monastery restoration project to be supported by the whole Karma Kagyu family, and right now in Bodh Gaya our friends are showing the project at the Kagyu Monlam, the great annual gathering of Kagyu lamas and students. more…
Hannah Nydahl touched all those who knew her. Some knew her as a friend and confidante, some as the wife of Lama Ole Nydahl, as a fellow student of His Holiness the Karmapa, or as a Buddhist teacher in her own right. To a generation of Tibetan Buddhist lamas, she was an interpreter both of language and of the newly opened Western lands and culture. Her contribution to the successful spread of Buddhism to the West was so significant that a Danish newspaper referred to her as the “Mother of Buddhism”.
Yet Hannah was not widely known to the public. Her amazing life story, that took her from the city of Copenhagen to the remote mountain fastnesses of the Himalayas, from university in Denmark to studying the nature of mind with the highest teachers of Tibetan Buddhism, was largely unknown – until now. more…
The Copenhagen Diamond Way Buddhist Center was founded in 1973 – over forty years ago. It was the second of the now 600-plus Diamond Way Buddhist centres to be established after Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah came back to Europe after studying with the 16th Karmapa Rangjung Rigpe Dorje. Therefore it is not surprising that there is already a need for restoration.
There are few Buddhist centers in the West with such authentic Buddhist frescos of the style traditionally used in the monasteries of Tibet – and this makes saving them even more urgent.
Most of the wall paintings in Copenhagen were made by Rinzing Lhadipa, an artist from Sikkim recommended by 16th Karmapa himself, as he had worked for him for many years before. In 1976, he came to Copenhagen and spent many months painting various Buddha forms as well as more…
Many hundreds of delegates from more than 150 German-speaking Diamond Way Buddhist Centers as well as more than a dozen European countries came together at the ‘Buddha Factory’, the hosting Diamond Way Buddhist Center in Braunschweig. In addition, the event was also streamed online to hundreds of Buddhist centers worldwide. The centers, regions and projects presented their work and exchanged with each other over the course of 2 days on October 25–26, 2014. Lama Ole Nydahl, together with Caty Hartung, answered questions about various center matters. more…
HH Karmapa and Shamar Rinpoche (1952-2014)
H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje
, the head of the Karma Kagyu lineage, yesterday announced that it is his “solemn duty and responsibility alone to find the authentic incarnation of His Holiness Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche”.
The 14th Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro, passed away in June of this year. From his boyhood, Shamar Rinpoche had stayed close to the great 16th Karmapa and received all the Karma Kagyu transmissions from him. In turn, Shamar Rinpoche, as the second highest Karma Kagyu lama after the Karmapa himself, found, recognised, and enthroned H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje as the 17th reincarnation of the Karmapa. Shamar Rinpoche passed the precious Karma Kagyu transmissions on to him.
It is thus H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje who is qualified to recognise the next reincarnation of Shamar Rinpoche, and return the teachings to him. more…
The 14th Kunzig Shamarpa, Mipam Chokyi Lodro (1952-2014)
Western Buddhist organizations representing more than 700 Buddhist centers, monasteries and institutes of the Karma Kagyu tradition have requested their spiritual leader, His Holiness the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa Thaye Dorje
, to recognize the 15th reincarnation of the recently deceased 14th Shamar Rinpoche
, Mipham Chokyi Lodro.
The devotees of the 14th Shamarpa also follow his main student H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje, who received all of his spiritual transmissions. Therefore, only H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje will be able to transmit them back to the 15th Shamarpa in the future. For these reasons, the devotees of the 14th Shamarpa regard it as essential that his next reincarnation be recognized by H.H. Karmapa Thaye Dorje.
Read the full press release [PDF].
Dhagpo Kagyu Ling, France, 2014, October 1st
OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT FROM WESTERN KARMA KAGYU ORGANIZATIONS CONCERNING THE RECOGNITION OF THE 15th KUNZIG SHAMARPA
Western Karma Kagyu organizations formally request H.H. Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje to recognize
the 15th Shamar Rinpoche
August 26, 2014, Dordogne, France: Following the passing of Kunzig Shamar Rinpoche in Germany on June 11th, representatives of Bodhi Path Buddhist Centers, the Diamond Way Buddhist Foundation and the French Federation of Karma Kagyu Buddhist Centers met in France to discuss ongoing activities within the lineage in the absence of the Shamarpa. more…
Two decades after the first public lecture of Lama Ole Nydahl in Prague, the first stupa was inaugurated in the Czech Republic. It is a 7-meter high Enlightenment Stupa in Tenovice, the main meditation retreat center of the Czech Republic. The stupa was built by Maniwa Sherab Gyaltsen Rinpoche, with the assistance of Lama Ole Nydahl and his students.
It is hard to imagine a better celebration of 20 years of Buddhism in the Czech Republic than the inauguration more…
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