Diamond Way Buddhism provides easy access to authentic Buddhist teachings and meditations for use in contemporary life.

Our 640 Buddhist centers across the Western world present Buddhism in a modern practical context, in over 30 languages. They were founded by Hannah and Lama Ole Nydahl under the spiritual guidance of His Holiness the 16th Karmapa. All our centers are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl under the spiritual patronage of Thaye Dorje, His Holiness the 17th Karmapa.

What is meditation?

What is meditation?

Buddhist meditation gives us freedom to work with emotions and circumstances. It increases stability and happiness, and results in an experience of the nature of mind itself — radiant and timelessly joyful.

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Who was Buddha?

Who was Buddha?

Buddha was a historical person, a prince in ancient India, who left his royal life in search of a truly reliable, lasting refuge. After years of meditation, he achieved enlightenment, and taught others to do the same.

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International Diamond Way News

Diamond Way Buddhism is an international network of Buddhist meditation centers for people who want to integrate the Buddhist view with daily life and work. We offer a wide range of meditations, from those for complete beginners, through to advanced methods learned in retreat conditions. All Diamond Way meditation practices come from the Karma Kagyu lineage, a thousand-year-old tradition of Tibetan Buddhism, whose teachings have been passed down from the historical Buddha.

The Karma Kagyu lineage has been headed by the Karmapas — the first reincarnate line of Tibetan teachers — since the 12th century. The 17th Karmapa, Thaye Dorje, lives in India and travels widely to teach his students around the world. His predecessor the 16th Karmapa asked Lama Ole Nydahl and his wife Hannah Nydahl to establish Karma Kagyu Buddhism in the West. Since the early 70’s they have started 640 Buddhist centers around the world, in over forty countries to date.