Lama Ole Nydahl, Danish-born Buddhist meditation master, author, and founder of Diamond Way Buddhism, visits Seattle with a lecture titled, Buddhism Now. The event, part of a larger tour through the US and Canada is sponsored in part, by the Diamond Way Buddhist Center Seattle and will take place at 8PM on Monday, November 21st, at Guggenheim Lecture hall at University of Washington.
Lama Ole Nydahl’s visit to North America will take him to Calgary, Alberta on November 17, Edmonton, Alberta on November 19and 20, Seattle on November 21 and 22 and beginning on the 23rd he will offer a five day meditation course in New Braunfels, Texas.
Meditation and Buddhism are often thought of as ways to relieve stress and live more calmly. But to Nydahl, this is only the beginning of what this 2,500 year old science of mind can offer people today.
“It’s not by changing your job all the time that you are going to find happiness. It’s actually by working with your mind,” says Nydahl. “It’s not the outer things that get happy. It’s our mind. What we have to do is really to try to see the things in such a way that they inspire us to do something good, that we become able to do something for somebody else. It’s an inner revolution.”
Lama Ole Nydahl distills the essence of Buddhism and delivers it without cultural trappings in a way that is practical for our modern world. He met Buddhism in 1968 while traveling through Nepal on his honeymoon. Nydahl and his wife Hannah became the first Western students of H.H. 16th Karmapa, Rangjung Rigpe Dorje, head of the Karma Kagyü School of Tibetan Buddhism. At the request of their teacher, the Nydahls returned to their native Denmark to begin teaching Diamond Way Buddhism in the West. Since then, Lama Ole Nydahl has spent nearly 40 years teaching Buddhism around the globe, visiting a new city virtually every other day.
Lama Ole Nydahl has authored several books including The Way Things Are (O Books) and Entering the Diamond Way (Blue Dolphin Publishing), and he can also be found on the Diamond Way Buddhism YouTube channel (BuddhismDiamondWay).
About Diamond Way Buddhist Center Seattle
Diamond Way Buddhist Center Seattle is part of an international network of over 600 meditation centers, founded and directed by Lama Ole Nydahl, one of the few westerners fully qualified as a Lama in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. Fulfilling the wishes of the H.H. 16th Karmapa, lineage holder for the Karma Kagyü school of Buddhism, Nydahl has spent the last four decades bringing the teachings of the Buddha to western students around the globe. Diamond Way Buddhist Centers are under the spiritual guidance of H.H. 17th Gyalwa Karmapa, Trinley Thaye Dorje.