Archive for December, 2011

Happy New Year!

Saturday, December 31st, 2011
Buddha Dordenma in Thimphu, Bhutan (Photo: Michael Foley)

Buddha Dordenma in Thimphu, Bhutan (Photo: Michael Foley)

The Diamond Way Buddhism UK Blog would like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous New Year.

2011 was the second full year of the blog, with the number of subscribers increasing to over 770. During the year the blog was viewed over 31,000 individuals in 137 different countries, with most viewers coming from the UK, the USA, Poland, Germany and Russia.

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Lama Ole Nydahl’s New Year’s letter 2012

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Dearest Diamond Way students and friends,

Again in 2011, every travel and overview shows real growth in the numbers and activities of our Buddhist centers and their members in spiritually free countries worldwide.

Standing together and guided by the blessing of our unbroken transmission through 900 years of the Karmapas and Shamarpas, as well as today’s lamas and students protecting and representing them, we are bringing ultimate meaning and timeless methods towards realization to ever more karmically gifted minds.

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Meditation research blog showcases scientific research into Buddhist meditation

Monday, December 19th, 2011

For those of you interested in the latest scientific research into meditation, we recommend the website meditation-research.org.uk, particularly the new research blog section. The website and blog presents current scientific research into meditation and mindfulness practice and the research activities of the Meditation and Mindfulness Research Group at Liverpool John Moores University. We like it so much, we’ve added a live-feed from the blog on the right-hand column of the DWBUK blog.

Dr Peter Malinowski is the founder of the Meditation and Mindfulness Research Group at Liverpool John Moores University, as well as being a highly regarded teacher of Diamond Way Buddhism and co-founder of the Diamond Way Liverpool Buddhist Centre. In the above video, he discusses the practice of mindfulness, it’s benefits and applications. He also explains some of the research projects of the group, exploring the effects of mindfulness practice on cognitive ageing and healthy eating.

Marpa’s Teachers and Students

Sunday, December 18th, 2011
Marpa (1012-1097)

Marpa (1012-1097)

The Himalayan Art Resource blog recently posted this very informative article on Marpa, and clarifies the term “lineage”. At the site, one can also view a diagram showing Marpa’s main teachers and students.

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Rain of Flowers

Monday, December 12th, 2011
16th Karmapa

H.H. 16th Gyalwa Karmapa