This website represents one of the over 600 lay Diamond Way Buddhist centers of the Karma Kagyu Tradition under the spiritual guidance of His Holiness the 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje, and directed by Lama Ole Nydahl.
Diamond Way Buddhism is a lay organization of the Karma Kagyu lineage, which is one of the four major schools of Tibetan Buddhism. The meditation methods used by Diamond Way Buddhism are all traditional, and are presented in a modern, Western setting accessible to all. Through our meditation centers and courses worldwide, many people are able to use and benefit from Buddha’s timeless methods.
The highest of the three levels of Buddha’s teachings is called Vajrayana in Sanskrit, or Dorje Thegpa in Tibetan, which translates to “The Diamond Way”. Of the various schools that teach Vajrayana Buddhism, the Diamond Way organization was founded by Lama Ole Nydahl in order to preserve and make available the teachings of the Karma Kagyu, especially in the West. His Holiness the 16th Karmapa, Ranjung Rigpe Dorje, asked Lama Ole and his wife Hannah to carry out this task and to teach Buddhism and found centers in his name. Our work is based on the friendship and idealism shared amongst the practitioners. As such, all work is carried out on the basis of voluntary work and contributions.
If you are interested in learning more about Diamond Way Buddhism, you will find useful information at the following websites: