19 March is a special day for tens of thousands of Buddhists worldwide. On this day eighty years ago, Lama Ole Nydahl first saw the light of day in Copenhagen.
Eighty very diverse, moving and eventful years in which a young man, together with his childhood friend and later wife Hannah Nydahl, discovered Buddhism, brought the Buddha’s teachings to the West and founded over 600 Buddhist centres worldwide in the name of the 16th Karmapa.
This year, however, much is different from the almost 50 years of his teaching career to date. While in the past Lama Ole Nydahl spent this day almost every year in the circle of his students and friends, this year the congratulations reach him digitally.
In the early hours of the morning, Thaye Dorje, H.H. the 17th Karmapa, congratulated him via Facebook. The head of the Karma Kagyu Lineage and successor of the 16th Karmapa repeated in moving words the appreciation that was omnipresent during his last visit to the Europe Centre in Immenstadt.
Over the course of the day, congratulations arrived from thousands of students and friends – virtually and digitally on social media, by email and in video calls.