Posts Tagged ‘St Albans’

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.


Karol Sleczek UK Tour, March 2010

Thursday, April 8th, 2010
Karol Sleczek

Karol Sleczek teaching in Newcastle, March 2010

From 1-21 March 2010 travelling teacher Karol Sleczek made an epic teaching tour of our UK Diamond Way groups and centres. Karol has been practicing Buddhism for over 30 years. He was one of the first students of Lama Ole Nydahl in his home country of Poland and has been instrumental in the establishment of Diamond Way Buddhism there – today Poland has over 60 Diamond Way Buddhist centres including six retreat centres. Karol, who is also trained in classical philosophy, has been travelling internationally for many years giving lectures and courses on Buddhism at Lama Ole Nydahl’s request. He is highly respected for (more…)

New Diamond Way group in St Albans

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

St Albans Diamond Way Buddhist Group

A new Diamond Way Buddhist Group has been established in St. Albans. Several friends who live north of the M25 started to visit each other and meditate together. Lama Ole gave encouragement to the founder of the group on the Trans-Siberian Express in 2008, “Just meditate together and it will all come naturally”.  After several months of regular meditations, it was decided to open to the public as an official group. Now there are several people popping in on Friday evenings for the 16th Karmapa meditation.

St Albans has a rich history as one of the three biggest trade sites in Roman Britain. Since it is one of the cradles of Christian martyrdom (Saint Alban was the first – at least official – martyr in the history of Christianity in England), it has its’ own cathedral. This makes it a city, even though only just over  60,000 people live there. Hundreds of years of being a pilgrimage site, its’ proximity to London on one hand, and the beautiful Hertfordshire landscape on the other, create a very nice and relaxed atmosphere. People are friendly and smiling and one does not feel the need to rush anywhere.  Check it out for yourself and pop in for meditation some time.

When the group thanked Lama Ole Nydahl for his blessing for the new group during his visit to the UK in September he said, “Where there is a lake, the swans will come…”

Click here for details about the group.