Diamond Way Buddhism

"No religious truth can be above science or humanism"

Organisation: Diamond Way Buddhism New Zealand

Founder: Lama Ole Nydahl has since 1972, upon request of his teacher, the 16th Karmapa, spent all of his time spreading and raising the awareness of Tibetan Buddhism in the West. He is a fully qualified lama and is today one of the best-known. Every year Lama Ole Nydahl traverses the globe twice to give lectures and courses. Lama Ole is particularly well known for his lively and joyful style. Challenging people's concepts of life and Buddhism in an unorthodox manner, and has been a major driving force in bringing Buddhism to the West. His unique synthesis of modern style and ancient wisdom helped create the largest body of students practicing Diamond Way Buddhist methods in the West.

Brief Description: Diamond Way Buddhism New Zealand is part of an international network of over 600 meditation centres in more than 50 countries around the world in the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism. The centres were founded and are directed by Lama Ole Nydahl according to the wishes of the 16th Karmapa. They are now under the guidance of the 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinlay Thaye Dorje.

Our centers consist of people and families working in full-time jobs, and incorporating Diamond Way teachings and meditations into their daily lives.

Weekly Meetings: Local Centres meet every week with a program consisting of a 10 minute talk or video, follow by a Q&A session and then a 30 minute guided meditation, this is then followed by an informal get together. These Centres stock Diamond Way Buddhist books, meditation booklets and magazines. Diamond Way Centres have a democratic structure and function through unpaid, voluntary work on the basis of friendship and idealism. They are financed mainly with the help of voluntary membership contributions and donations. The members share the responsibility for guiding meditations, answering questions and giving teachings.

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