Posts Tagged ‘Lama Ole Nydahl’

Messages of condolence on the passing of Shamar Rinpoche

Thursday, June 12th, 2014
14th Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro (1952-2014)

14th Shamar Rinpoche, Mipham Chokyi Lodro (1952-2014)

We are saddened by the profound loss of our beloved teacher Shamar Rinpoche, who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly yesterday, only a few short days after visiting us in the UK. Below are some messages of condolence as well as encouragement from many eminent Buddhist masters with whom Rinpoche shared a close bond.


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.


A House of Power

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
H.H. 16th Karmapa

H.H. 16th Karmapa

“You would come in [to Rumtek Monastery], you would see H.H. the Sixteenth Karmapa. You would see a man who could laugh so that you could hear it five houses away. You’d see a house of power, something you’d never seen before. If he were here now, everybody would gradually vibrate against the walls. I promise you that, just from his power. I’ve never seen anybody like him. I’ve seen all the high Rinpoches, all the Holinesses, but I’ve never seen anybody like him – nobody with his power, nobody with his blessing, nobody with his energy, that I’ve never seen.”

– Lama Ole Nydahl, 30 March 1996 at the International Karma Kagyu Conference, Karmapa International Buddhist Institute, New Delhi

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.


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.


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

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Lama Ole Nydahl will teach in London, Exeter and Manchester this November.
This will be Lama Ole Nydahl’s 26th visit to London. He will teach about “Buddhism in the Modern World” at the Camden Centre in Euston. He will also have public lectures in Manchester and Exeter.
Click on the images to enlarge, and visit the Diamond Way Buddhism UK website for further details.

Lama Ole Nydahl in London November 2011

Lama Ole Nydahl in London November 2011


Video advertisement for Lama Ole Nydahl’s forthcoming visit to London, Exeter and Manchester, November 2011

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

In November, Lama Ole Nydahl will come on a UK tour, starting in Manchester, going on to Exeter in the south of England and finishing up in the capital, London. In each city, Lama Ole Nydahl will give public lectures and visit the local Buddhist centre. Lama Ole Nydahl founded the Diamond Way Buddhist meditation centres in Manchester, Exeter, and London.

Full details of Lama Ole Nydahl’s UK visit can be found at our website

Lama Ole Nydahl – Introduction to Mahamudra

Saturday, October 8th, 2011
Lama Ole Nydahl teaching in 2010

Lama Ole Nydahl teaching in 2010

This teaching was published in 2001 in edition 9 of the magazine “Buddhism Today”

Buddhism Today Vo.9

Buddhism Today Vol.9

Any observation of the outer and inner worlds refers one to mind. Only mind is constantly and truly present, although not as a “something.” Consciousness is like space, unchanging and timeless, while its objects are conditioned. Both the outer world and beings’ inner states appear, change, and disappear. Only the experiencer is timeless, limitless, and everywhere.

The Great Seal, Mahamudra in Sanskrit and Chag Chen in Tibetan, was taught by Buddha to fully awaken mind’s potential and to seal its enlightened nature. Whoever rests in the radiance of the mirror while enjoying its images, and recognizes the indestructibility of the ocean beneath the play of the waves, has reached this goal.

The path there is a steadily increasing experience of richness and the bliss which enlightenment makes permanent. It already begins to manifest in short and weakened forms during the moments when no habits or expectations distract mind. Also non-meditators may taste some of this power during the free fall before the parachute opens or on a fast motorcycle, and all (hopefully) know it from sexual union. It appears in a flash when sneezing, as the joyful “a-ha” at a new and striking insight, or when one shares in the goodness or joy of others. Meditation, however, is the concise and scientific way to make this state permanent. In particular, the three “old” or “red hat” schools of Tibetan Buddhism, which focus on the Diamond Way practices of view and transformation, can make such moments into a lasting experience. Even a short exchange with a holder of the Great Seal of awareness can set off this maturation process, but a close friendship with him, or one’s co-operation in his groups is always the most effective method. In meditation, as in life, one will then experience a growing and joyful oneness with phenomena until suffering and frustrations are definitely seen as something unnecessary and odd.