Hannah Nydahl, together with her husband Lama Ole became the first Western students of H.H. the 16th Karmapa in 1969. A qualified Buddhist teacher in her own right, she worked alongside Lama Ole from the early 1970s up to her death in 2007 to establish Diamond Way Buddhism around the world. A movie about her remarkable life and activity is currently in production. This interview was made with Hannah in 1995 and was published in the magazine Kagyu Life International. It addresses her own views about the development of Buddhism in the West and her unique role.
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Buddhism and Science – and interview with Lama Ole Nydahl
Conducted by Artur Przybyslawski at the Diamond Way Buddhist Center Vilnius, Lithuania, on September 25, 2004.
Lama Ole and Hannah Nydahl describe going to Nepal in 1968. This is an excerpt from the final interview that Hannah gave before she died in 2007.
The following text is the transcript of an interview with the Third Jamgon Kongtrul in the USA in 1988 which was published in the journal “Material For Thought”, issue number 12.
A Conversation with Jamgön Kongtrül Rinpoche, October 21, 1988
Lodro Chokyi Senge, the third Jamgön Kongtrül, was born in Lhasa, Tibet, in 1954, in accord with the predictions of the second Kongtrül Rinpoche. During his childhood he was recognized and enthroned by the XVI Gyalwa Karmapa and later taken to safety to be educated in his monastery in Sikkim. The Karmapa, head of the Kagyü lineage — which follows the traditions of Milarepa — raised him as one of his four “heart sons.” These four individuals direct the study and practice within the 39 centers established throughout the world during the Karmapa’s lifetime.
In continuing the Buddhist tradition, Jamgön Kongtrül, Rinpoche, is currently building two major centers. Rigpe Dorje, a center for study and meditation, is being established at Sarnath, India, where Buddha first taught. Pullahari, located on the southern slopes of the Himalayas in Nepal, will serve as a three-year retreat facility.
Jamgön Kongtrül, Rinpoche, visited Far West Institute in October of 1988, at which time conversations ranged from the difficulties of bringing an ancient tradition to the Western world to the nature of mind and of meditation.
Several members of Far West participated in the following discussion. Replies were given through a translator. (more…)
This interview with Lama Ole Nydahl is from the very early days of Diamond Way Buddhism in the UK. It appeared in Varsitiy, the independent student weekly newspaper of the University of Cambridge. Lama Ole Nydahl taught in Cambridge at the invitation of Stephen James, who was a student in Cambridge University at the time.
Rock n’ Roll Buddha
Matthew Arlidge communicates with Ole Nydahl about Spirituality and Motorbikes. Varsity, 28 October 1994
Cast a critical eye over the picture above and what do you see? A debonair-yet-macho top Hollywood actor? A ruthless mercenary hot-foot from a bazooka battle with the forces of SPECTRE? Or perhaps even a well ‘ardbouncer from Fifth Avenue? Well you’re wrong matey, so no nubile young banana for you. (more…)
Here’s a blast from the past! When Lama Ole was due to visit London on 15 November 1999 – ten years ago today – he was interviewed by telephone by Richard Johnson of the Sunday Times. The interview appeared in the “Life in the Day” section of the Sunday Times Magazine. We have reproduced it here for your enjoyment:
On September 17, the Newcastle Diamond Way Buddhist Centre was delighted to be able to host the first visit of Lama Ole Nydahl. The event was the culmination of many months’ refurbishment work on the centre, which, with the help of many friends from the North, was completed just in time for Lama Ole’s arrival.
Lama Ole arrived by car from Dublin with ten minutes to spare before giving a radio interview at BBC Newcastle. After the interview and dinner at the centre he was whisked to the lecture venue. The venue for the lecture was the very aptly-named Great Hall at the Discovery Museum in the centre of the city. The lecture was entitled “Discover Your Mind”, and was followed by many questions and answers by the audience, as well as a guided meditation and the chance to receive Buddhist Refuge. On Sunday morning after breakfast with the sangha, Lama Ole inaugurated the gompa before departing for London in a flurry of suitcases and blessings.