Lama Ole Nydahl on BBC Radio Newcastle

September 20th, 2009

On 17 September 2009, Lama Ole Nydahl gave a short interview on BBC Radio Newcastle before going on to give a lecture in Newcastle for the first time. The interview was broadcast on the Sunday Breakfast show with Jon Harle on 20 September.

Lama Ole Nydahl in Newcastle

September 18th, 2009

Lama Ole Nydahl teaching

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.

Flyer for Lama Ole Nydahl in Newcastle September 2009

London Buddhist Centre: Buddhism and Meditation in London since 1997

August 15th, 2009

London Buddhist Centre (Diamond Way) has been offering meditation classes for beginners and experienced practitioners  alike since 1997. In this blog post you can find out more about its development and regular activity.

London Buddhist Centre - Press the buzzer!

Our London Buddhist Centre was established in 1997 when Steve James moved to London. Steve was the first British student of Lama Ole Nydahl who was based permanently in the UK. After meeting Lama Ole Nydahl in Japan in 1993, Steve was inspired to start a Diamond Way Buddhist meditation group in Cambridge where he was studying medicine.

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Visit of H.H. 17th Karmapa to the UK, July 2009

July 1st, 2009

17th Karmapa in London, 30 July 2009

In July 2009, H.H. 17th Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje made his third visit to the UK to meet his students and give Buddhist teachings and empowerments. The visit started with a wonderful two-day programme in Manchester, hosted by the Dechen community. Details can be found here and here on the Dechen blog. There is also an article on the Dechen website where Lama Jampa Thaye reflects on the visit of the 16th Karmapa to Manchester in 1977.  The Manchester Evening News announced the event and The Times also ran a report.

Diamond Way Buddhism UK then had the great honour of hosting Gyalwa Karmapa in Liverpool and London. He was joined by Nendo Rinpoche, Lama Tsultrim Namgyal, Lama Chopon Gyaltsen, and Lama Karma Wangdu, from Rumtek Monastery.

On the way to London from Manchester on 29 July, Gyalwa Karmapa stopped briefly in Liverpool to bless the Diamond Way Buddhist Centre there. Members of the Liverpool Centre and other groups in the north of the UK made a presentation about the activity of the northern Diamond Way Buddhist centres. He gave the oral transmission for the Four Foundational Practices (Tib. Ngondro) and the Third Karmapa’s Great Seal Wishes.

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