Archive for July, 2011

moreEC campaign & website launch

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

This message just in from the Europe Center:

Dear friends and supporters,

Even before we had it, the Europe Center idea symbolized the rising international spirit of Diamond Way Buddhism. In 2007, this decade-old wish materialized with Gut Hochreute in the foothills of the German Alps. Building on what was already present, we began with the first International Summer Course and then made the most out of the 4 following years. Thanks to that, thousands have already caught the “international EC virus” and our over 600 centers worldwide are today interconnected like never before.

Now it’s time to finish what we started. From the experience gained arose a natural next step, extending the EC with a large new gompa, living space for guests & residents, and various maintenance and working areas. Once finished, the potential of the EC will fully blossom, making all its functions accessible to ever more people: hosting big courses with our Lamas throughout the year, nurturing a lively international exchange, showing a proud, mature face of Diamond Way Buddhism to the world and much more.


Lama – The Source of Blessings by Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
Jamgon Kongtrul III

Jamgon Kongtrul III

Buddhist teachings can be divided into the sutra path and the tantra path. The sutra path is based on causes, and the tantra path is based on fruit. Both are about using a path to free us from the dualistic view in order to reach the state of liberation.


Karma Kagyu Meditation Forms

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011

The pictures below show some of the most common forms used in the meditation practices of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Buddhism. They are from the website

Click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge the image.

16th Karmapa Thangka2nd Karmapa ThangkaRadiant Goddess ThangkaBlack Coat ThangkaKarma Kagyu Refuge Tree ThangkaDiamond Mind ThangkaLoving Eyes ThangkaRed Wisdom ThangkaHighest Bliss Thangka

Top row, left to right: 16th Karmapa, 2nd Karmapa, Black Coat in union with Radiant Goddess. Middle row left to right: Black Coat, the Karma Kagyu Refuge Tree, Diamond Mind. Bottom row left to right: Loving Eyes, Red Wisdom, Buddha of Highest Bliss in union with Red Wisdom.

Shakespeare on relative truth

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

“… there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so”.

– Shakespeare, (Hamlet, Act II, Scene II).

Spotlight on the Budapest Diamond Way Buddhist Centre

Saturday, July 16th, 2011
Arial view of the Budapest Diamond Way Buddhist Centre

Arial view of the Budapest Diamond Way Buddhist Centre

The Budapest Diamond Way Buddhist centre is the biggest urban centre of the over 600 Diamond Way Buddhist centres founded by Lama Ole Nydahl around the world. Because of its size and location, it also fulfills the role of an international centre for the central European, eastern European, and Balkan region. Here we highlight a little of the Centre’s history, accomplishments and current activities.


Lama Ole Nydahl – Buddhism and Science

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011
Lama Ole Nydahl teaching in 2009 (Photo: JR Petersen)

Lama Ole Nydahl teaching in 2009 (Photo: JR Petersen)

This teaching was published in 2005 in Issue 16 of the magazine “Buddhism Today”. The original can be seen at the BuddhaChannel portal.

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.


Long life wishes for H.H. 17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

Thursday, July 7th, 2011
17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

17th Karmapa Trinley Thaye Dorje

Long-Life wishes for H.H. 17th Karmapa Thaye Dorje
Composed by Shamar Rinpoche

Several eons ago you made a vow to strive for the benefit of countless beings, taught the words of truth and made deep wishes.

You have never abandoned them, and the power of the two accumulations gained throughout your rebirths have ripened as your present emanation. May you live long.

You hold the essential and skilful methods of guidance in your hands, and through your wisdom, ability and love you flood the realm of sentient beings with the teachings of the Buddha Dharma.

Master of Dharma may you have a long life.

You are the bearer of the continuous activity of the excellent Dusum Khyenpa, you possess the profound, all surpassing stream of nectar of the great teacher Naropa’s Mahamudra teachings. May you live long.

May the power of the truth of dedication prayers in front of the ocean of the Three Mighty Jewels and the power of the inevitable interdependence, just like the wish fulfilling tree, may these wishes be realised effortlessly.