Diamond Way Buddhist centers are friendly places where you can get easy access to Buddhist teachings, learn to meditate, and meet other people who practice Buddhism while living modern lives.

There are 640 lay Diamond Way Buddhist centers around the world, so it’s likely that there is one near you. To see which centers there are in your country, you can browse our list of centers by country.

When you visit a Buddhist center for the first time, you can expect to have your questions about Buddhism answered, be shown a guided meditation suitable for beginners, and have time to socialize and get to know the other practitioners.

The centers have an open and transparent structure and function on the basis of friendship, idealism and voluntary work. Their members share the responsibility for guiding meditations, answering questions, and giving explanations.

Different Buddhist centers offer various programs. Our larger centers hold meditation courses and lectures by our Karma Kagyu lamas, and all of them have regular talks and explanations by lay Buddhist teachers. There is always the opportunity to learn and practice the meditation on the 16th Karmapa, which is short enough for busy Westerners to incorporate into their schedule, and at the same time an extremely effective way to train the mind.

If you’d like to find a center near you, you can browse the list of centers by country.