All ‘Lama Ole Nydahl’ posts

Lama Ole Nydahl has come many times to the UK, especially to London, where we now have our beautiful new Buddhist centre at the grand old Beaufoy Institute. As a recognised meditation master in the Karma Kagyu lineage of Tibetan Buddhism, Lama Ole travels constantly around the world. Lama Ole Nydahl has started many hundreds of Diamond Way Buddhist centres on behalf of his teacher, the 16th Karmapa. Please see the stories and articles below for news and reports of Lama Ole’s activity in Manchester, Exeter, London and other towns.

Lama Ole Nydahl and Jigme Rinpoche in London, April 2014

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014
Fish-eye view of the Beaufoy, including the course marquee, from the Bellway construction site

Fish-eye view of the Beaufoy, including the course marquee, from the Bellway construction site

The first week of April 2014 was packed with activity and excitement as Lama Ole Nydahl and his team, followed by Lama Jigme Rinpoche arrived in London to stay at the London Diamond Way Buddhist Centre at the Beaufoy Institute. While we have previously recounted two important days (namely Lama Ole’s tour Reading, Oxford and St Albans and the public opening of the London Centre at the Beaufoy Institute), here we’d like to share some impressions of what went on during the rest of the time the two lamas were with us.

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Reading, Oxford, St Albans Buddhist groups host Lama Ole Nydahl

Sunday, April 13th, 2014
Lama Ole Nydahl in Oxford 2 April 2014

Lama Ole Nydahl in Oxford 1 April 2014

Having arrived in London for a week-long visit to the UK, on the first evening, Lama Ole Nydahl expressed the strong wish to make a spontaneous visit to as many as possible of the Diamond Way Buddhist groups in the close vicinity of London. A few phone calls later to discuss logistics, and a plan was made for the following day, Tuesday 1 April, to drive to Reading, Oxford and St Albans. The was the first time since Lama Ole Nydahl’s 2011 visit that he had visited groups outside the Capital.

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Lama Ole Nydahl visits London to work on the new Diamond Way Buddhist Centre, April 2013

Saturday, April 20th, 2013
Lama Ole in the Beaufoy, London April 2013

Lama Ole Nydahl in the Beaufoy Institute, April 2013

This April the new London Diamond Way Buddhist Centre at the Beaufoy Institute was fortunate to receive a visit from Lama Ole Nydahl. London was a surprise addition to Lama Ole Nydahl’s crowded schedule of worldwide travel. Lama Ole’s schedule for April included several “project days”, which are often used to focus on specific projects such as writing a book (for example the soon to be published “Fearless Death“). Because of Lama Ole Nydahl’s great enthusiasm for the new London Buddhist centre, which has gained international project status, he spontaneously decided to spend two of his project days working directly with the friends involved in the project and inspiring them with his personal example and teachings. Having heard about Lama Ole’s decision to come over, the friends in London quickly set to work preparing for the visit.

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Lama Ole Nydahl visits London and the Beaufoy Institute, January 2013

Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
Old electricity switch in the Beaufoy Institute building

Old electricity switch in the Beaufoy Institute building

From 23-27 January 2013, Lama Ole Nydahl visited London for a momentous and action-packed visit. Arriving at Heathrow Airport at lunchtime on Wednesday 23 January, fresh from his winter tour of Russia, Lama Ole with his travelling group including Tomek Lehnert were greeted by members of the London sangha as well as Caty Hartung, who had already arrived one day previously. The main focus of the visit was the London Diamond Way Buddhist Centre‘s new home at the Beaufoy Institute in Lambeth, the sale of which had completed on the auspicious day of 21 January (a Guru Rinpoche day). Caty had already spent quite a lot of time the previous day with friends in London, sharing her decades of experience in building up Diamond Way Buddhist Centres, and helping to answer many important practical questions about the big project ahead to transform the building.

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Celebration! Diamond Way paves the way to London’s largest Buddhist Centre

Monday, July 9th, 2012
Initial design for the New London Diamond Way Buddhist Centre at the Beaufoy Institute, Lambeth

Initial design for the New London Diamond Way Buddhist Centre at the Beaufoy Institute, Lambeth

On 3 July 2012, Diamond Way Buddhism was granted Planning Permission to complete the sale of the Beaufoy Institute, 39 Black Prince Road, Lambeth. We will transform the Beaufoy into the biggest Buddhist meditation centre in central London, and brought back into use for the whole community. Our vision for the Beaufoy is one that will breathe new life into the building, preserving the heritage of the original listed building, whilst ensuring it meets the needs of the Buddhist community in London, local people in Lambeth and London as a whole (click on thumbnails below to see artists impressions of the project).

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Unconventional lama sings praises of Buddhist meditation – Interview with Lama Ole Nydahl in the Calgary Herald

Monday, January 2nd, 2012
Lama Ole Nydahl Skydiving

Lama Ole Nydahl Skydiving

We just came across this recent interview from the Canadian newspaper, the Calgary Herald.

Unconventional lama sings praises of Buddhist meditation

BY MARIO TONEGUZZI, CALGARY HERALD NOVEMBER 12, 2011

Lama Ole Nydahl is a contemporary lama who enjoys skydiving, fast motorcycles and bungee jumping.

For almost 40 years he’s been busy setting up meditation centres around the world….

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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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Lama Ole Nydahl’s visit to Manchester, Exeter, London November 2011

Saturday, November 12th, 2011
Lama Ole Nydahl teaching in Manchester, November 2011

Lama Ole Nydahl teaching in Manchester, November 2011

Lama Ole Nydahl visited the UK from 8-10 November 2011 to teach in Manchester, Exeter and London. Here is a report of these exciting three days. Click on any of the thumbnails to enlarge the image.

Lama Ole Nydahl arrived in London St Pancras International by Eurostar from Belgium, having already taught in Paris, Rotterdam and Brussels during the previous days on this year’s “Channel Tour”, an annual part of Lama Ole Nydahl’s teaching schedule in which he is invited by his centres in the countries along the English Channel – France, Belgium, the Netherlands and the UK. Typically this tour is made via coach, with a full travelling group of about 60 students who, as well as attending Lama Ole’s public lectures, use the opportunity to spend more time together with their lama and sangha friends, strengthen connections and use the long coach rides for personal questions and interviews. On this leg of the journey though, Lama Ole Nydahl took the Eurostar to make enough time to visit the Diamond Way Buddhist Group in St Albans.

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